Also set to be upgraded will be each ship’s Reception Hall and Upper Haul. The new Grand Staircases will be framed by intricate railings and balustrades inset with crystal accents. Overhead, a crowning grand chandelier adorned with hanging pieces of smoked and hand-painted glass will set the space aglow.The Grand Dining Room will feature buttery soft cream leather dining chairs accented with metallic bronze threading to catch the light from the stunning new crystal chandelier, which will be the room’s defining centrepiece.Insignia’s Grand Dining All-New Suites and StateroomsThe luxurious brand-new staterooms and suites will be lighter, brighter and even more spacious. Stripped down to their studs, every ounce of the re-inspired accommodation will be modernised, featuring custom-crafted furnishings, exotic stone and polished wood finishes and designer accessories, creating a harmonious celebration of style and comfort.Veranda RenderingFor convenience, USB ports will be incorporated in each of the staterooms, as well as a state-of-the-art television system with movies on demand in multiple languages, live stations and a program guide.Every fixture and surface of the bathrooms will be new, with designer fixtures, perfect lighting, lavish vanities and chic glass shower enclosures. Penthouse, Vista and Owner’s Suites bathrooms become true luxury retreats, offering more space outfitted with Carrara marble, polished granite and sleek onyx.Insignia PenthouseLead image: Insigina Penthouse Deck 8.Go back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterOceania Cruises has revealed it will invest US$100 million on enhancing the line’s four ships – Regatta, Insignia, Sirena and Nautica – as the first initiative under a project to “elevate every facet of the guest experience”.Dubbed “OceaniaNEXT”, the project will deliver four “better than new ships”, Oceania declared.Grand StaircaseFollowing the overhauls, set to be revealed between December 2018 and June 2020, the ships will feature 342 brand-new designer suites and staterooms, accompanied by new decor in the restaurants, lounges and bars.Insignia is the first vessel to undergo the modernisation and will debut looking better than ever on 07 December 2018. Sirena will follow suit in May 2019, followed by Regatta in September that year and Nautica in June 2020.“OceaniaNEXT will be the most extensive and comprehensive suite of product and guest service enhancements that we have ever undertaken,” said Bob Binder, President and CEO of Oceania Cruises.“Our Regatta-Class ships are like second homes to our loyal guests and travel partners. They don’t build ships like these anymore, which is why this re-inspiration project is such an important milestone in our company’s 15-year history. We are maintaining the intimate surroundings and personal attention that our guests love, while at the same time setting a new standard of style and elegance for small ship cruising.”“We have opened a new chapter, innovating in every way as we look to the future and the way our guests want to travel. We can’t wait for our ‘new’ ships to launch.”Oceania Cruises President and CEO, Bob BinderWith the line’s acclaimed Marina and Riviera as their muses, Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Sirena will feature richly appointed and stylish new interiors that showcase the best of residential design. Furnishings from Baker and Donghia along with fabrics from Rubelli and Kravet will adorn the public spaces, with new richly-hued custom-milled carpets lining the floors.
Few artists have had more influence on modern pop culture than Andy Warhol. The shy, quiet man was one of the most popular artists in the 1960s due to his irreverence towards art convention and his ability to promote other artists, who were known as Warhol Superstars.Indeed, he would influence much of the art world with his art, such as the famous Campbell’s Soup Cans which simply portrayed soup cans.Some were delighted by his work, others were infuriated by what they believed to be the cheapening of the art world, but all were mystified by the man’s ability to rise to the top of the pop art world.Andy Warhol, between 1966 and 1977. Photo by Jack Mitchell CC BY-SA 4.0Warhol was no stranger to admiration and his studio, known as the Factory, was where many a celebrity and artist would congregate and socialize. Art was produced, films were made and relationships grew and blossomed between Warhol and the regulars who would attend the Factory.The productions made by the Factory were extremely counter-cultural at the time. Andy Warhol was an openly gay man and many of his film productions would include elements of brazen sexuality that would shock the conservatively minded individual.Andy Warhol (right) and Ulli Lommel on the set of Cocaine Cowboys. Photo by Hollywood House of Horror CC BY SA 3.0It was this reputation for creating shocking and offensive art that would lead a woman by the name of Valerie Jean Solanas to seek out his assistance with the production of a play. This play, titled “Up Your Ass,” was by all accounts a terrible and vulgar story that had little appeal to anyone.Valerie, upon meeting Warhol outside of the Factory one morning, gave him the script and asked for him to read it, in the hopes that he would agree to produce the piece. Warhol accepted the script but didn’t particularly care for the play itself.Actress Valeria Solanos. Photo by Bettmann/Getty ImagesThe themes of the play greatly reflected Valerie’s personal beliefs. As a radical feminist, she advocated the ultimate elimination of men in the world, believing that society was fundamentally broken and only the rise of a female government and the execution of all men would be the cure.This was reflected in the book she began writing known as the SCUM Manifesto, SCUM was short for the Society of Cutting Up Men. When Valerie Solanas contacted Warhol again, asking if he had read her play and was willing to produce it, he told her that it had been lost somehow.Warhol (left) and Tennessee Williams (right) talking on the SS France, 1967.She was outraged at this news and demanded that she be paid for the work. Warhol managed to smooth things over by offering her a part in his movie, I, a Man, with the pay of $25. She accepted and played a bit role in the production.This only appeased her for a short period of time. As she was working on the SCUM Manifesto, she made friends with the founder of Olympia Press, Maurice Girodias.An ad placed by Solanas in The Village Voice, April 27, 1967.In their conversations, Girodias offered Valerie $500 for her next book and other writings, which she accepted. They signed a contract, but the wording of the language caused Valerie to begin to worry about the life rights to all of her work. For some reason, she began to believe that Girodias would own the rights to all of the works that she would ever create. Worse, Girodias was a close friend of Andy Warhol’s, which led her to one conclusion: Andy was trying to steal her work.Portrait of the American artist Andy Warhol at his exhibition dedicated to Black transvestites in the U.S. Ferrara, November 1975.The idea might seem absurd, but Valerie Solanas connected the disappearance of her script to the new contract that she had signed. In her mind, Andy Warhol was out to take all of her work and leave her with nothing. This prompted her to go out and purchase a gun. She knew that there was only one way to protect her work, and that was to kill Andy Warhol.Warhol portraits set for up £22 million at auctionShe arrived at The Factory on June 3, 1968, looking for Andy. She was turned away, but due to her persistence, she was able to get into the building when Andy finally arrived around 2:00 pm.Not suspecting a thing, Warhol was congenial towards her, complimenting her. His associate, the film director Paul Morrisey, tried to get her to leave, but she wouldn’t have it.When Andy Warhol was taking a phone call, she drew her gun and fired three times at him, with one shot dropping him down hard.Detective Frederick Stepat and policewoman McCarthy with Valerie Solanas. Photo by Frank Russo/NY Daily News Archive via Getty ImagesAfter she shot Warhol, she shot an art critic and tried to kill Warhol’s manager, but her gun jammed. Then she left, satisfied that her opponent, the man scheming to steal her art was dead. But Warhol survived and was rushed into surgery. His lungs, liver, and spleen had been heavily damaged. Thanks to the surgeon’s efforts, after five hours Warhol was saved, but he would have to wear a surgical corset for the rest of his life.As for Valerie Solanas, she turned herself in, believing that she had been justified in her actions. In her testimonies, she maintained that she was only working to protect herself from Warhol’s influence and claimed that he had total control of her life. It didn’t take long for the court to rule that she suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and she was placed in a mental hospital for treatment.Andy Warhol tombstone, St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Bethel Park, PA.Warhol survived and continued with making his art, but the attempt on his life profoundly changed the way that he saw the world. Security was beefed up at the Factory and he began to focus less on shocking the world and more on entrepreneurship, still achieving great success in the art world. He would die at the age of 58 after a gallbladder surgery.Read another story from us: Factory girl to blond bombshell: the life of Norma Jeane before she became Marilyn MonroeSome believe, perhaps rightly so, that the injuries he had incurred from the gunshot led to the complications in what should have been a routine surgery.Andrew Pourciaux is a novelist hailing from sunny Sarasota, Florida, where he spends the majority of his time writing and podcasting.