"a fact a day" - or more
22 May 2015: The Andy Warhol retrospective, originally planned to open at the Whitney next year, has been moved to 2018. It is going to be a thematically arranged exhibition curated by Donna De Salvo.
Andy Warhol's "Master Printers"
21 May 2015: The Hamilton-Selway Fine Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition called "Unseen Warhol." The name of the exhibition, "Unseen Warhol," is the name of a book that was copyright in 1996 and has nothing to do with the exhibition.
The exhibition included an event where customers were invited to "to get “Warhol-ed” by two people referred to as Warhol's "Master Printers." On another site, one of the "Master Printers" also claims to have worked with Robert Rauschenberg, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Francesco Scavullo. (http://www.artadoo.com/it/display/artist/name/michael-gladwin-enns/id/66168).
According to the Hamilton-Selway press release, "both artists have joined forces to offer our clients the rare opportunity to commission a one-of-a-kind Warhol-style portrait."(http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/hamilton-selway-fine-art-introduces-unseen-warhol-300045010.html) On the gallery's Facebook page, the gallery offers "commissioned Warhol-like portraits on site."
The event at the gallery featuring the two people referred to as Warhol's "Master Printers" is covered on the gallery's website here: https://www.hamiltonselway.com/2015/05/unseen-warhol-a-vivid-picture-of-the-glory-days-of-the-warhol-factory/. In the article they talk about "working with Andy at the legendary Factory." The legendary Factory is the silver Factory that existed in the '60s. These people are not from the '60s. By the time of the period they suggest they served as Warhol's "Master Printers," Warhol had stopped calling his offices the factory.
They may have worked for the person who did Warhol's screening, Rupert Smith, but that does not make them Warhol's "Master Printers." Rupert had his own studio. It was not part of Warhol's offices. Yet the director of the gallery is quoted in the press release as saying "Rarely has the public had the opportunity to hear the Warhol story by the people who worked hand in hand with the pop art legend."
20 May 2015: Criterion is releasing Lion's Love - the Agnès Varda film starring Viva - on 11 August 2015 - as part of a box set, Eclipse Series 43: Agnès Varda in California. Pre-orders are being accepted at: http://www.criterion.com/boxsets/1124-eclipse-series-43-agnes-varda-in-california. (Thanks VP.)
A No Man Show: An Evening with Andy Warhol (the puppet)
19 May 2015: The Museum Brandhorst will be presenting a puppet show, A No Man Show: An Evening with Andy Warhol, on 28 June 2015. Details at: http://www.museum-brandhorst.de/en/events/a-no-man-show.html.
Deborah Kass' Most Wanted
18 May 2015: Deborah Kass' America’s Most Wanted, 1998-1999 opens at Sargent's Daughters in two days - on Wednesday 20 May - and runs until 28 June 2015. Kass' work references Warhol's 13 Most Wanted Men, with curators in place of criminals. Included is Donna De Salvo of the Whitney and Robert Storr, previously a Senior Curator at MoMA. Kass is on the board of the Andy Warhol Foundation of the Visual Arts and is probably best known for her pop paintings of Barbra Streisand as Yentl. She is represented by Vincent Fremont (ex-Vice President of Andy Warhol Enterprises) and the Paul Kasmin Gallery. Her website is at: http://deborahkass.com.
For details of the exhibition go to: http://www.sargentsdaughters.com/exhibitions/deborah-kass.
Andy Warhol: Myths and Legends
17 May 2015: Bring a can of Campbell's soup to today's "Souper Sunday Free Family Day" at the Art Museum of South Texas and it will be donated to the Food Bank of Corpus Christi. The event is being held in conjunction with their current Warhol exhibition, "Andy Warhol: Myths and Legends" (8 May - 18 July 2015). A lunch was held on 8 May to open the exhibition with Missy and Wes Cochran. (See: http://www.caller.com/lifestyle/inside-society-051615_23908203).
Details of the "Souper Sunday:" at: http://www.artmuseumofsouthtexas.org/Home/tabid/55/ItemId/235/Default.aspx.
Andy Warhol: The Photographs
16 May 2015: There will be a closing party tonight for "Andy Warhol: The Photographs" at the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach. Details at: http://www.smponline.org.
Andy Warhol's Mona Lisa
15 May 2015: Footage of yesterday's auction of Andy Warhol's Colored Mona Lisa for $50 million can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTr9Sg0PfYw.
The work was known just as Mona Lisa during the 1960s. Its first exhibition in a public gallery was at the Washington Gallery of Modern Art in Washington, D.C. as part of "The Popular Image" exhibition.
The Chelsea Girls and I, A Man in Los Angeles
14 May 2015: Alfredo García has made some additions to his fascinating Warhol Film Ads site. In the 7 April 1967 section, he's added two L.A. Free Press ads - one for The Chelsea Girls at the Cinema Theater and another announcing "Mark Davidson turns on Andy Warhol" on Channel 9 - See: https://warholfilmads.wordpress.com/1967-2/.
Under 16 February 1968 he's added an article and ad on the "heterosexual Warhol movie," I, A Man, at the Cinematheque 16 in Los Angeles - see https://warholfilmads.wordpress.com/1968-2/.
David James has written written about the Cinema Theater and Cinematheque 16 in his excellent book, The Most Typical Avant-Garde: History and Geography of Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles. About the Cinema Theater he writes the following:
In the early 1960s the Cinema Theatre was one of half a dozen art houses in Los Angeles, part of the Art Theatre Guild, a national chain of twenty-nine theaters owned by Louis K. Sher. Twenty-three-year old Mike Getz, Sher's nephew and its manager, was supplementing the increasingly remunerative exploitation market with first-run exposure for the French New Wave and independent American features such as The Connection. Approached by John Fles, a local poet and critic who had for several years been screening experimental films from the National Film Board of Canada and the New York underground at the Unicorn coffeehouse on Sunset Strip, Getz agreed to allow him to begin midnight screenings at the Cinema Theatre. By this time, Fles had assembled an extensive mailing list, to which he announced the screening of two recently completed works, Stan Brakhage's Dog Star Man and Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures. Fles's mailer read, "October 12, 471 years ago, Columbus discovered America. Today you discover the New American Cinema!" The term "New American Cinema" had been current in New York for at least two years, and the midnight screenings at the Charles and Bleeker [sic] Street theatres in new York were sufficiently renowned in Los Angeles to attract to the Cinema Theatre a crowd estimated at five hundred by Arthur Knight, then a USC professor and occasional critic for the Los Angeles Times. (DJM222) [See also http://www.warholstars.org/sleep.html]
Louis K. Sher was also the founder of Sherpix which would later distribute Flesh and Lonesome Cowboys - see http://www.warholstars.org/lonesome_cowboys.html.
About the Cinematheque 16, James writes:
In the mid-1960s Los Angeles's alternative film culture was so strong that the eight-hundred-seat Cinema Theatre [where Sleep had made its L.A. premiere] was selling out every Saturday and Sunday night, and a parallel venue opened on Sunset Strip in June 1966. In 1964, Robert Lippard, an exploitation producer, had bought a theater with only 16 mm capability, intending to show nudie-cuties, but when Sunset Strip boomed as a mecca for the hippie culture, these proved unprofitable. Lewis Teague, an NYU graduate in film studies who had come to Los Angeles on an apprentice director program at Universal and had in fact directed an episode of the Alfred Hitchcock Hour for television, offered to manage it as an art house. Calling it Cinematheque 16, Teague began with weekly programs alternating between European art films and the emerging American avant-garde. The art films proved as unsuccessful as the nudie-cuties, but when advertised as "Psychedelic Film Trips," films by Brakhage Emshwiller, later Warhol, and locals including John and James Whitney, Stanton Kaye, and Peter Mays immediately knit into the local music and drug cultures and became very successful, easily sustaining a week's run for each program and, in the case of the Warhol films, becoming very profitable. Teague supplemented the regular schedules with open screenings (to which Jim Morrison brought his student films), and the other theater became an integral part of the Strip culture. Noting Teague's success, Frank Woods, a theatrical entrepreneur and producer, bought the theater and opened another Cinematheque 16 in Pasadena, which quickly failed, and in San Francisco, which became as successful as the one on Sunset Strip. In the late 1960s the Cinematheque 16 screenings and especially the midnight screenings at the Cinema Theatre were the sustaining institutions of the Los Angeles counterculture. (DJM225) [See also: http://www.warholstars.org/bike_boy.html]
Third-graders do the Factory
13 May 2015: Third graders at the Dutchess Day School in the Hudson Valley - not far from Poughkeepsie where Billy Name was born - are paying homage to Andy Warhol by exhibiting paintings they created in the style of Warhol at an exhibition called "The Factory" - now on show at the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services gallery space, 6384 Mill Street, until 30 May. Details at: http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/2015/05/12/dutchess-day-school-pop-art-peter-max-andy-warhol/27195501/.
12 May 2015: "Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971" opens on the sixth floor of MoMA on 17 May 2015 and continues until 7 September 2015. See: https://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1544. A great picture of Yoko, John Lennon and Andy Warhol by David Bourdon can be found at: http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/viewer/yoko-ono-john-lennon-and-andy-warhol-8246.
Although not part of this show, in 1971 Yoko invited Andy to participate in her exhibition, Water Talk, and Warhol produced a video involving a water cooler which was shown on a monitor during the exhibition with a copy of the videocassette displayed next to it:
From Andy Warhol 365 Takes by the staff of the Andy Warhol Museum:
Andy Warhol's only intentionally produced piece of 'video art' came about when Yoko Ono invited him to participate in her exhibition entitled Water Talk, held at the Everson Museum in Syracuse, New York, in October 1971. The invitation asked that Warhol and other invited artists 'produce with her a water sculpture, by submitting a water container or idea of one which would form half of the sculpture. Yoko will supply the other half - water." For the project, Warhol chose to create a videotape - a single 32 minute take of a water cooler from a fixed camera position, the soundtrack consisting of a group of friends, including himself and Paul Morrissey, gossiping around the water cooler at the Factory. At the exhibition, Water was shown on a monitor and a videocassette copy was displayed alongside. Yoko Ono had wanted to immerse the cassette in water as per the premise of the show, but Warhol refused.
Water, 1971/ 1/2" videotape, black and white, sound, 32 min.
Artist Rooms: Andy Warhol
11 May 2015: "Artist Rooms: Andy Warhol" will be at the Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery from 16 October 2015 to 31 January 2016. See: https://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/exhibitions/artist-rooms-andy-warhol-peterborough-museum-art-gallery.
Rob Pruitt and Peter Brant
10 May 2015: The Brant Foundation Art Study Center is hosting a private party tonight to celebrate the opening of "Rob Pruitt's 50th Birthday." Pruitt was the creator of The Andy Monument that graced the streets of New York (See "The Andy Warhol statue is unveiled in New York.") His work was also included at the most recent Venice Biennale - see https://news.artnet.com/people/venice-photo-roundup-295549 (Scroll down for Pruitt's Flea Market.)
The Brant Foundation is headed by Peter Brant who is the on-again-off-again-on-again owner of Interview magazine. Brant became an owner of Interview in the early seventies after Fred Hughes negotiated the sale of Interview shares belonging to Jerome Hill and his boyfriend Charles Rydell, to Brant and Joe Allen. In 1975 Brant gave up those shares in exchange for financing the appropriately titled film, Andy Warhol's Bad. According to Bob Colacello, it was "another complicated deal... though I believe it involved some paintings. (BC102)
In the summer of 1989 Hughes sold Interview back to Peter and his wife Sandy for $12 million. (BC503) Brant divorced Sandy in 1995 after fathering a child with supermodel Stephanie Seymour. According to the New York Times, "His former wife started a relationship with Interview’s editor at the time, Ingrid Sischy." (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/22/fashion/22Brant.html)
Brant's new wife, Stephanie Seymour, had previously been involved with Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses fame. In August 1993, Axl sued Seymour for assault and for refusing to return $100,000 worth of jewels. Seymour denied assault although she admitted that she may have "grabbed his testicles." ("Bye Bye Love," People Magazine, 18 July 1994, No. 3)
Stephanie filed for divorce from Brant in 2009, alleging that Brant was too controlling. Brant claimed that she had cheated on him and abused drugs and alcohol. In 2011 they reconciled after Stephanie gave him a Navajo blanket - a "cherished memento."
In addition to being head of the Brant Foundation, Peter Brant is also the chairman and chief executive officer of the White Birch Paper Company. He is also on the board of trustees of the Museum of Contemporary Art in L.A., a member of the chairman's council of The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the producer of a number of films - Andy Warhol's L'Amour, Andy Warhol's Bad, Basquiat, Pollock, Andy Warhol: A Documentary (in conjunction with the PBS) and The Homesman starring Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep.
Details of the party can be found at: nowhere. (If you don't already know them, you haven't been invited.) Party snapshots to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blake Gopnik in Canada
10 May 2015: Blake Gopnik will be speaking on the subject of Andy Warhol and Textiles on Wednesday 3 June at the 40th anniversary of the Textile Museum of Canada. The talk is being presented in conjunction with their current exhibition, "Artist Textiles: From Picasso to Warhol ." A fundraising dinner is also planned on the same evening.
Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now's the Time
9 May 2015: "Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now's the Time" closes at the Gallery of Ontario tomorrow and a special closing celebration will take place at the gallery tonight from 5:30 to 10:00 pm. Included in the show are some of the collaborations that Basquiat did with Warhol such as Don't Tread on Me. An exhibition catalogue was published in February.
Youth invades The Warhol
8 May 2015: Youth will be invading The Warhol museum tonight with their "unique take on Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable," including bands, a fashion show, screenprinting and other "surprises."
7 May 2015: A short article on Billy Name appeared in yesterday's Independent in the U.K. See: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/photography/intimate-snaps-of-andy-warhol-at-the-factory-10228512.html.
For more about Billy Name, see: http://www.warholstars.org/billy_name.html.
Andy Warhol Instant Video
6 May 2015: Amazon has added a considerable amount of Warhol-related movies to their "instant video" section so that viewers can "rent" them for as little as $1.99. These include the non-Warhol film, Ciao! Manhattan starring Edie Sedgwick; the Merv Griffin episode with Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick; the Candy Darling documentary Beautiful Darling; the documentary about the Chelsea Hotel, Chelsea on the Rocks; The Cool School: Story of the Ferus Art Gallery; Blank Generation; A Walk into the Sea: Danny Williams & the Warhol Factory; the classic Painters Painting directed by Emile de Antonio; Andy Warhol's Bad and The Driver's Seat with Elizabeth Taylor and Andy Warhol. Also, there are some great offers on Craig Highberger's classic documentary about his friend Jackie Curtis, Superstar in a House Dress. The film played many of the major gay and cult film festivals at the time of its initial release and was later brought out as a book and DVD. (The book includes the DVD.) Highly recommended.
Andy Warhol au Château de Waroux
5 May 2015: An Andy Warhol exhibition is opening at the Château de Waroux in Belgium on 13 November 2015 and continues until July 2016. Details at: http://www.chateau-waroux.be/expositions/exposition-andy-warhol.
Empire State Building light show
4 May 2015: Footage of the underwhelming Empire State Building light show (for the opening of the Whitney and the ESB's birthday) has been posted on the building's You Tube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkw19uNpdCI.
Although the light show was supposed to be inspired by specific works of art (see below), it's difficult to see how the lights were related to the art. Another version of an Empire State Building light show was featured on the "Good Day New York" television show featuring Donna De Salvo as one of the guests. In that version slides were projected over a photo of the building. That footage can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3J3_ie5y94&feature=youtu.be.
I think I preferred the "Good Day New York" version. At least we got De Salvo's limited commentary about the works. I think they should have just projected a giant image of Donna De Salvo onto the Empire State Building lecturing on modern American Art. Watching the t.v. show, I wondered sometimes whether they were selling a museum or a used car. I forgot how expensive American art museums are. Although admission to the Whitney is $3 less than MoMA, it is still more than twenty times the cost of admission to U.K. museums. Entry to museums in the U.K. is free - including the Tate Modern, the National Gallery and the wonderful British Museum.
Watching the ESB footage made me wonder why nobody else has published their videos of the event on You Tube or their footage of the Times Square Screen Tests for that matter. Is it because the powers that be are not permitting any footage of these public events, other than the official footage, to be posted on You Tube? Or is it due to a lack of interest? Viewers won't "share" the official footage - they want personal footage. It was a public event after all (although the lights of the ESB probably did look more impressive filtered through a glass of champagne at the private viewing at the Whitney.)
Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life
3 May 2015: "Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life" opens at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on 27 October 2015 and continues until 10 January 2016. It will be followed by "International Pop" - see below - which will run 24 February 2016 - 15 May 2016.
James Rosenquist and Campbell's Soup
3 May 2015: This is the last week for for the "James Rosenquist: Illustrious Works on Paper, Illuminating Paintings" exhibition which closes 9 May 2015 at the OSU Museum of Art. Rosenquist's Screen Test is one of the Screen Tests chosen for projection in Times Square. According to art dealer Allan Stone, he (Stone) had offered Rosenquist, Warhol and Robert Indiana a three-man show prior to Warhol's Soup Can show at the Ferus, but he had been turned down. (See http://www.warholstars.org/nowhere/andy_warhol_r27.html.)
Like Warhol, Rosenquist used product imagery in his paintings - including painting a dish of Campbell's tomato soup "long before" Warhol's Soup Cans.
When I began using advertising imagery in my paintings it was never a question of beating advertisers at their own game. It was simply the idea of doing something that had the same force as advertising, using their techniques and bizarre imagery. I never used a brand name. The closest I ever came to displaying a product was when I painted a big dish of Campbell's tomato soup with parts of male and female images floating in it. This was long before Andy Warhol's soup can. It was called In the Red, meaning broke - the average bourgeois family that is always broke. (See http://www.warholstars.org/nowhere/andy_warhol_r26.html.)
2 May 2015: The Catherine Smulders gallery in Paris will be showing work by Warhol star Gerard Malanga at Photo London 2015 in London - taking place 21-24 May (with a preview on the 20th) at Somerset House.
Details of Photo London at: http://photolondon.org.
Details of Malanga exhibition: http://www.carolinesmulders.com/#!en-cours-et--venir/cc53.
Screen Test in Times Square & TV at Jewish Museum
1 May 2015: Don't miss the first Screen Test tonight in Times Square - starts just before midnight at 11.57 pm (see below).
Also, Andy Warhol is one of the artists included in the Jewish Museum's excellently curated "Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television" exhibition which opens today and continues until 20 September 2015. Included is Warhol's TV Guide cover featuring Barbra Feldon from Get Smart.
Details of the exhibition at: http://thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/revolution-of-the-eye.
TV Guide 5-11 March 1966
Superstar celebrates 84th birthday
30 April 2015: While a Warhol Screen Test is projected in Times Square, one of Warhol's earliest and most famous superstars will be celebrating their 84th birthday tomorrow night - 1 May 2015 - at another midtown location. The birthday of the Empire State Building (along with the opening of the Whitney) will be celebrated with a massive light show featuring twelve iconic artworks as interpreted by ex-Pink Floyd lighting designer, Marc Bricman. The event will begin on 8 pm on 1 May and end at 2 am the following morning. Works by Andy Warhol, Georgia O'Keefe, Edward Hopper, Mark Rothko and others will be featured. A private view of the light show will be held at the Whitney on the outdoor terraces.
Screen Tests revisited
29 April 2015: Only two more days to the screenings of Andy Warhol's Screen Tests in Times Square. I've revised my essay on the Screen Tests, adding comments on each of the tests that are going to be shown. Re-visiting the Screen Tests reminded me of all the work and care that Callie Angell put into cataloguing and writing about them. The first volume of the film cat. rais. is an amazing piece of work. She is part of the history of the films. I think Warhol would have loved having the films screened in Times Square - not only does the Square represent New York to the rest of the world, it's so close to where the original Factory was located. R.I.P. Warhol. R.I.P. Callie.
My revised essay is here: http://www.warholstars.org/screen-tests.html.
BBC: Warhol and Fashion
28 April 2015: Sara McCorquodale has written an interesting account of Warhol's influence on fashion - particularly in regard to Warhol's Soup Can dress and the Souper Dress that was produced not by Warhol but by Campbell's. You could buy one by sending in $1 and two Campbell's soup labels. Essay on the BBC website at: http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20150427-soup-cans-that-changed-fashion.
The New Whitney
27 April 2015: The new Whitney opens in four days. See: http://whitney.org/About/NewBuilding. And whatever happened to the plan for a Warhol retrospective next year at the Whitney that was mentioned in the film cat. rais. press release here: http://whitney.org/file_columns/0002/7736/warhol_volume_2_press_release.pdf?
Warhol and Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls
26 April 2015: "Warhol and Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls" will open at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art on 17 October 2015 and run until 24 January 2016. The exhibition will focus on New York in the 70s and 80s and will include Andy Warhol's Ladies and Gentlemen series of drag queen portraits as well as Christopher Mako's photos of Warhol in drag. Work by Mapplethorpe will include images of Patti Smith and weightlifter Lisa Lyon.
An exhibition catalogue, edited by Patricia Hickson and costing $60, will be published concurrently with the exhibition. Contributors to the catalogue include Jonathan D. Katz, Tirza True Latimer, Vincent Fremont, Eileen Myles and Christopher Makos.
25 April 2015: Tracing Outlines, the documentary on the gallery that Andy Warhol, Philip Pearlstein and others frequented while they were students in Pittsburgh, is going to be shown for the first time at the Carnegie Museum of Art on 21 May 2015. The Outlines Gallery is probably where Warhol first met John Cage - see "When Did Andy Warhol Meet John Cage?" and "Notes on John Cage, Erik Satie's Vexations and Andy Warhol's Sleep."
Details on the screening at: http://www.cmoa.org/CalendarEvent.aspx?eid=25324.
Andy Warhol's Shadows in Paris
24 April 2015: Andy Warhol's Shadows - a 130m long installation of 102 paintings - opens at the Le Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris on 2 October 2015 and runs until the 7th of February 2016. They were previously on exhibit at MOCA in Los Angeles from 20 September 20 2014 to February 15, 2015.
During the MOCA exhibition the Shadows were likened to Rothko's work - particularly the Seagram murals at the Tate Modern in London. MOCA Director, Philippe Vergne, was quoted in the L.A. Times as saying that Warhol had given up painting by the late 1960s but after attending the opening of the Pompidou Center in France, Warhol "fell in love with art and painting again, and rushed back to New York” to create what, according to Vergne, Warhol referred to as "disco Rothko" for Studio 54. L.A. Times journalist Ellen Olivier writes "Like Mark Rothko’s paintings, which were created for Manhattan’s Four Seasons restaurant but never installed, Vergne said Warhol’s disco décor didn’t wind up at the artist’s favorite disco palace either; it was acquired instead by the Dia Art Foundation." (http://www.latimes.com/fashion/alltherage/la-ar-andy-warhol-shadows-exhibition-celebrated-at-moca-20140919-story.html)
Andy Warhol's Screen Tests in Times Square
23 April 2015: Ten of Andy Warhol's Screen Tests are going to be shown in Times Square every night during the month of May 2015. The films will be shown on Times Square's electronic billboards from 11:57-midnight and will include Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Lou Reed, Harry Smith and Edie Sedgwick.
22 April 2015: More changes at the Andy Warhol Museum (aka The Warhol) - Kenny Marshall has been appointed the Director of Exhibitions. Marshall previously worked at installing and helping to curate a number of shows at venues such as the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. He has at least two piercings. (Any more anywhere else?)
The Warhol is also putting on a Philip Pearlstein exhibition beginning 30 May which will include at least one of the paintings (Merry-go-round) that were reproduced in the 16 June 1941 issue of Life magazine in an article about the Carnegie Institute's 14th annual show of high school art sponsored by Scholastic Magazine. (See: http://www.warholstars.org/nowhere/andy_warhol_p8.html.)
Details of the exhibition at: http://www.warhol.org/responsive/event.aspx?id=25083.
And The Warhol is also putting on Madeline Peyroux tomorrow at the The Carnegie Lecture Hall. See: http://www.warhol.org/responsive/event.aspx?id=24744. (Very Highly Recommended)
Happy Birthday Edie Sedgwick
21 April 2015: To commemorate Edie Sedgwick on her birthday yesterday, Vogue magazine published a memorial on its website at: http://www.vogue.com/13255482/remembering-edie-sedgwick-actress-model/. Edie would be 72 years old if she were still alive today.
Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans at MoMA
20 April 2015: While the disastrous Bjork exhibition continues to take up much of the main space of the Museum of Modern Art, a Warhol exhibition - "Andy Warhol: Campbell's Soup Cans and Other Works, 1953–1967" - opens on the second floor, in the Paul J. Sachs Prints and Illustrated Books Galleries, this Thursday (25 April 2015). For the first time, the 32 Campbell Soup Cans first exhibited at the Ferus Gallery in 1962 will be displayed in a single line similar to the way they were displayed at the Ferus in Los Angeles. The exhibition that put Warhol on the art map took place in L.A., not New York. I wonder what would have happened if L.A. hadn't discovered Warhol. (For more about the Soup Cans, see "The Origin of Andy Warhol's Soup Cans or The Synthesis of Nothingness.")
19 April 2015: The new documentary about Danny Fields, Danny Says, (directed by Brendan Toller) was shown Thursday at Cimmfest - a four day festival of film and music in Chicago that ends today.
Danny Says director, Brendan Toller (@btollhaus)
poses with the Sticky Fingers album cover
Post-production on the film was paid for through a successful Kickstarter campaign - the film was first shown at SXSW on 18 March. Press from the SXSW screening can be found at: http://dannysaysfilm.com/Danny_Says/Danny_Says_Press.html.
The trailer for Danny Says can be found on the Cimmfest website at: http://cimmfest.org/danny-says/. A recent interview with Danny Fields about the film is at: http://www.cmj.com/feature/danny-fields/.
3-D Warhol: The Sculptural Work of Andy Warhol
18 April 2015: Books about Andy Warhol often promise new information about the artist but fail to come up with the goods or end up making mountains out of mole hills. But there is a book coming out in November on Warhol's sculpture (yes, sculpture) which really does deliver new information about the artist and his working techniques - 3-D Warhol: The Sculptural Work of Andy Warhol by Thomas Morgan-Evans. The book represents more than three years of research on Warhol's sculptures by the author who holds a PhD in Philosophy (History of Art) from the University of London and in 2013 gave a talk on Warhol's Silver Clouds at the Henry Moore Institute. Amazon is accepting pre-orders now for his Warhol book. Highly recommended.
Love is Enough: William Morris and Andy Warhol
17 April 2015: The Andy Warhol/William Morris exhibition, "Love is Enough: William Morris and Andy Warhol," is at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery from 25 April 2015 to 6 September 2015. It had previously been at Modern Art Oxford from 6 December 2014 to 8 March 2015. (Photos of the Oxford exhibition at: http://www.jeremydeller.org/LoveIsEnough/Love.php.)
Why an exhibition of Andy Warhol and William Morris? What does the one have to do with the other? The answer has to do with the artist Jeremy Deller who curated the exhibition. Morris and Warhol are his "two greatest artistic influences." Deller visited Warhol's offices in New York in 1986 after being groped by him at the Ritz:
From "Jeremy Deller: my summer in Andy Warhol’s Factory," The Guardian, 3 December 2014:
One day when Jeremy Deller was 20, he heard that Andy Warhol was going to be at the opening of a show in London. “I thought, ‘I’m going to go and get my picture taken with him.’” It was 1986 and Deller was an art history graduate. Once he got to the Anthony d’Offay Gallery, he watched Warhol “sitting at a big table signing stuff”. Then he was approached by one of Warhol’s entourage who invited him to the artist’s hotel room. “They said, ‘Come to the Ritz tomorrow night, room 321.’”
So the following night, he found himself with his mate Chris – “I thought I needed back up, I didn’t know what I was letting myself in for” – outside room 321. Fighting back giggles, they knocked on the door and were let into a room in which Warhol and four or five other men were watching The Benny Hill Show with the sound turned down, while listening to Roxy Music’s greatest hits.
It was a pivotal moment in Deller’s life. “We just spent a couple of hours there, with him taking pictures of us. We had these hats and stuff in our bag and we started trying them on. It was innocent fun until he groped me.” What? In the Ritz? “I took it as a compliment. I was quite flattered. I know it’s not politically correct to say so.”
The meeting led to an invitation for Deller to visit Warhol that summer at the Factory in New York. “I went into it with my eyes open.” Did he grope you again? “No. There was never any repeat of what happened.”
Details of the Birmingham show at: http://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/bmag/whats-on/love-is-enough-william-morris-and-andy-warhol.
BBC clip of Deller talking about Warhol at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01nnw44.
Lou Reed's sister defends the family
16 April 2015: In an astonishingly frank article, Lou Reed's sister, Merrill Reed Weiner, has attempted to set "the record straight" regarding Lou's family life including his "nervous breakdown" which resulted in shock therapy. Describing their family as "an average middle class Jewish family," she defends her parents as "blazing liberals" who consented to Lou's shock therapy because he "was depressed, weird, anxious, and avoidant" and not because he had "confessed to homosexual urges." She asks whether their parents made a "mistake in not challenging the doctor's recommendation for ECT" and answers "Absolutely. I have no doubt they regretted it until the day they died. But the family secret continued. We absolutely never spoke about the treatments, then or ever."
The article, A Family in Peril: Lou Reed’s Sister Sets the Record Straight About His Childhood, can be found at: https://medium.com/cuepoint/a-family-in-peril-lou-reed-s-sister-sets-the-record-straight-about-his-childhood-20e8399f84a3.
Dubliner joins staff of the Andy Warhol Museum
15 April 2015: A Dubliner, Bartholomew Ryan, is joining the staff of the Andy Warhol Museum as the Milton Fine Curator of Art on 18 May 2015. He will be replacing Nicholas Chambers who left the job in November to return to his native Australia. Ryan previously worked for the Walker Art Center and co-curated their current "International Pop" exhibition (see below). Ryan is a graduate of Trinity College in Dublin and also studied in the states at Bard. In 2013 he curated the "9 Artists" group exhibition (Yael Bartana, Liam Gillick, Renzo Martens, Bjarne Melgaard, Nastio Mosquito, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Hito Steyerl, and Danh Vo) and co-curated "Painter Painter" which included work by Matt Connors, Sarah Crowner, Fergus Feehily, Jay Heikes, Rosy Keyser, Charles Mayton, Dianna Molzan, Joseph Montgomery, Katy Moran, Alex Olson, Scott Olson, Zak Prekop, Dominik Sittig, Lesley Vance, and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung.
A short interview with Bartholomew Ryan can be found in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - see "Dublin native named Warhol Museum's new Milton Fine curator."
14 April 2015: Liz Worth is rewriting Warhol. She has turned a: a novel into a series of poems to be published this autumn. About her book, Rewriting Andy Warhol, Liz says that she "created 451 poems out of Andy Warhol’s a: A Novel. Each page was created into a poem, and each poem uses only words and phrases from its specified page. That project started as a blog and is being published in book form by BookThug this fall." A sample of her work can be found at: http://www.lizworth.com/rewriting-andy-warhol/. See also an interview with her in Zouch about her next project based on Twin Peaks: http://zouchmagazine.com/interview-liz-worth-twin-peaks-poetry-project/#ixzz3XFjsinfl)
International Pop vs. The World Goes Pop
13 April 2015: The Walker Art Center has artistically "gazumped" the Tate Modern with their International Pop exhibition which opened at the Walker on Saturday, 11 April 2015. The Tate Modern is planning a similar exhibition to open on 17 September 2015 called "The World Goes Pop," about Pop from an international perspective. From the description of the Tate show, however, the definition of what constitutes Pop seems stretched to the limits - or even beyond the limits - whereas the Walker show concentrates on the known antecedents of Pop and art that was categorized by pre-Pop labels such as New Realism or Neo-Dada. "Pop" was formally accepted as the name of the new art movement at a symposium held at MoMA on 13 December 1962.
The international movements related to Pop - examples of which are featured in the Walker exhibition - include Nouveau Réalisme in France, Concretism and Neo-Concretism (Brazil), the Art of Things (Argentina), Anti-Art (Japan) and Capitalist Realism (Germany).
"International Pop" has taken five years of planning and features more than 175 artworks by 100 artists from 20 countries. In addition to Warhol, the artists in the Walker show include Peter Blake, Rosalyn Drexler, Erró, León Ferrari, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Tanaami Keiichi, Yves Klein,Marisol, Marta Minujín, Claes Oldenburg, Wanda Pimentel, Michaelangelo Pistoletto, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, Niki de Saint Phalle, Okamoto Shinjiro Wayne Thiebaud, Jean Tinguely and others. Curated by Bartholomew Ryan and Darsie Alexander.
Screenings to be held in conjunction with the Walker show include films by Derek Boshier, Andy Warhol, Jean Luc-Godard, Tadanori Yokoo, George Kuchar, Guy Debord, William Klein, Ken Russell, Bruce Conner, Peter Whitehead and Niki de Saint Phalle.
Definitely not to be missed.
12 April 2015: Smash Cut, Brad Gooch's memoir of New York in the '80s and his relationship with his lover, Howard Brookner, is to be published on Monday. Brookner directed the film, Burroughs: the Movie and is mentioned in the latest Burroughs biography by Barry Miller: "Brookner decided that for his senior thesis he would like to make a full-length documentary about Burroughs. Bill agreed, a contract was signed, and Howard started work. Bill liked to have him around: he was gay and a heroin addict, so he fitted right in." (BMB546)
Brookner died of AIDS in 1989, just a few years before the introduction of combination therapy which would probably have saved his life. Gooch is currently married to Paul Raushenbush, a religious editor at the Huffington Post. They recently had a son.
In addition to Brookner and Burroughs, the book also includes mentions of Andy Warhol, Madonna and other high-profile New Yorkers of the '80s. Gooch notes in the prologue: "...I'd been writing by myself, for several months, trying to recall the past, as if it were a dream that I was recording, like a novel, with these characters Brad and Howard, and some other more famous characters like Andy or Bill or Madonna, names that felt italicized as I typed them out."
Gooch previously wrote the Frank O'Hara biography, City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O'Hara. (Warhol had, at one point, planned a film called Messy Lives featuring pieces by O'Hara and other poets, but no footage was ever shot.)
I'll do a short review of Gooch's new book once I've read it and will post it here.
A Day in the Life of Andy Warhol
11 April 2015: BBC Scotland is doing a documentary on a day in the life of Andy Warhol. Shooting in New York in late May/June. (I wonder what day they are doing - I hear that 6 October 1966 was a good day.)
Warhol by the Book
10 April 2015: "Warhol by the Book" at the Williams College Museum of Art closes in August 2015. Review by Blake Gopnik who is currently working on a biography of the artist: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/at-williams-college-andy-warhol-casts-his-queer-eye-on-books-276393.
09 April 2015: In preparation for their upcoming Prints & Multiples sale, "and its leading lot, Keith Haring’s Andy Mouse," Christie's has posted an interesting page on Keith Haring and the Andy Mouse, with quotes from Warhol and Haring and some great images of the screenprints. They will be auctioning off the complete set of four screenprints from 1986, each signed and dated by Haring and Warhol. See: http://www.christies.com/features/Haring-and-Warhol-5831-1.aspx.
A fact a day
08 April 2015: Does this new format work in your browser? If not, email me: email@example.com. I'll be adding at least one Warhol-related news "fact" a day - taking as my inspiration what Warhol allegedly said to Henry Geldzahler: "Oh, you know so much. Teach me a fact a day and then I'll be as smart as you." (LD139)
Andy Warhol's Great-Niece does Pysanky (in Manchester, England)
07 April 2015: Julia Warhola's (alleged) great-niece does pysanky in Manchester, England. See: "Manchester woman continues old world egg decorating tradition of ‘pysanky.'"
Warhol N.Y. branch is cancelled
06 April 2015: The Warhol museum has recently announced that it will not be carrying forward the plans to establish a New York branch as part of a new development in Seward Park on the Lower East Side in Manhattan. The branch was planned to be 10,000 square feet.
Eric Shiner, the director of The Warhol, has issued a statement saying that "The Andy Warhol Museum, which had been exploring its participation in the Essex Crossing development in lower Manhattan, has determined that it will not proceed with the project. Despite the efforts of both the museum and the developers, an internal study of business and other operational considerations led the museum to this decision."