October 19, 2016: The Art Gallery, New South Wales, Australia will be hosting an exhibition of work from Warhol's commercial illustration days. "Adman: Warhol before Pop" will run from February 25 to May 28, 2017. Details here.
Spike Lee, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol at the premiere of She's Gotta Have It in 1986
October 16, 2016: A major exhibition of the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat will take place next year at the Barbican in London. Referred to as "the first large-scale UK exhibition of iconic painter and New York downtown scene prodigy Jean-Michel Basquiat," by the Barbican, the exhibition will include more than 100 works by the artist. It will also include a reconstruction of Basquiat’s first show in New York - part of a group show at PS1 in New York and a film series "The grime and the glamour: nyc 1976-90" which includes the film, Tally Brown, New York. (Tally Brown appeared in a number of Warhol films, including Batman Dracula - see filmography.)
The exhibition, "Basquiat: Boom for Real," will run at the Barbican from 21 September 2017 – 28 January 2018. The exhibition will then travel to the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt from 16 February to 27 May 2018. Details on the London film series here.
October 13, 2016: The British Museum, which normally hosts exhibitions of art and cultural artifacts from the ancient world - their current exhibition is "Sunken Cities: Egypt's lost worlds," is going to host an exhibition of modern American art for the first time in its history. It is the first time in the museum's history that it's Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery will be completely devoted to modern American art. The exhibition, "American Dream: pop to the present," will include screenprints and lithographs by Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Chuck Close, Louise Bourgeois, Kara Walker, and others. The show is due to open on March 9, 1917.
Details on The Telegraph's website here.
October 12, 2016: A new book about Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol: Born Under a Dark Star, will include essays by artists Richard Prince and Barbara Kruger and art writer Stuart Morgan (whose previous subjects include Louis Bourgeois and Franko B), and others. Due summer 2017. Edited by Douglas Fogle who also edited Andy Warhol - Supernova: Stars, Deaths and Disasters 1962-1964. To be published by Prestel.
October 1, 2016: An exhibition of photographs by the late, great Billy Name opened at the A & D Gallery in London on September 27th and will run until October 22, 2016. Details on the gallery's website here.
September 21, 2016: The Victor Bockris biography of Warhol is to be the "inspiration" for the new Warhol biopic starring Jared Leto as Warhol, currently in pre-production. Leto has purchased the rights to the book. The project is bound to be costly and could be fraught with legal difficulties - particularly if they want to use Warhol's work in the film.
Bockris' book is probably one of the most salacious versions of Warhol's life, but is not particularly known for its accuracy. The book was originally published in 1989 and not as much was known then about Warhol as we know about him now. David Bourdon's biography of Warhol, published around the same time, was more accurate although not quite as gossipy.
One thing that is bound to come up is the claim that Warhol took advantage of people like Edie Sedgwick or that he didn't pay his actors. But what underground director in the 1960s did pay their actors? Although Warhol is often blamed for Sedgwick's downfall, she was already falling by the time she met Warhol. She was already taking drugs and had already had a lobotomy by the time she met the artist.
September 20, 2016: Brendan Toller's documentary about Danny Fields, Danny Says, will be available on iTunes and Amazon in the United States (but, unfortunately, not in the UK) on September 30, 2016. Interviewees include the late, great Billy Name, Mary Woronov, Eric Andersen, Leee Black Childers, Lenny Kaye, Pat Loud, Paul Morrissey, Iggy Pop, Tommy Ramone, Yvonne Ruskin and quite a few others.
September 19, 2016: I have added an article on Jerome Hill and Charles Rydell. Rydell was the subject of three Warhol Screen Tests and the video series, Fight with his friend Brigid Berlin. Jerome was a philanthropist, painter and filmmaker - he won the Academy Award in 1957. He and Charles were, for a short time, part-owners of Interview magazine.
The article is here.
Jerome Hill (1931)
Photographer: Edward Weston
Collection Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona
© 1981 Arizona Board of Regents (MAC)