Andy Warhol to Henry Geldzahler: "Oh, you know so much. Teach me a fact a day and then I'll be as smart as you." (LD139)
- a Warhol news fact a day (or more) -
by gary c.
December 1, 2015: Photos from last night's book launch for Ron Tavel and the tribute to Norman Glick are below. Details of Tavel's book, Andy Warhol's Ridiculous Screenplays, can be found on the website for Fast Books Press here.
Bibbe Hansen and Augusto Machado
(Photo: Victor P. Corona)
Ruby Lynn Reyner
(Photo: Victor P. Corona)
Tonight: Ronald Tavel book launch and Glick tribute
November 30, 2015: REMINDER: Tonight (Monday) is the book launch of Ronald Tavel's book about his experiences as Warhol's screenwriter - Andy Warhol's Ridiculous Screenplays - as well as a tribute to Tavel's brother-in-law Norman Glick. Author of The Bed, Robert Heide, will also be on hand to give a special talk about his relationships with Tavel, Warhol and the Caffe Cino.The evening is open to the public and will include film screenings in addition to live entertainment.
Starts tonight at 8 pm at the Theater for the New City at 155 First Ave. (at E. 19th St.). Info: (212) 254 1109.
Details of Tavel's book can be found on the website for Fast Books Press here.
Andy Warhol Portraits
November 29, 2015: The exhibition, "Andy Warhol: Portraits" opens at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento on March 13, 2016 and runs until June 19, 2016. Details here.
Andy Warhol: The Life Years 1949 - 1959
November 28, 2015: The exhibition, "Andy Warhol: The Life Years 1949 - 1959," continues at ETH Zurich until December 23, but then will reopen after the holidays on January 4 and close on January 17, 2016. (It opened earlier this month on November 4, 2015) A book edited by Paul Tanner has been published in conjunction with the show.
Details of the show here.
Andy Warhol at A & D
November 27, 2015: An exhibition of photographs of Andy Warhol by William John Kennedy opened at the A & D Gallery in London on November 25 and continues until December 20. Details here.
November 26, 2015: There will be a tribute to the director/actor Norman Glick on Monday, November 30, 2015, along with the book launch of Ronald Tavel's last book, Andy Warhol's Ridiculous Screenplays, at the Theater for the New City in New York. The evening will be hosted by Chris Kapp (director of the "Coffeehouse Chronicles" at La Mama) and will included video footage of Tavel's plays and a medley by Norman Marshall of songs from Tavel's Theater of the Ridiculous productions. The tribute and book launch will begin at 8:00 pm at the Theater for the New City at 155 First Avenue (at E. 10th Street). Info at: (212) 254-1109.
Glick was married to Harvey Tavel who appeared in a number of Warhol films (including Hedy, Horse and The Life of Juanita Castro). Harvey was the brother of Warhol's screenwriter Ronald Tavel. Andy Warhol's Ridiculous Screenplays is a personal account by Ron Tavel of what it was like working for Warhol. It also contains an essay by Tavel which clears up a lot of misconceptions about the Theatre of the Ridiculous, an index of names and titles (indispensable for researchers) and an introduction by Marc Siegel.
Marc Siegel was one of the curators of the "LIVE FILM! JACK SMITH! - Five Flaming Days in a Rented World" festival that took place in Berlin October 28 - November 1, 2009. Tavel was returning from a planning session for the festival when he died on the plane taking him home to Thailand. After Tavel's death, Siegel was instrumental in getting Mario Montez to come out of retirement and appear at the festival in honour of Tavel. (Montez had always insisted on privacy because he didn't want his employer to know that he had been a transvestite superstar.) Montez starred in one of my favourite Warhol films, Screen Test No. 2, with a script (or "scenario") by Tavel who performed as the off-screen "tester." This is not to be confused with the shorter film portraits made by Warhol that later became known as the "Screen Tests" - a distinction that Tavel clears up in the book:
Ronald Tavel (Andy Warhol's Ridiculous Screenplays, Fast Books Press, 2015, p. 8-9):
The Warhol Living Portraits got off the ground almost as soon as Andy started filming... The subject was seated between the camera which squatted on a tripod and a blank, open projection screen. Andy would click on the camera and walk off. The portraits always were telling, in their way as much as or more so than ones on canvas. Mine was slated for inclusion in a feature called Fifty Fantasticks: as the title implies, a collection of fifty of these breathing portraits.
Gerard [Malanga] made double frame stills from a number of these rolls, with the preceding frame above the slightly cropped second, wrote a lyric to go with each, and published them in a huge and heavy softback called Screen Tests. As a result, film historians today call the 500 living portraits screen tests. They should not: they were far more final than that. "
Tavel gives a very personal impression of a hard-working Warhol that often differs from the impression given by other writers:
Ronald Tavel (Andy Warhol's Ridiculous Screenplays, Fast Books Press., 2015, p. 10-11):
"... my strongest image of Andy in 1964 is the one he settled for on Christmas Eve, because I spent that night alone with him at the Factory. He worked through the long hours, crouching over sets of his Marilyn and Jackie silkscreens, spraying each with different primary colors and commenting to me the while on his choice. Then he moved some large Elvis Presley black and white double-images to a better stacking spot elsewhere in the studio, washed up, and dried his hands. It was past midnight: he would be spending what remained of the hours till dawn with his aged mother, and taking her to services in the morning."
The chapters of the book have appeared on the net previously as introductions to Tavel's online plays in a different format but having them edited together in a book format provides a continuous narrative of Tavel's interactions with Warhol that is fascinating. The additional essay is also a welcome addition as is Siegel's introduction. The book is really a labour of love. Norman Glick requested it be published before Glick died and the end result is well worth the price of purchase.
It can be bought directly from Fast Books here or through Amazon.
Andy Warhol Barbie
November 25, 2015: According to Barbie Blogging site, http://papusilemele.com, Mattel plans on bringing out a new Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Can Barbie in 2016 and there will be two versions - one that is platinum. The new doll is scheduled to be available from January 2nd. (It will be interesting to see how the price compares to the "so fierce" Moschino Barbie.) It won't be the first time that Mattel has done an Andy Warhol Campbell's Soup Can Barbie - they brought out an alphabet soup can version in about 2000.
Andy Warhol's Since
November 24, 2015: Harvard Art Museums will be showing Andy Warhol's Since on December 6, 2015 as part of their "Films That Go Pop: Television Assassination—Politics and Protest"series. Details here.
Pop Art Design
November 23, 2015: "Pop Art Design" opens at the MCA on December 19, 2015 and runs until March 27, 2016. Details here.
Peter Blake and the origins of "Pop Art"
November 22, 2015: An interview with English Pop artist Peter Blake has appeared in the Daily Mail. In the interview he claims to have come up with the term "pop art" in 1958 in conversation with Lawrence Alloway. (Arthur Danto and other art writers credited Lawrence Alloway with the origination of the term in Alloway's essay "The Arts and the Mass Media." But the term "pop art" never actually appeared in Alloway's essay which is here.)
Blake also talks about his friendships with various art celebrities such as Tracy Emin (they've fallen out) and musical artists for whom he has designed album covers. The interview is here.
John Waters' Ten Favourite Books
November 21, 2015: John Waters has chosen his "Ten Favorite Books" for the New York Times Style magazine and they include the (brilliant) biography of filmmaker Andy Milligan - The Ghastly One - as well as Michael McClure's The Beard.
Andy Milligan directed a considerable amount of plays at the Caffe Cino and his book contains one of the best accounts of what the Cino was like - including, of course, the period when Warhol's crowd started going there. More on the Cino at: "Caffe Cino."
More on McClure's Beard at: "Andy Warhol, Michael McClure and The Beard."
The full list of Waters' favourites is here.
Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei in Vogue
November 20, 2015: Vogue Australia has published an article on the upcoming Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei exhibition here. They're also running a competition in which the winner gets two return flights to Australia, accommodation at the Sofitel in Melbourne and V.I.P. invites to the opening of the show.
November 19, 2015: A major survey of Merce Cunningham's artistic collaborations will open at the Walker Art Center on February 11, 2017 and run until May 29, 2017. Included will be his collaborations with Andy Warhol, John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. Details here.
More on Merce Cunningham in the Mark Lancaster interview here.
Marcia Resnick and Paige Powell
November 18, 2015: There's an interview with Marcia Resnick in the Village Voice about her new book, Punks, Poets, and Provocateurs, New York City Bad Boys, 1977-1982 here and a slideshow of Paige Powell's show in Flavorwire here.
Interview with Brigid Berlin
November 17, 2015: An interview with Brigid Berlin has appeared in Interview magazine here.
Ludwig Goes Pop
November 16, 2015: The Ludwig Museum is currently hosting a major exhibition of Pop - Ludwig Goes Pop + The East Side Story - which continues until January 3, 2016. Artists include Andy Warhol, Roy LIchtenstein, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Tom Wesselmann, Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney and others. Details here.
Dippy wins over Warhol
November 15, 2015: Dippy the Dinosaur has won over Warhol and Van Gogh in a vote by museum-goers voting on their "favorite artwork, artifact or experience" from the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh to celebrate its 120th anniversary. The finalists were Vincent Van Gogh's Wheat Fields After the Rain, at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Miniature Railroad & Village at the Carnegie Science Center and Andy Warhol's Silver Clouds at The Andy Warhol Museum.
Details in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette here.
Andy Warhol Museum launches scavenger hunt
November 14, 2015: The people who do the PR for the Andy Warhol Museum - Marc USA - have announced a "city-wide scavenger hunt" that leads to the new Warhol exhibition Warhol by the Book. The agency is hiding "more than 150 specially designed books" throughout Pittsburgh. The finder returns them to the museum, receives two free tickets for entry, and the books will eventually form a Warhol image. It's an interesting idea - but will these "books" become collector's items themselves - meaning that they won't be returned to the museum? It will be interesting to see how it pans out. The press release is here.
Warhol at the Ashmolean Museum
November 13, 2015: An exhibition of more than 100 works by Andy Warhol, including films, will be be exhibited at the Ashmolean Museum of Art at the University of Oxford from February 4 to May 15, 2016.
Party at Halston's
November 12, 2015: Monday night there was a party at Halston's old home at 101 E. 63rd Street in New York after a benefit for the Andy Warhol Museum at Le Cirque attended by (among others) Jane Holzer, Bob Colacello, Vincent and Shelly Fremont, Michael Chow, Peter Marino and Adam Lindeman (now the proud owner of the Montauk property previously owned by Warhol and Paul Morrissey). Guests travelled from Le Cirque to the party in a line of limos, 80s style. At one point during the party, guests participated in a sing-along, with the participation of Debbie Harry, Justin Bond and Patrick McMullan.
Four Marilyns fails to meet Christie's guarantee
November 11, 2015: Andy Warhol's Four Marilyns went for slightly more than $36 million at Christie's auction last night. But what was even more interesting was what didn't sell. Out of the 17 lots that didn't sell, five were by Warhol, making him the most unsold artist in the show. The unsold works included a Flowers painting, Self-Portrait (Nine Times) and a Little Electric Chair. Even Four Marilyns went for a price that was below the auction house's guarantee of $40 million.
A list of the paintings on auction and what they achieved can be found at: http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/salebrowse.aspx?intsaleid=25344&viewType=list&action=paging&num=90.
Brigid Berlin: "I hate Hillary Clinton"
November 10, 2015: In a video posted by the Strand Bookstore in New York of Brigid Berlin's Q&A, Brigid, who spends her days watching Fox news and talking on the phone (she gives the Fox news schedule by memory during the interview), makes the comment in the middle of the video. Although people have an impression of the Factory being full of radicals and rebels, quite a few were the opposite - Brigid was always a Conservative (even while she was shooting up methedrine through her jeans), as was Paul Morrissey and Bob Colacello (at the second Factory). Paul wasn't lying went he said he made Trash as an anti-drug film.The most shocking thing about the panel discussion, however, wasn't Brigid - it was the fact that nobody in the audience accepted her offer of tuna sandwiches made by Colin Shanley.
The video is at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sKGmIKctVA.
Peter Brant sues over Electric Chairs
November 9, 2015: Peter Brant's foundation is suing an insurance company over damage to his series of Electric Chairs. The company has refused to cover $9 million worth of damage to the paintings incurred when loaning them to public exhibitions in Italy. Brant is the publisher of Interview magazine.
On&By Andy Warhol
November 8, 2015: A new book of texts by and about Andy Warhol - On&By Andy Warhol (edited and introduced by Gilda Williams) - is due to be published in February of next year. The book is a fascinating collection of writings either about Warhol or actually written by him, taken from a wide selection of material. Williams is a London-based New Yorker and Lecturer at Goldsmiths, the University of London and Sothebys, in addition to being a correspondent for ArtForum magazine. Previously, she has served as both editor and commissioning editor for contemporary art for Phaidon Press. On&By Andy Warhol is being published by Whitechapel/MIT Press.
The care that Williams has taken to include the most interesting and relevant articles can be seen from the writers whose work she included - a veritable "who's who" of Warholiana - including Callie Angell, Roland Barthes (at last his comments on Pop art are being re-published!), Gregory Battcock , Bob Colacello, John Coplans, Douglas Crimp, Rainer Crone, Thomas Crow, Arthur C. Danto, Donna DeSalvo, Trevor Fairbrother, Hal Foster, Donald Judd, Lucy R. Lippard, Richard Meyer, Stuart Morgan, Barbara Rose, Robert Rosenblum, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Simon Watney, Reva Wolf, Mary Woronov, and others.
Front cover of On&By Andy Warhol
November 7, 2015: Supermodel and friend of Halston, Pat Cleveland, is putting the finishing touches on her autobiography which is due to be published in June 2016 by Simon and Shuster. She signed a contract with the publisher last year In a deal brokered by literary agent David Kuhn. Kuhn's agency is also handling the Marina Abramović autobiography due in 2017 and represented Eric and Jennifer Goode when Abrams published their book on the nightclub Area in 2013. Cleveland's autobiography is to be called Walking Girl.
Andy Warhol (Saturday, July 11, 1981 - Montauk):
Went to the kitchen for coffee in the main house. Pat Cleveland was reading her Latin books and her mind-control books. I told her about the Silver Mind Control Place in New York that Jon [Gould] said he went to. What's that name? Silva. Silva Mind Control. She was after Jon, showing him how to walk like you have a dime up your ass and they did that well. She talks model talk. And she plays the flute. Only three notes. And she does yoga. All those things. She took off her clothes and they were nude sunbathing and fucking the rocks. She had a great body and Jon had one, too, and Chris is a little fat but it's a good body and I had on my white protector and I was safe except for my feet which got burned because I walked. (AWD551)
Facebook bans Joe Dallesandro for 24 hours
November 6, 2015: Warhol superstar Joe Dallesandro was banned by Facebook for 24 hours for posting a link to an article about a 1992 fashion show that raised $700,000 for AIDS research. The show was by Gaultier and featured Madonna in a topless outfit designed by Gaultier. Joe was one of the models in the show - with hair styled by Teddy Antolin who did David Bowie's hair on tour (including Bowie's Glass Spider Tour which is available on DVD).
Six hours ago, Joe posted on his Facebook page " just got out of 24 hour detention from Facebook. If you were stupid like me and put that amFAR Jean Paul Gaultier/Madonna Fashion show article on your page you should think about deleting it before they do it for you." AmFAR is the Foundation for Aids Research which funds studies into the treatment of AIDS, including the search for a vaccine.
Although Facebook can ban you, you can't block it's founder, Conservative Mark Zuckerberg, from your page - see: http://metro.co.uk/2015/11/05/you-cannot-block-mark-zuckerberg-on-facebook-no-matter-how-hard-you-try-5482529/.
The article that caused Joe to be banned by Facebook can be found at: http://www.anothermag.com/fashion-beauty/7543/jean-paul-gaultiers-1992-amfar-extravaganza.
The Life of Juanita Castro
November 5, 2015: Andy Warhol's The Life of Juanita Castro (written by Ronald Tavel) is going to be screened at Atlanta Contemporary, tomorrow, November 6, 2015. Details at: https://atlantacontemporary.org/events/film-love-presents-the-life-of-juanita-castro-by-andy-warhol.
More details on Ronald Tavel at: http://www.warholstars.org/ronaldtavel.html.
Brigid Berlin Polaroids in New York Magazine
November 4, 2015: An article on Brigid Berlin's new book of Polaroids, complete with slide show, has appeared in "The Cut" section of New York Magazine at: http://nymag.com/thecut/2015/10/brigid-berlin-polaroids-andy-warhol.html.
Manhattan in Chains?
November 3, 2015: Author Neal Pollack has written a blog about the '70s in which he recalls going to an art gallery that used to be a butcher shop and seeing a Warhol film called "Manhattan in Chains" - surprising because I've never heard of such a film. Does anyone know what film or gallery he could be referring to? His blog is at: http://forward.com/culture/323482/me-and-patti-smith-and-andy-warhol-and-1970s-new-york-and-me/. Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judge apologises to Jonas Mekas over Flaming Creatures
November 2, 2015: A Judge has written to Jonas Mekas to apologize for prosecuting Mekas over the screening of Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures in 1964.
NY Times article in at: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/01/nyregion/the-prosecution-resets-in-a-1964-obscenity-case.html.
More info on the original bust at: http://warholstars.org/jack_smith.html#tjtfg3 with more detailed information in: "Jonas Mekas and the Film-Makers' Cinematheque," page 2 - 3. (http://warholstars.org/filmmakers-cinematheque-2-1963.html)
Brigid Berlin and John Waters
November 1, 2015: More photos of Brigid Berlin's appearance at the Strand on Friday:
John Waters, Warhol star Bibbe Hansen and arts writer Alexander Cavaluzzo
(Photo: Victor P. Corona)
John Waters (L), Anastasia Rygle (co-editor of Brigid's book) in black coat
at head of table, Thomas Kiedrowski (author of Andy Warhol's New York City) behind her
Brigid Berlin Polaroids (a limited edition book) will be available world-wide, It can be ordered from the publisher, Reel Art Press, Amazon or the usual outlets. Reel Art Press is at: http://www.reelartpress.com/catalog/edition/82/brigid-berlin-polaroids.
Brigid Berlin at the Strand
October 31, 2015: John Waters attended Brigid Berlin's appearance at the Strand last night, along with George Abagnalo (co-writer of Andy Warhol's Bad and the photographer in Women in Revolt), Warhol star Bibbe Hansen, Jay Johnson (twin brother of deceased ex-boyfriend of Warhol - Jed Johnson), Thomas Kiedrowski (author of Andy Warhol's New York City), and Christopher Makos (photographer of Warhol-in-drag pictures). Professor of Nightlife, Victor P. Corona, was also there and took the following photographs of Brigid and the other panel members.
Brigid was flogging her current book of Polaroids, published by Reel Art Press at: http://www.reelartpress.com/catalog/edition/82/brigid-berlin-polaroids.
L to r: Brigid Berlin, Gerard Malanga, Vincent Fremont, Bob Colacello
(Photo: Victor P. Corona)
Warhol stars Brigid Berlin and Gerard Malanga
(Photo: Victor P. Corona)
Don't Forget - Brigid Berlin is tonight
October 30, 2015: Brigid Berlin will be appearing tonight, October 30, 2015, at The Strand bookshop in New York, beginning at 7:00 pm. Gerard Malanga, Bob Colacello and Vincent Fremont are also going to be there.
An article about Brigid appeared in yesterday's New York Times at: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/30/arts/design/brigid-berlin-a-warhol-satellite-full-of-personality.html.
Richard Polsky starts an Andy Warhol Art Authentication service
October 29, 2015: Richard Polsky has set up his own Andy Warhol Art Authentication service. Unlike the official Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board, which authenticated works that were physically presented to them for consideration, Polsky appears to be willing to authenticate works based on photographs sent by email. He is also charging $2,500 per item.
He hopes to avoid lawsuits from dissatisfied clients with the disclaimer, "you are consenting not to hold Polsky's liable for our opinion. Simply stated, you are agreeing not to sue us if you are unhappy with our decision or if our ruling is not accepted by others." The Authentication Board had a similar proviso if you submitted a work, but that didn't prevent them from getting sued by disgruntled submitters who questioned the legality of such a proviso.
But Polsky goes even further. He adds a "third party" disclaimer stating that "if you pass your authenticated painting to somebody else, they also cannot sue Polsky's." But how on earth can someone waive the right to sue on behalf of a future unknown "third party" buyer? Only the "third party" buyer would be able to waive his right to sue.
On his site Polsky quotes Peter Brant as saying "Richard Polsky is a bona fide expert in the work of Andy Warhol." Mr. Brant, are you aware that Polsky is quoting you to advertise his services? Polsky also warns "there is no guarantee that an auction house will accept your painting for resale..." on the basis of his "authentication." Before you pay your $2,500 you might want to find out whether Sotheby's or Christie's would consider selling your (alleged) Warhol painting on the basis of an authentication by Polsky.
I am interested in hearing from people who have dealt with Polsky before. Email me at: email@example.com.
Holly Woodlawn's 69th birthday
Holly Woodlawn's 69th Birthday Cake
October 28, 2015: Warhol star Holly Woodlawn (who also appeared in the television series Transparent and non-Warhol films such as Billy's Hollywood Kiss and Twin Falls Idaho) celebrated her 69th anniversary on October 26, 2015 with friends at the care facility where she is recovering from treatment for brain and lung cancer. Actor Brian Hamilton, an old friend of Holly's (a young old friend), has posted footage of the event on You Tube (see link above) and has also sent in a "selfie" of himself and Holly.
Holly Woodlawn and Brian Hamilton
Holly Woodlawn's 69th Birthday party - October 26, 2015
All the best wishes for your continued recovery Holly! xx
Anita Sarko's obituary by Michael Musto
October 27, 2015: Michael Musto has written an obituary for Anita Sarko in Paper magazine which goes into more details about her life and death. The New York Times has also published an obituary.
Michael Musto ("R.I.P. Anita," Paper mag.) :
On Sunday October 18, her husband came home from a trip to Canada, saw a note she'd left and found her on the bathroom floor with a rope around her neck. She'd also hung her red wedding dress. Her note expressed appreciation to her husband, me, pal Kohle Yohannan, and her childhood friend Linda. At times a walking raw nerve, Anita was brilliant and unique and had to be tougher to make it in a man's field, but she was a marshmallow deep down, and a fierce and devoted friend.
The New York Times lists her husband, Erzen Krivca, as her only survivor. There is no mention of any other living family members and no announcement by the family regarding funeral arrangements.
Michael Musto's tribute can be found at: http://www.papermag.com/2015/10/rip_anita_sarko.php.
Happy Birthday Holly Woodlawn
October 26, 2015: Happy birthday Holly. xx
Listing for Cabaret in the Sky with Holly Woodlawn
and Jackie Curtis in New York Magazine, June 10, 1974, p. 17
More on Holly Woodlawn at: http://www.warholstars.org/holly_woodlawn.html.
Jonas Mekas' Scrapbook of the Sixties
October 25, 2015: Jonas Mekas needs your help. There are only 14 days to go in the Kickstarter campaign by his publisher, Spector Books, to get his new book published - Scrapbook of the Sixties. Donations of $35 will get you a first edition copy of the book. Go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spectorbooks/jonas-mekas-scrapbook-of-the-sixties.
Mekas, as most of you will already know, founded the Film-Makers' Cooperative which distributed much of Warhol's early work. See "Jonas Mekas and the Film-Makers' Cinematheque" at: http://www.warholstars.org/filmmakers-cinematheque-1-1961-62.html.
October 24, 2015: So saddened to hear of the news of the death of Anita Sarko. According to Michael Musto, "the letter she wrote before ending her life last weekend was full of love and gratitude toward those who passed her test and were special to her."
During the '80s I was part of a small group of friends who were regulars at the Mike Todd Room at the Palladium during its early days, when Anita and her cohort Haoui Montaug were at the door. We were club kids (well, club adults) before there were club kids. It really was a home away from home. Regardless of what other clubs we went to we always ended up at or stopped by the Mike Todd room. It's been years since I've been back to New York, years since I had any contact with Anita. The last time I saw her was probably when I was visiting New York after Haoui died and, in true New York fashion, she shared the story of his suicide as though it was a scene in a movie - the pills, the plastic bag to tie around his head to suffocate himself after taking the pills, the fact that he didn't die with the first lot of pills and had to take more and his invitation to a small group of friends to his apartment so he could say good-bye. But Haoui had AIDS and his death made a certain sense. It was horrible back then for people with AIDS. True horror. We are so lucky nowadays.
Anita also dealt with illness. About five years ago she was diagnosed with ovarian and uterine cancer but she was declared clear earlier this year. But now, with her passing, it really does seem like an end to the '80s - both Haoui and Anita dead - although I suppose the '80s died a long time ago - I just hadn't noticed. The '80s were like my generation's '60s. But Anita's death seems like a final end to those memories of the freedom of that room where we were allowed to do anything, of free drink tickets and instant entry (we didn't pay for anything back then - at least not club-wise) and Anita or Haoui or both were working the door. She seemed so happy back then. That's how I'll remember her - as happy. She hasn't died, she's just gone to Bloomingdale's.
Interview with Julian Burroughs
Andrew Dungan (aka Julian Burroughs) in Andy Warhol's film The Nude Restaurant
October 23, 2015: "Julian Burroughs" is credited as appearing in a number of Warhol films including Lonesome Cowboys and The Nude Restaurant. His real name was actually Andrew Dungan. He had adopted the name Julian Burroughs after deserting from the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Dungan gives a mesmerizing monologue at the end of one of my favourite Warhol films, The Nude Restaurant, encouraging people to demonstrate against the war (who said Warhol was apolitical?).
He currently lives in the states and I've managed to do an interview with him in which he confirms that Warhol was behind the camera during both Lonesome Cowboys and The Nude Restaurant, describes footage that Warhol shot of him while he was in exile in Paris, provides information about another anti-war Warhol film he was in - Burn the War - and gives new information about the death of Tom Baker who starred in I, A Man.
The interview is at: http://www.warholstars.org/andrew-dungan-julian-burroughs.html.
No End to Beauty
October 22, 2015: Sotheby's will be holding an online auction - "Francesco Scavullo: No End to Beauty" - on November 2, 2015. Included are prints of Andy Warhol (including one with Warhol adjusting his movie camera while Gerard Malanga looks on), Brigid Berlin and Imam, Joe Dallesandro and Sylvia Miles, Candy Darling and Salvador Dali, and Scavullo's often reproduced image of Holly Woodlawn on the floor with cigarette butts. The Holly image is huge - measuring almost 4 feet square and signed with an estimate of $6,000-8,000 and no reserve.
You must register in advance in order to bid and there are some real bargains - many estimated in the $800 - $2,000 range. The image of Dallesandro and Sylvia Miles is est. at $800 - $1200. And who wouldn't like a photo of Dick Cavett in his y-fronts for $700 - $900? (The most disturbing thing about the Cavett photo is the towel he is standing on. Was he that afraid of getting his socks dirty?)
Photos of the photos at: http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/2015/francesco-scavullo-n09387.html.
Christie's claims that Marilyn was Stephen Bruce's idea
October 21, 2015: Christie's auction house is running a story on their website in which they appear to credit Stephen Bruce, the owner of Serendipity, with coming up with the idea of Warhol's Marilyn paintings.
While Andy Warhol will be forever associated with his iconic depictions of Marilyn Monroe they first came together not on the canvas but at Stephen Bruce’s sweet shop, Serendipity. Three days after Monroe’s death, Bruce approached Warhol who was dining at the restaurant with his friend Ed Plunkett and pleaded, ‘Oh, Andy, will you do a book for us on Marilyn?’ Serendipity already sold several of Warhol’s 1950s style books illustrated with cherubs and cats, so when the artist agreed, “Well, okay,” no one could surmise what was to come next.
Christie's does not give the source of their information but it's similar to what appears in Scherman/Dalton biography of Warhol:
Scherman/Dalton, p . 125: A few days after Marilyn killed herself on August 5, Warhol's friend Ed Plunkett ran into Andy, who proposed going to Serendipity. When they arrived, "one of the owners rushed up and said, 'Oh, Andy, will you do a book for us on Marilyn?" Plunkett supposed that he meant one for Andy's fifties-style books of cherubs and kitty cats, which Serendipity sold. "Andy sort of said, 'Well, okay.'" It would be fitting if the Marilyn series blossomed over a casual exchange at Serendipity.
If this is the source of their information, Christie's should have credited the book on their website. The problem with this explanation, however, is that Warhol didn't do a book of Marilyns. And none of his previous books were devoted to a single subject, let alone a major movie star. (Even 25 Cats Name Sam included one blue pussy.)
And what is meant by Andy "sort of said" okay. How do you sort of say okay? Warhol was already doing Troys, and other Hollywood stars, so why not Marilyn? It seems more probable to me that if Bruce did suggest the book, it may have been because he had heard that Warhol was doing Marilyns and then suggested a book of them to be sold at his shop - that is assuming that the conversation ever actually took place. The Serendipity story does not appear in the cat. rais. as the reason for the paintings and, given the nebulous nature of the claim, I'm surprised it is included on the Christie's site as though it is fact, without indicating the source of the story.
October 20, 2015: Bartholomew Ryan has quit his job as the Milton Fine Curator of Art at the Andy Warhol Museum after only five months. When asked why he quit by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, he gave his reason as “The single artist museum concept was just not for me.” Mr. Ryan had previously worked for the Walker Art Center and co-curated their "International Pop" exhibition.
(Photo: Gene Pittman for Walker Art Center)
Matt Wrbican discusses Andy Warhol
October 19, 2015: The Chief Archivist of The Andy Warhol Museum, Matt Wrbican, will be holding a number of discussions during the month of November and December 2015. Guests include food historian Susan Rossi-Wilcox (November 6), art historian Lucy Mulroney and Andy Warhol's nephew, James Warhola (December 5). Details at: http://www.warhol.org/responsive/calendar.aspx?tid=872.
Venus owner buys Montauk
October 18, 2015: The owner of the art galleries Venus over Manhattan and Venus over Los Angeles is set to buy the Montauk property which was at one time owned by Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey. In 1993, 15 acres of the property was donated to The Nature Conservancy. The 15 acres were known for a time as "The Andy Warhol Preserve." In 2002 Morrissey put the property he owned on the market for $50 million, eventually selling it to the CEO of J. Crew, Mickey Drexler, in about 2007 for $28 million. Drexler combined it with with a 24-acre horse farm and put the the entire property on the market for $85 million. Lindeman, however, is just buying the portion that was owned by Morrissey/Warhol.
Voting begins on Flowers and Cat
October 17, 2015: Voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 for the Clash of the Carnegies competition. Each Carnegie Museum, including The Andy Warhol Museum, has chosen key works to be voted on. The Warhol Museum will be submitting Cat (from a 1954 book) and a 1964 Flowers. Details starting on Monday at: http://www.carnegieclash.org.
Jonathan D. Katz on Warhol's Clothes
October 16, 2015: Jonathan D. Katz will be speaking on "Mapplethorpe’s Pose, Warhol’s Clothes and the Politics of Nudity" on January 14, 2016 in conjunction with the Warhol/Mapplethorpe show at the Wadsworth Atheum. Details of the talk at: https://thewadsworth.org/event/mapplethorpes-pose-warhols-clothes-and-the-politics-of-nudity/.
Katz has also contributed an essay to the exhibition catalogue here: http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300214338.
October 15, 2015: An interview with the curator of the current Billy Name exhibition in London has appeared in the British Journal of Photography at: http://www.bjp-online.com/2015/10/billy-name-the-silver-age/.
Pop Art Design
October 14, 2015: "Pop Art Design" opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art on December 19, 2015 and runs until March 27, 2016. Details at: http://www2.mcachicago.org/exhibition/pop-art-design/.
Andy Warhol in living colour
October 13, 2015: “In Living Color: Andy Warhol and Contemporary Printmaking” opens at the Philbrook on October 30, 2015 and runs until January 17, 2016. In addition to Warhol it includes work by Richard Diebenkorn, Chuck Close, Edward Rusha and Keith Haring. Details at: https://philbrook.org/explore/exhibitions/living-color.
There Was Always A Place to Crash
October 12, 2015: A new book of photographs of Provincetown in the 1960s by Al Kaplan has been published by Letter16Press - There Was Always A Place To Crash: Al Kaplan's Provincetown 1961-1966.
Commercial Street, Provincetown, August 1962
From There Was Always A Place To Crash: Al Kaplan's Provincetown 1961-1966
Included are photographs of a young Rene Ricard, one of which is available as a limited edition print:
Rene Ricard, Boston, January 1963
From There Was Always A Place To Crash: Al Kaplan's Provincetown 1961-1966
The book is available through Letter16Press, a non-profit publishing house founded by designer Francesco Casale and journalist Brett Sokol, at: http://letter16press.com/products/there-was-always.
The limited edition print of Rene Ricard, as well as other prints, can be found at: http://letter16press.com/t/prints.
Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen
October 11, 2015: TIFF will be showing a series of Warhol films in conjunction with their exhibition, "Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen" which opens on October 30, 2015. Films include The Chelsea Girls, Harlot (introduced by Eric Shiner), Screen Test No. 2 (introduced by Jon Davies), Kitchen, Poor Little Rich Girl, Tarzan and Jane Regained, Sort of..., More Milk Yvette, Lupe, Outer and Inner Space, Hedy, Horse, Lonesome Cowboys, The Nude Restaurant, Bike Boy, San Diego Surf, Haircut No. 1, Kiss, Screen Tests and Mrs. Warhol.
Brigid Berlin: It's All About Me
October 10, 2015: The Brigid Berlin exhibition - "It's All About Me" - opened last night - attendees included Vincent Fremont (former member of The Babies - once dubbed by Danny Fields as "The group that came from nowhere and did nothing"- before becoming Warhol's business manager and later co-directing a truly brilliant documentary on Brigid Berlin - Pie in the Sky) and Warhol star Bibbe Hansen (star of Andy Warhol's Prison and Restaurant (aka L'Avventura), daughter of Fluxus artist Al Hansen and mother of recording artist, Beck) - both pictured below by Warhol scholar, Victor P. Corona:
Bibbe Hansen and Vincent Fremont at "It's All About Me"
(Photo: Victor P. Corona)
The exhibition continues at Invisible-Exports at 89 Eldridge Street in New York until November 15, 2015. Berlin's book comes out at the end of the month.
More on Brigid at: http://www.warholstars.org/brigid-berlin.html.
32 Short Thoughts About Andy Warhol
October 9, 2015: Blake Gopnik, who is writing a new biography of Andy Warhol, has written "32 Short Thoughts About Andy Warhol" in response to MoMA's current showing of the Campbell's Soup Cans that were originally exhibited at the Ferus Gallery in L.A. They may not have been the first soup can paintings by Warhol but they are the most famous. As Gopnik writes, "Art just doesn't get any better, or more important, than the 32 paintings that MoMA has up." The exhibition is due to run for another nine days. Gopnik's article can be found on Artnet at: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/32-short-thoughts-andy-warhol-338874.
Brigid Berlin and the Wall Street Journal
October 9, 2015: Reminder: TONIGHT (Friday) is the opening reception for Brigid Berlin's exhibition in New York - at 6 pm at Invisible-Exports at 89 Eldridge Street (just south of Grand Street). Tel: 212-226-5447 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://invisible-exports.com/exhibitions/brigid-berlin/.
The Wall Street Journal has published an article on the book of Polaroids by Brigid which is due to be published at the end of this month. Includes a gallery of some of the photos, including Diana Vreeland, Candy Darling, Cy Twombly, a topless John Chamberlain, Dennis Hopper, Gerard Richter, Donald Judd, Paloma Picasso and Sandy Brant. See - http://www.wsj.com/articles/brigid-berlin-publishes-polaroids-from-warhol-days-1444316115.
Vincent Fremont, Bob Colacello and Christopher Makos
October 8, 2015: Bob Colacello, Vincent Fremont and Christopher Makos will be holding a "candid conversation" about their time with Warhol on November 4, 2015 at the Wadsworth, in conjunction with the "Guise and Dolls" show that opens on October 17th, 2015.
Happy Birthday John Giorno
October 7, 2015: Happy Birthday John Giorno, star of Sleep.
The Trip: Andy Warhol's Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure
October 7, 2015: An interview with Deborah Davis, author of The Trip: Andy Warhol's Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure, has appeared in the New York Times. Davis had access to the receipts from Warhol's cross-country trip and also took the same trip herself as research for her book. She recalls that during her trip, "There were no Americans on Route 66. It was all foreigners. They’ve all come to see the quintessential America. They’re all looking for America, but Americans aren’t. I think it should be mandatory that everyone drive cross-country. Even though every city has a Starbucks and the big towns are alike, you still get those glimpses of something more authentic. You really experience America."
Full interview at: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/11/travel/andy-warhol-road-trip.html.
Brigid Berlin exhibition in Top 9 shows
October 6, 2015: ARTnews magazine has chosen the Brigid Berlin exhibition - which opens on Friday (see below) - as one of the "9 Art Events to Attend in New York City This Week." See: http://www.artnews.com/2015/10/05/9-art-events-to-attend-in-new-york-city-this-week-36/.
October 5, 2015: An exhibition of works by Brigid Berlin will open this Friday, October 9, 2015 and run until November 15th at Invisible-Exports in New York. It includes Polaroid self-portraits as well as a selection of Brigid's "Tit Prints" and a fascinating sample of archival material. Highly recommended.
Anastasia Rygle (Curator):
Most of Berlin’s artistic output evolved from the making of her “trip books,” essentially diaries comprised of photos, collages, drawings, clippings, and other ephemera that she would work on while high on amphetamines... From 1968 to 1974 she created audio recordings and used Polaroid film to capture her surroundings, making thousands of cassettes and photographs. According to Berlin, she recorded “absolutely everything”. In the 1970s, she began a series of “tit paintings” - colorful prints made by pressing her painted or inked breasts to paper. Like Warhol, Berlin used the new technologies of the day to document her own life. But unlike Warhol, she revelled in pushing the mechanical boundaries of that same equipment, creating portraits and still-lives in double-exposure, a feat not previously achieved by any artist.
INVISIBLE-EXPORTS is located at 89 Eldridge Street, just south of Grand Street. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-6pm, and by appointment. For more information, call 212-226-5447 or email: info@invisible- exports.com. Website: http://invisible-exports.com/exhibitions/brigid-berlin/.
The curator of the show, Anastasia Rygle, is also the co-editor of the forthcoming book of Polaroids by Brigid - see http://www.reelartpress.com/catalog/edition/82/brigid-berlin-polaroids.
Andy Warhol's children books
October 4, 2015: Martin Schneider has posted on the Dangerous Minds website an interesting selection of the illustrations that Andy Warhol did for children's books. Included is Sophocles the Hyena, Funny Words and Riddles, Homemade Orchestra, Little Red Hen, The Magic Porridge Pot and Card Games are Fun. See: http://dangerousminds.net/comments/andy_warhol_childrens_book_illustrator.
Remembering Taylor Mead
October 3, 2015: Caffe Cino playwright, Robert Heide, has written a memorial to Taylor Mead which you will find at: http://warholstars.org/robert-heide.html.
Heide is one of the contributors to the "Taylor Mead in Exile" exhibition which opens today at the boyd | satellite gallery (see below). The gallery website is at: http://www.boydsatellitegallery.com.
Warhol party season
October 2, 2015: It must be Warhol party season. Not only is the Art Sanctuary having a Warhol party in KY tomorrow night (see below), there's also going to be a Studio 54 party in Belgium featuring The Gibson Brothers (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DotwLb_cNkY) and Kid Creole and the Coconuts. (See: http://studio54.eu/.)
On October 15th (according to the ticket info.) or the 16th (according to the web page) there's also going to be a "Factory Party" at Art Rise in Savannah where they're offering a "free demo" during the daytime of "How to Make a Warhol" by "Master Printer Michael Enns" who, they claim "worked with Warhol from 1977 to 1987." (See: http://artrisesavannah.org/factory/).
On October 17th The Andy Warhol Museum will be hosting "Night of 1,000 Andys" with tickets going for $95 or VIP entry for $250. Details at: http://www.warhol.org/responsive/event.aspx?id=25657.
Warhol album collection doesn't sell
October 1, 2015: A collection of album covers designed by Andy Warhol apparently did not sell at Sotheby's recent Rock and Pop sale in London. The sale took place on September 29th and the lot is not listed as sold on the Sotheby's website.
The albums include signed copies of the Velvet's Banana cover, a signed Sticky Fingers and a limited edition cover by Warhol inscribed by Billy Klüver. The estimate was £30,000-50,000 (approx. $45,498-75,930).
Details and images at: http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2015/rock-pop-l15414/lot.105.html.
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