The original "peel slowly and see" album cover for The Velvet Underground and Nico - produced by Andy Warhol
October 25, 2016: John Cale and special guests will be performing the first Velvet Underground album, produced by Andy Warhol and featuring his signature peelable banana on the front cover, on May 26, 2017, at Clarence Dock in Liverpool to celebrate the album's 50th anniversary. A New York performance is also being planned.
Gay Gotham exhibition, including Andy Warhol's Screen Test of 60's super-model Donyale Luna who died of a heroin overdose in 1979
(Photo: Victor P. Corona)
October 24, 2016: The exhibition, Gay Gotham, currently at the Museum of the City of New York, includes a fair amount of Warhol content. The book accompanying the exhibition came out earlier this month and is described in the following way: "Starting with the bohemian era of the 1910s and 1920s, when the pansy craze drew voyeurs of all types to Greenwich Village and Harlem, the book winds through midcentury Broadway as well as Fire Island as it emerged as a hotbed, turns to the post-Stonewall, decade-long wild party that revolved around clubs like the Mineshaft and Studio 54, and continues all the way through the activist mobilization spurred by the AIDS crisis and the move toward acceptance at the century’s close. Throughout, readers encounter famous figures, from James Baldwin and Mae West to Leonard Bernstein, and discover lesser-known ones, such as Harmony Hammond, Greer Lankton, and Richard Bruce Nugent. Surprising relationships emerge: Andy Warhol and Mercedes de Acosta, Robert Mapplethorpe and Cecil Beaton, George Platt Lynes and Gertrude Stein."
Events include "Making the Queer Scene" with Michael Musto on December 6, 2016; a free-of-charge Teen Summit on February 20, 2017 (for ages 12 - 17); and a talk on "Documenting Gay Life" on March 7, 2017 (after the exhibition closes) featuring gay artist, Conrad Ventur, Rodney Evans (winner of the Sundance Special Jury Prize for his 2004 film Brother to Brother) and Michelle Memran (director of a film on lesbian playwright Maria Irene Fornes currently in pre-pre-production).
The exhibition runs October 7, 2016 to February 26, 2017. Details here.
October 23, 2016: Elaine Rusinko, the foremost expert on Andy Warhol's Rusyn roots, has written an excellent article on Andy Warhol's mother for Slovo magazine - a publication of the National Czech & Slovak Museum Library.
As with Rusinko's other writings on Warhol's roots, this fascinating article adds to what is already known about Warhol's family background and the influence it may have had on his own life and career.
A copy of the article, "The Woman Behind the Artist: Andy Warhol's Mother," can be found here. (Note - there are two typos - Julia was born in 1891 and it's St. Vincent Ferrer, not Ferrar.)
October 22, 2016: Jack Smith's banned film, Flaming Creatures, will be screened before a Q & A with John Giorno, the star of Andy Warhol's film, Sleep, at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh on November 19, 2016. There is no charge for the event which is being held in conjunction with the The Warhol museum's exhibition, "Andy Warhol: My Perfect Body." Details here.
For more information about Flaming Creatures and its problems with the censors, see "Jonas Mekas and the Film-Makers' Cinemathque, p. 3," and "Flaming Creatures."
October 21, 2016 (updated October 22): Andy Warhol's Rain Machine (Daisy Waterfall) sculpture is at the Young Projects Gallery in Los Angeles from October 6, 2016 - February 17, 2017. The work has been augmented with a "digital rain" installation by Refik Anadol. The gallery's website notes, "... in keeping with both Warhol and the spirit of the Art + Technology program, it will also feature an ‘augmentation’ by the artist Refik Anadol. No actual rainwater will be used, but rather, Anadol will employ a state-of-the-art technological approach to create a fully-immersive, digital, rain simulation that will take place throughout the gallery space. The result is a one-of-a-kind collaboration, between a legend of the 20th century with one of today’s most brilliant wunderkinds of the technological age, to create an artwork of extraordinary presence, vision and timeliness."
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)