ANDY WARHOL NEWS
TILDA SWINTON TO PLAY NICO
Tilda Swinton has been cast as Nico for the forthcoming film about the singer's life based on James Young's excellent book, Nico: The End (aka Nico: Songs They Never Play on the Radio.) The book's cover features a photograph of Nico by Billy Name. Young was one of the musicians who accompanied Nico on her drug-fueled 1982 tour after she had moved to Manchester, England. The film will be shot on location in Paris, Munich, New York and Manchester and is being directed by David Mackenzie who previously directed Swinton in Young Adam. Swinton will be playing the singer from age 22 to 50 in the £10 million American-French co-production which features a screenplay by Jane and David Peoples who also wrote the screenplay for Blade Runner. Shooting is expected to start next year (2006).
Dashwood Books - the only independent bookstore in New York City devoted exclusively to photography - will open in Manhattan on September 28, 2005. The owner of shop, David Strettell, was previously the Cultural Director of Magnum Photos and his expertise in the field is apparent from the interesting selection of books being stocked - including Nagasaki 11:02 by Shomei Tomatsu ($2,000) and Larry Clark's Teenage Lust ($500).
Dashwood Books is located at 33 Bond Street (between Lafayette and the Bowery) in downtown Manhattan. Telephone: 212.387.8520. Website: www.dashwoodbooks.com.
WHEN HOLLY MET ANDY
Holly Johnson, the ex-lead singer of pop band, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, will be exhibiting paintings from his series, "When Holly Met Andy" at the Norwich Fringe Festival in the U.K. which runs from September 24, 2005 - October 9, 2005. Holly studied art at the Liverpool Art College in 1983 before becoming a pop star, and was invited to show his work by the festival's guest patron, the artist Colin Self. Details at: www.norwichfringefestival.co.uk.
ANDY WARHOL: THE ROLLING STONES TAPES
The Warhol (museum) will be playing previously unheard audio tapes made by Andy Warhol at the Rolling Stones concerts at Madison Square Garden in 1972 and 1975. The tapes will be played continuously in the museum's fifth floor gallery as part of their current exhibition, Starf*cker: Andy Warhol and the Rolling Stones which runs until January 8, 2006. The Stones will be performing live at the PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, September 28, 2005.
The eagerly anticipated second issue of Conrad Ventur's Useless magazine is out now and includes a feature on Warhol star Billy Name. Name, was of course, the official Factory photographer and the person responsible for the silver look of the original Factory. Among the Warhol films he appeared in were the Haircut series (which also featured Freddy Herko and Johnny Dodd) and Lupe, with Edie Sedgwick. Billy's photographs are currently on exhibit at the Agnes B. Galerie du Jour in Paris, as part of the gallery's Bande à Part show.
The same issue of Useless also includes an article on performance artist Genesis P-Orridge (born Neil Megson). Genesis was one of the founders of Throbbing Gristle and counts among his influences the Fluxus artist Al Hansen - father of Warhol star Bibbe Hansen and grandfather to the musical artist, Beck. One of P-Orridge's projects was a collaboration with artist Eric Heist on the Candy Factory - the title alluding to Candy Darling and the Factory. Heist notes on the Genesis P-Orridge website that "in my past paintings I coated images of crowds with sugar, blurring social interaction into pure desire. In the Candy Factory paintings, the crowds were translated into orgies, the connection between drive and desire becoming more explicit... In the Candy Factory, drugs are equated equally with commodities and sexualized bodies. Sugar is a white powder, coating objects, increasing their desirability, heightening our responses to them and deepening our addiction..."
The second issue of Useless can be ordered via their website at: www.uselessmagazine.com.
ANDY WARHOL A - Z
"Andy Warhol A-Z" opens on September 24, 2005 at The Flint Institute of Arts in Michigan to coincide with the inauguration of their renovated galleries. The exhibition will consist of 50 works on loan from The Warhol (museum) in Pittsburgh. Tom Sokolowski, Director of The Warhol, will be giving a lecture at 11:30 a.m. on September 24th, with a screening of the film, I Shot Andy Warhol, later in the evening at 7:30 p.m. The website for the Flint Institute is at: http://www.flintarts.org.
EMPIRE AT THE SOUTHBANK
Andy Warhol's film Empire will be projected every Friday in October on the facade of the National Theatre's fly tower at the South Bank as part of the Hayward Gallery's exhibition, "Universal Experience: Art, Life, and the Tourist’s Eye." The film, lasting 8 hours and 5 minutes, will be shown from 5 p.m. to approximately 1 a.m. on a surface measuring 14 by 16 metres. (Watch out for reel 7 which features an image of Warhol reflected in the window of the office they were filming from after the office lights were temporarily left on.)
The website for the Hayward Gallery is at: http://www.hayward.org.uk.
An article on the screening from The Observer appears at:
(Note: the article gives the incorrect dates for the filming of Empire. The correct dates are July 25 - 26, 1964.)
U.S. ART EXHIBITIONS 2005/2006
Highlights of forthcoming exhibitions in the U.S.A include shows by Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Eva Hesse, Ed Ruscha, Frank Stella, DADA artists, and the 2006 Whitney Biennial:
DIALOGUES: DUCHAMP, CORNELL, JOHNS, RAUSCHENBERG
Dallas Museum of Art. Through Jan. 8. (214) 922-1200.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland. Sept. 16-Dec. 30. (216) 421-8671.
SEMINA CULTURE: WALLACE BERMAN & HIS CIRCLE
48 artists whose work appeared in the art and poetry journal Semina (1955-1964) published by Wallace Berman. Includes Jay DeFeo, Bruce Conner, Joan Brown, George Herms and Jess as well as poetry by Robert Duncan, David Meltzer and Philip Lamantia.
Santa Monica Museum of Art. Saturday through Nov. 26. (310) 586-6488.
ROY LICHTENSTEIN: AMERICAN INDIAN ENCOUNTERS
Paintings by Lichtenstein while still a student at Ohio State University 1949 - 1951, plus works from 1979 based on American Indian themes.
Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, N.J. Oct. 16-Jan. 8. (973) 746-5555.
ED RUSCHA: COURSE OF EMPIRE
The U.S. contribution to the Venice Biennale. 10 large paintings - five black and white and five in color - of industrial buildings in Los Angeles.
Whitney Museum. Nov. 17-Jan. 29. (877) 944-8639.
MASTERS OF 20TH-CENTURY AMERICAN COMICS
15 comic book artists from the past century - first half of century at Hammer, second half at MOCA. Includes George Herriman and R. Crumb.
Hammer Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Nov. 20-March 13. Hammer: (310) 443-7000. www.hammer.ucla.edu.
MoCA: (213) 626-6222. www.moca.org.
ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG: COMBINES
A rare opportnity to see Rauschenberg's Combines dating from 1954 - 1964. Approximately 65 works.
Metropolitan Museum. Dec. 20-April 2. (212) 535- 7710.
THE DOWNTOWN SHOW: THE NEW YORK ART SCENE, 1974-1984
200 works, including paintings, scuptures, drawings, graffiti, videos and photographs.Grey Art Gallery, New York University. Jan. 10-April 1. (212) 998-6780.
EVA HESSE: DRAWING
100 drawings by Eva Hesse.
Menil Collection, Houston. Feb. 3-April 23. (713) 525-9400.
Travels to the Drawing Center, New York, May 6-July 15
and to the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Aug. 6-Oct. 23, 2006.
FRANK STELLA 1958
18 abstract paintings.
Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, Mass. Feb. 4-May 7. (617) 495-9400.
Travels to the Menil Collection, Houston, May 25-Aug. 20.
Includes works by Tristan Tzara, Jean Arp, Hannah Höch, George Grosz, Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp.
National Gallery of Art, Washington. Feb. 19-May 14. (202) 737-4215.
Travels to the Museum of Modern Art, New York, June 18-Sept. 11.
DAVID HOCKNEY PORTRAITS
100 paintings and drawings of family, friends and lovers.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Feb. 26-May 14. (617) 267-9300.
Curated by Chrissie Iles and Philippe Vergne.
Whitney Museum, New York. March 2-May 28. (877) 944-8639.
Large sculptures from the late 60s, including drawings, diaries, photographs and ephemera.
Jewish Museum, N.Y., May 12-Sept. 17. (212) 423-3200.
BIRTH OF THE COOL
West coast cool - art and design from the 1950s - early 1960s. Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, Calif. June 3-Oct. 1. (949) 759-1122.
ARTISTS TO GET ROYALTIES IN U.K.
Beginning in January 2006, artists will get royalties when their works are re-sold at auction in the U.K. The royalties will range from 120 to 12,500 Euros and are already in effect in some other European countries, including France and Germany.
For instance, Damien Hirst sold his pickled shark to Charles Saatchi in 1991 for approximately $90,000. Earlier this year it was put up for auction by Saatchi and sold to U.S. hedge-fund manager, Steven A. Cohen, for $8 million. If the work had been sold in a country where the royalties law was already in effect, Hirst would have received over $15,000 as a result of the auction sale.
U.K. art dealers and auction houses argued unsuccessfully that if the EU law was put into effect in England, they would lose business to New York which does not pay royalties to an artist when a work is re-sold. The U.K. dealers are still resisting attempts to apply the law to the estates of deceased artists. The most traded artists this year so far are deceased artists Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol, according to Artprice.
LICHTENSTEIN PAINTING SLASHED AT EXHIBITION
A painting by Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein was slashed four times with a knife at an exhibition of his works in Austria on Saturday, September 3, 2005. Each cut measured approximately 30 cm. The exhibition, Roy Lichtenstein: Classic of the New, opened at the Kunsthaus Bregenz in June and was due to close on Sunday. The 35 year old woman who slashed the painting, Nudes in Mirror, was from Munich, Germany and was also carrying a can of red spray paint and a screwdriver in her bag. When asked why she did it, she claimed the painting was a forgery - a claim denied by the exhibition's curator, Rudolf Sagmeister. The painting is insured for six million dollars.
HURRICANE ARTS RELIEF
The American Association of Museums is maintaining a web page regarding the status of various cultural institutions in the area affected by the hurricane and the possible damage done to them. They are also accepting donations for the relief effort. Full details on their website at:
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra is seeking work and housing for its displaced members. Offers of housing and assistance can be posted on a page maintained by the Arts Journal at:
Swine Palace, a professional theatrical company associated with the Louisiana State University Department of Theater in Baton Rouge, is appealing to art organizations to become involved in fundraising for the recovery effort. Details are on their website at:
HOLLY WOODLAWN: DRAMA
Holly Woodlawn will be hosting a party called Drama! on September 17, 2005 at the old G. Fox building at 960 Main Street from 6:00 - 10:00 pm in Hartford, Connecticut. The party is in conjunction with Patricia Wettig's new play, My Andy which is part of the Brand: New play reading festival at Hartford Stage which runs from September 14 to 25th. The telephone number of Hartford Stage is: 860 - 244 - 0180.
JOHN CALE TOUR DATES
The dates for John Cale's UK/European tour have now been confirmed. The tour coincides with his new album, Black Acetate, which is released on October 3, 2005.
Tour dates are as follows: September 18, 2005 in Rubigen, Switzerland; September 19 in Winterthur, Switzerland; September 21 in Brussels, Belgium; September 22 in Antwerp, Belgium; September 24 in Amsterdam; September 25 in Berlin; September 26 in Hamburg; September 27 in Copenhagen; September 28 in Frankfurt; September 30 in London; October 1 in Cardiff at the Coal Exchange; October 3 in Liverpool at the Liverpool Philarmonic; October 5 in Lisbon and October 6 in Paris at the Cafe de Danse.
CBGB's in New York is holding an auction in order to fight the eviction notice they received August 31, 2005 from their landlord, The Bowery Residents' Committee. The club was also threatened with closure last month due to unpaid rent but after a court ruled in favour of club proprietor Hilly Kristal, the Residents' Committee served the new notice of eviction.
A list of the contributors to the auction, which includes Billy Name, is on the CBGB website at: http://cbgb.com/gallery.html. They are also auctioning selected items on Ebay, including a signed photo of the band, Garbage. The Ebay items are accessible via the CBGB gallery page (scroll down to the end of the list of contributors).
If you would like to show your support for CBGBs, you can send an email to their landlord, the Bowery Residents Committee, asking that the eviction notice be withdrawn. The landlord's email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NUDE RESTAURANT IN KANSAS
Andy Warhol's Nude Restaurant and a selection of shorter Warhol films will be shown at the Kansas International Film Festival in September 2005. Other films to be screened include Couch, Salvador Dali and Mario Banana No. 1. Full details are on the festival's website at: www.kansasfilm.com.
Flights of Fancy, an exhibition of work by Warhol star Ultra Violet in addition to other celebrities such as ex-Monkee Micky Dolenz and boxing icon Muhammad Ali, is at the Long Island Museum of Science and Technology (2nd floor) from August 27 - September 18, 2005. The show was curated by Blair Underwood whose work is also on exhibit. The Museum is located at 1 Davies Avenue, Garden City, New York, telephone: (516) 572-4058.
MAPPLETHORPE: THE OPENING
Actor and playwright, Brian Quirk, is portraying Andy Warhol and over 40 other characters in the play, Mapplethorpe: The Opening, which runs from August 27 - September 11, 2005 at the New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco. During the one-man show written by Quirk, he "brings to life" celebrities who attended the opening of a controversial exhibit of Mapplethorpe's photography and also recreates some of the photographs.
For details and bookings, go to: www.nctcsf.org/PrideEleven.html.
FACTORY X BY LEVI STRAUSS
The new range of Warhol inspired Levi's will be unveiled at the MAGIC Marketplace trade show for clothing and accessory manufacturers which takes place in Las Vegas on August 29 - 31, 2005. The new collection will be in retail outlets in Spring 2006 and will feature reproductions of Warhol's art and quotations attributed to the artist. Jeans will retail for $190 - $250, with tops going for $80 - $300. Warhol had previously collaborated with Levi's in 1984 when he created silk screen images of male crotches prominently displayed under their jeans for an advertising campaign. The new clothing range is to be called "Warhol Factory X Levi's®."
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