RIC BURNS INTERVIEW
An interview with Ric Burns, the director of the Warhol documentary recently broadcast on PBS in the states, is included in a downloadable format on the WNYC Radio website at: www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/episodes/2006/09/20.
During the interview Burns notes that his knowledge of Andy Warhol prior to making the documentary was limited ("I knew who he was") and that the only Warhol films he had seen "years and years" ago were some Screen Tests and The Chelsea Girls, although by the time he finished the film Warhol had become a "great culture hero" for him. He also maintains (incorrectly) that Warhol had a "kind of dyslexia" and was "virtually scholarly in his knowledge of the history of art."
Warhol's supposed dyslexia was originally referred to by Mary Woronov in Swimming Underground: My Years in the Warhol Factory published in 2000 and was given further mileage by Wayne Koestenbaum in his unfootnoted, unindexed, and factually nebulous "biography" of the artist published in 2001 as part of the "Penguin Lives" series. There is no medical evidence that Warhol suffered from dyslexia. Academically he ranked 51 in a class of 278 when he graduated from high school at the age of 16. It is highly unlikely that someone with dyslexia would have ranked so high in 1945.
The Burns documentary will be available on DVD in November 2006. Amazon is offering the usual discount here.
"Factory Work" - an exhibition which includes Jamie Wyeth's portrait of Andy Warhol and Warhol's portrait of Wyeth (not to mention Warhol's "oxidation" portrait of Jean Michel Basquiat and Basquiat's Sketch of Andy Warhol) - continues at the Brandywine River Museum in Pennsylvania until November 19, 2006 before traveling to the to the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas (January 16 to April 8, 2007) and the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine (May 6 to August 26, 2007).
The exhibition includes paintings, drawings and ephemera relating to Warhol's friendships with Wyeth and Basquiat with the catalogue featuring text by Robert Rosenblum.
A review of the show by artist/blogger Lenny Campello is at http://blogcritics.org/archives/2006/10/05/065343.php.
The website for the Brandywine is at: www.brandywinemuseum.org.
THE CHELSEA GIRLS VOTED A MOVIE LANDMARK
The Chelsea Girls has made the Radio Times list of 100 most influential films in their newly published Radio Times Guide to Films 2007. The guide notes that "Andy Warhol's underground film is to blame for reality television." Other films on the list include Deep Throat which "took pornography out of the shadows and into the cinemas" and The Beatles' A Hard Days Night which is referred to as the first pop video.
HARLOT IN L.A.
Andy Warhol's film Harlot, starring Warhol's first transvestite superstar Mario Montez, will be shown as part of the L.A. Film Forum series at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood on October 22, 2006. A selection of Warhol's Screen Tests will also be shown: Paul America (1965), Susan Sontag (1964), Lou Reed (1966), Ruth Ford (1964), Harold Stevenson (1964), Henry Rago (1965), Nico (Beer) (1966), Alan Soloman (1964), Jack Smith (1964) and Ethel Scull (1964).
Paul America starred in My Hustler and also appeared in the non-Warhol film, Ciao Manhattan - as well as being Edie Sedgwick's lover at one point. Susan Sontag was the journalist and cultural analyst who wrote the often quoted essay, "Notes on Camp" in 1964. (The following year Warhol would make his film Camp which featured Gerard Malanga reading a poem about sex in public places.) Alan Solomon was the director of the Jewish Museum which hosted the first Jasper Johns retrospective in 1964 - the catalogue for which featured text by John Cage. Ruth Ford was the sister of Charles Henri Ford. Ruth's brother was responsible for introducing Warhol to Gerard Malanga and also edited the Dada/Surrealist influenced View magazine - which Warhol was known to have subscribed to. Ruth was married to the actor Zachary Scott and had appeared in numerous "B" movies. Harold Stevenson painted the infamous Pop portrait of Sal Mineo, The New Adam, acquired by MOMA in 2005. Henry Rago was editor of Poetry magazine. Jack Smith was the experimental filmmaker who Warhol would later credit (via Pat Hackett in Popism) with influencing his own film technique - “the way he used anyone who happened to be around that day, and also how he just kept shooting until the actors got bored.” (POP31) Ethel Scull was the wife of taxicab company millionaire Robert Scull (both early supporters of Pop art) and the subject of what was probably Warhol's first commissioned portrait in 1963 - Ethel Scull 36 Times.
The Egyptian Theater is located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard (at Las Palmas). Tickets are $9 general admission or $6 for seniors and students. The screening begins at 7:00 pm.
The website for the L.A. Film Forum is at: www.lafilmforum.org
ANDY WARHOL AT THE GAGOSIAN GALLERIES
"Andy Warhol: Cast a Cold Eye: The Late Works of Andy Warhol" opens at the Gagosian Galleries in New York on October 21, 2006. This is a major exhibition that will occupy all the galleries at 555 West 24th Street as well as the new gallery at 522 West 21st Street. The catalogue features text by Vincent Fremont and Boris Groys, Professor for Philosophy and Media Theory at the Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsrühe, Germany. Details on the Gagosian web site at www.gagosian.com.
MAX'S KANSAS CITY BENEFIT
The Max's Kansas City Project will be presenting "A Tribute to the 30th Anniversary of Punk Rock" at Mo Pitkins's House of Satisfaction at 24 Avenue A in New York on November 14, 2006. The evening will include a live auction, an exclusive screening of of punk video series, Nightclubbing, and a series of film clips directed by teenagers of the Indie Program, Boiceville/Woodstock, NY.
An exhibition of works by Ray Johnson will take place at Feigen Contemporary in New York from November 2 - December 31, 2006. The exhibition, "Ray Johnson: En Rapport" will focus on Johnson's collages that refer to other artists - including Andy Warhol. The catalogue for the exhibition will feature a text by art theorist William S. Wilson.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GINGER COYOTE
L.A. Punk survivor Ginger Coyote, lead singer of the White Trash Debutantes, will be celebrating her numerous decades of covering the punk movement as editor of Punk Globe (which features a column by Jayne County) at Amagi's at 6114 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood on October 18, 2006. Happy Birthday Ginger.