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THE VELVET UNDERGROUND (SORT OF)
Guitarist Brian Bell from the rock band Weezer has been cast as Lou Reed in the upcoming film about Edie Sedgwick - Factory Girl. Patrick Wilson, the drummer for Weezer, will play John Cale, with Samantha Maloney of Hole and Motley Crue playing Moe Tucker. Nico is being played by actress Meredith Ostrom who is the real-life girlfriend of Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes.
Lou Reed recently gave his own verdict on the film to the New York Daily News:
"I read that script. It's one of the most disgusting, foul things I've seen - by any illiterate retard - in a long time. There's no limit to how low some people will go to write something to make money."
Factory Girl was recently purchased by the Weinstein Company in a deal worked out at the Sundance Festival, with Holly Wiersma and Aaron Richard Golub to be credited as the film's producers.
JOHN GALLIANO'S "HAPPENING"
Fashion designer John Galliano staged a 1960's style "Happening" in Paris to launch his latest haute couture collection for Christian Dior on Monday, January 23, 2006. Marianne Faithfull and other guests lounged on battered sofas surrounded by helium filled silver balloons representing Warhol's Silver Pillows. Galliano called his show, "Andy Warhol is Napoleon in Rags," taking as his inspiration the lyrics from Bob Dylan's song, Like a Rolling Stone. When the song was first released in the 1960s, some of Warhol's cohorts interpreted it as a condemnation of Warhol for being responsible for Edie Sedgwick's drug-fueled decline. However, Dylan actually wrote the song before he met Edie. Galliano's collection for Dior included black bodysuits and mini-shifts inspired by Edie Sedgwick's "look" in the 1960s. The more flamboyant organza and velvet gowns featured in the show were said to draw a connection between Edie as "queen" of New York and Napoleon's wife, the Empress Josephine.
The Christian Dior website is at: www.dior.com.
The John Galliano website is at: www.johngalliano.com.
The lyrics to Like a Rolling Stone can be found at: http://lyrics.rare-lyrics.com/B/Bob-Dylan/Like-A-Rolling-Stone.html.
SALLY KIRKLAND TO PLAY EDIE SEDGWICK'S GRANDMOTHER
Michael Smith, Sally Kirkland and Bob Heide
during the Coffeehouse Chronicles XVIII
at the La Mama Theater (12/17/06)
(Photo: Kevin Kushel)
Sally Kirkland has been cast as Edie Sedgwick's grandmother in Factory Girl. She flew to Louisiana on Tuesday, January 24, 2006 to shoot her scenes. Kirkland is the only person to appear in the film who was actually part of the Factory crowd in the 1960s. Her original 1964 Screen Test was included in Warhol's film, The 13 Most Beautiful Women.
In addition to the numerous screen roles that Kirkland has had since her Warhol days, she has also been an ordained minister with The Church of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness since December 1975. As a minister for the Church she blessed the union of her close friend, the Hollywood actress Shelley Winters and Winters' long-term partner, Gerald De Ford, on January 13, 2006 - just one day before Winters passed away.
Kirkland's latest film, Off The Black, starring Nick Nolte and Timothy Hutton, premiered at the Sundance Festival on January 21, 2006.
ULTRA VIOLET AT STUX
There will be an exhibition of art by Warhol star Ultra Violet at the Stux Gallery in New York from January 26 - February 18, 2006. The Gallery's website is at www.stuxgallery.com.
PAUL SWAN AT PACE WILDENSTEIN
The Pace Wildenstein Gallery on 57th Street in New York is currently showing Warhol's film, Paul Swan, as part of their "Constructing Realities" exhibition which closes on February 4, 2006. Details on their website here.
The new biography on Paul Swan by Janis and Richard Londraville is due out in March and includes an account of the making of the film. More details on the Amazon page, here.
ANDY WARHOL GIANT SIZE
Andy Warhol Giant Size, published by Phaidon Press, is due out in February 2006. It includes over 600 pages of material (some previously unpublished) culled from the archives of The Warhol museum and the Andy Warhol Foundation. A critical overview of Warhol's career by editor Dave Hickey is followed by more than ten sections, organized chronologically, focusing on various Warholian themes such Advertising, Matinee Idols, Self-Portraits, America the Beautiful, The Factory, Death and Disasters, Films, Polaroids, The Velvet Underground, Interview magazine and the collaboration of Warhol and Basquiat. An extended chronology is also included. Pre-orders are being accepted at Amazon, with the usual discount, here.
IMAGINE: WARHOL DENIED
The BBC is broadcasting a documentary on the controversial decisions of the Andy Warhol Authentication Board on Tuesday, January 24, 2006 on BBC 1 at 10:35 pm as part of their "Imagine" series. Included are interviews with collectors who, according to the BBC, will "speak openly about the experience of having their investments turned into wallpaper overnight." (BBC.co.uk/tv).
JOHNNY DODD EVENT AT LA MAMA
Johnny Dodd at his lighting board
(Photo: James D. Gossage)
There will be a "Coffeehouse Chronicle" devoted to Johnny Dodd (John P. Dodd) at La Mama on January 28, 2006. Dodd was featured in Haircut No. 3 from Warhol's Haircut series of films and he also appeared in a Kiss film with Ivy Nicholson. It was from the window of Dodd's apartment that Freddy Herko committed suicide by leaping to his death in 1964.
The afternoon devoted to Dodd will be held from 3 -5 pm in La Mama's second floor theater (The Club). Participants will include Dodd's son, Fleming Lentakis, and Patti Dodd who was married to Johnny and looked after him while he was suffering from AIDS. Judith Malina and Hanon Reznikov of the Living Theatre will also be taking part - along with George Bartenieff and lighting designer Anne Militello.
The event is being organized by Michael Smith who lived and worked with Dodd from 1964 - 1971. It was at Smith's apartment on West 3rd Street that Warhol shot the Dodd Kiss film. Smith was the subject of a "Coffeehouse Chronicle" in December 2005 and is the author and director of the critically acclaimed play, Trouble, currently at the Theater for the New City, which features a character (Sandy Morphol) based on Andy Warhol.
In late 1966/early 1967 Smith also directed Soren Agenoux's play, Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol, at the Caffe Cino which was filmed by Warhol. Johnny Dodd did the lighting for the stage production and many of the other productions at the Cino where he also worked as a waiter. Dodd also did the lighting for productions at the Judson Church during the 1960s and worked with other avant-garde groups such as the New York Poets Theatre, whose founders included Diane Di Prima and her lover, LeRoi Jones. (DP255/379)
The website for La Mama is at: http://www.lamama.org.
Michael Smith's Blog Spot is at: http://michaeltownsendsmith.blogspot.com.
Michael Smith's website is at: http://michaeltownsendsmith.com.
An informal history of the Caffe Cino by Robert Patrick who was one of the actors in Smith's production of Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol, is at: http://hometown.aol.com/rbrtptrck/Dailypage1.html.
Robert Patrick's website is at: http://hometown.aol.com/rbrtptrck/myhomepage/index.html.
WARHOL'S WORLD AT HAUSER & WIRTH
The Hauser & Wirth gallery in London will be presenting an exhibition of Warhol's photographs and television shows from January 27 - March 11, 2006, curated by Anthony D'Offay. The show, titled Warhol's World: Photography and Television, will then travel to Zwirner & Wirth in New York, opening on March 29, 2006. An accompanying publication, pictured above, is due to be published on April 15, 2006. Amazon is currently accepting discounted pre-orders for the book, here.
The exhibition will include over 300 previously unseen photographs taken between 1976 and 1987 of celebrities, "street people," drag queens and clubbers. A day long compilation of episodes of Warhol's television programs is planned, with footage from Fashion, Andy Warhol's TV and Andy Warhol's Fifteen Minutes, featuring interviews with celebrities such as Debbie Harry, David Hockney, Harvey Fierstein and Diana Vreeland.
Hauser & Wirth is located at 196A Piccadilly in London. Details on their website at www.hauserwirth.com.
FROM THE WARHOL FACTORY YEARS
(Photos: Upper left: Billy Name/Right: Carl Fisher
Lower Left: Curtis Knapp/Right: Gerard Malanga)
The Irvine Contemporary Gallery in Washington, D.C. will be exhibiting the photographs of Billy Name, Carl Fisher, Curtis Knapp and Gerard Malanga in "Celebrity Portraits from the Warhol Factory Years" from February 18 - April 1, 2006. The show's sponsors include DC magazine, Lid magazine and Christian Dior. Eleanor Ward, who presented Warhol's first New York pop exhibition in 1962 at the Stable Gallery, once worked for Dior in Paris, prior to becoming an art dealer. The fashion house recently produced an Edie Sedgwick inspired line of clothing.
The address and contact details for Irvine Contemporary appear on their website at: www.irvinecontemporary.com.
SCREEN TESTS CATALOGUE RAISONNE (UPDATED)
Amazon is currently accepting pre-orders on Volume 1 of The Films of Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné by Callie Angell. The eagerly anticipated first volume of the Warhol film catalogue raisonné focuses on the Screen Tests and is the result of many years of research by Callie Angell - the adjunct curator of the Andy Warhol Film Project at the Whitney Museum of American Art and consultant to the Museum of Modern Art on the preservation of Warhol's films. Callie has direct access to Warhol's original footage and her book contains over three hundred pages of information and photographs - some previously unpublished. This book is indispensable for all Warhol film addicts and scholars and is very reasonably priced. Amazon is currently offering a 37% discount on pre-orders, here.
Update (January 20, 2006): The book contains over 780 photographs and, in addition to covering the history and making of the Screen Tests in a detailed introduction, also features chapters on the Screen Test compilation films created by Andy Warhol - The Thirteen Most Beautiful Women, The Thirteen Most Beautiful Boys, Fifty Fantastics and Fifty Personalities. Also included is a section on Warhol's previously unknown seven hour film portrait of his then boyfriend, Philip Fagan, titled Six Months. An additional chapter focuses on the reels of assembled Screen Test prints, which were projected behind the Velvet Underground during performances of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable.
From the press release: "This book, the first installment in the two-volume authorized catalogue raisonné of Warhol’s cinema, is the result of nearly 15 years of original research by Callie Angell, Adjunct Curator of the Andy Warhol Film Project at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Angell, who has worked closely with The Museum of Modern Art since 1991 on the preservation of Warhol’s movies, has had unprecedented access to the original films and has identified and illustrated all of the Screen Tests for the first time."
In 1996, Angell received the Anthology Film Archives Film Preservation Honors for her work in cataloguing and preserving the motion picture works of Andy Warhol.
Donna De Salvo:
"This first volume of the catalogue raisonné of films will be an invaluable resource for anyone with a serious interest in the artist's work. It is the missing link in Warhol scholarship. Not only will it make possible a fuller appreciation of the technical and conceptual innovations of Warhol's approach to filmmaking, but, perhaps even more importantly, the insights it offers will stimulate new debate about the artist's revolutionary rethinking of 'media' in all its permutations."
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