POP! AT UMMA
The University of Michigan Museum of Art is currently hosting an exhibition of Pop art called Pop! until September 25, 2005. The exhibit, curated by Carole McNamara and Sean Ulmer, includes works by Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Indiana, Claes Oldenburg, Mel Ramos, James Rosenquist and Andy Warhol. Full details are on the Museum's website at: http://www.umma.umich.edu/
The publisher of the forthcoming biography of Paul Swan, The Most Beautiful Man in the World: Paul Swan from Wilde to Warhol, is now accepting pre-orders. The book by Janis and Richard Londraville will consist of approximately 325 pages, with 48 photos and is being published by the University of Nebraska Press (see February 2005 news). Publication date is February 2006. The cost of the book is $29.95 U.S.Dollars or £22.95 British Sterling with an additional $5.00 for postage. It can be ordered by telephone in the United States by phoning the University of Nebraska Press toll-free number, 1-800-755-1105, and quoting the book's code ZAS61.
DE MENIL "****" PROPERTY SOLD FOR $90 MILLION?
It was recently reported in the Palm Beach Post (June 27, 2005) that a 40 acre estate in the Hamptons was sold to Robert Weil, the owner of the Swedish private equity company, Proventus. Some of Ondine's footage in Warhol's twenty-five hour film, **** (Four Stars), was filmed at the estate, which includes a three-bedroom farmhouse, converted barn, two guest houses, a two bedroom caretaker's house, a pond and 75 foot swimming pool. The owner, Adelaide de Menil Carpenter, is a professional photographer, heir to the Schlumberger oil and daughter of Dominique de Menil who died in 1998.
In response to the press reports of the sale, Julia C. Mead writes in the June 29, 2005 issue of the New York Times (online), "It is a sign of how manic the Hamptons real estate market has become that last week's anonymous report of a record-smashing property sale, since denied, set off a wave of hysteria and speculation among local brokers... Brokers from Manhattan to Montauk frantically speed-dialed their news contacts to weigh in on the report, as television helicopters buzzed over the estate... But the ostensible buyer, later identified as the financier Robert Weil, and the owner, Adelaide de Menil, both vehemently denied striking any deal. As of yesterday there was no record of a sale at the county clerk's office."
EDIE SEDGWICK UPDATED
The "who should play Edie in Factory Girl" saga continues. George Hickenlooper, the director of Factory Girl has toned down the script (now calling it "elegant") and hopes to start filming in the Autumn. Lady Victoria Hervey, the daughter of the 6th Marquess of Bristol, will be playing the part of socialite superstar, Baby Jane Holzer. Since Sienna Miller and Katie Holmes both rejected the starring role of Edie Sedgwick, Hickenlooper is considering other actresses, including Kate Hudson and Lindsay Lohan. Meanwhile, I've received several new suggestions as to who should play Edie, including Winona Ryder, Anne Heche and Sandra Oh. One site-user sent in a photo of Paris Hilton with Bel Ami porn star Lukas Ridgeston suggesting that if Paris played Edie, Lucas could play Paul America....
Update: July 7, 2005: More Edie suggestions. A site-user has suggested Amanda Peet, saying "Did you see her in Igby Goes Down? She was practically channeling Edie, with her clothes & makeup. Plus she can act." Another site-user sent me this message: "Edie: please! the only actor capable of conveying Edie's aura at this is Robert Downey Jr. He would need to lose weight, but then so do I."
WANTED: DIRECTORS OF BAD PLAYS
NY Artists Unlimited, the arts organization founded by Melba LaRose who portrayed Nola Noonan in the orignal production of Jackie Curtis' play Glamour, Glory and Gold, is seeking directors for their Bad Plays Festival. Plays submitted to NY Artists for the festival are currently being read publicly at the Downeast Arts Center in Manhattan on Thursday nights from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. The presentation of the bad plays will be the first in the East Village Howl Festival Fringe which is due to take place around mid to late August 2005. Full details are on the NY Artists website at: www.nyartists.org.
JOSEPH BEUYS IS BOUGHT FOR £1.7 MILLION
Andy Warhol's 1981 silkscreen of Joseph Beuys was sold to an anonymous buyer for £1.7 million at the Christie's auction on June 23, 2005. But the real star of the day was Francis Bacon's Portrait of George Dyer Staring into a Mirror which one reviewer characterized as "ape-like" (not to be confused with the paintings recently auctioned off at Bonham's for more than £14,000 which really were painted by an ape - or rather a chimpanzee). The Bacon painting went for £4.9 million (approximately 9 million dollars).
FEDERAL: THE 24 HOUR MOVIE
Storefront for Art and Architecture will be presenting the New York premiere of Mary Ellen Carroll's twenty-four hour movie, Federal from July 28th at 9:00 am to July 29th at 9:00 am at the Cinema Village on East 12th Street in Manhattan.
According to Storefront, "This work acknowledges both Andy Warhol's Empire and Toni Negri's popular book Empire, genuinely, yet ironically; but it is not a film about the building as celebrated icon, nor is it an interpretation of an au courant political theory. Federal is the articulation of an image of what is presently legally, socially and politically non-representable."
Warhol's Empire was, of course, considerably shorter than Carroll's Federal - a mere 8 hours and 5 minutes, compared to Carroll's 24 hours. However, Warhol did do a movie lasting 25 hours which is sometimes referred to as his "twenty-four hour movie." Warhol's film was screened only once - on December 15 - 16, 1967 at the New Cinema Playhouse in New York, although segments from the film were released as self-contained shorter films such as Imitation of Christ.
The website for Storefront for Art and Architecture is at: www.storefrontnews.org.
The Brasilian mail art magazine, bnet e-zine, is currently accepting submissions for its "Andy Warhol and his Campbell's Soup Can" issue. Deadline: October 2005. Submissions to: Jose Nogueira, Caixa Postal 14.411, CEP: 02199-970, Sao Paulo-SP, Brasil. Email: bnet@libero.
ANDY WARHOL SUPERNOVA
The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis will be hosting the exhibit, Andy Warhol/Supernova: Stars, Deaths and Disasters, 1962 - 1964 from November 13, 2005 - February 26, 2006. It will include more than 20 works from Warhol's early celebrity silkscreens and the diasaster series.
The show is being curated by the Walker Art Center's current visual arts curator, Douglas Fogle. Fogle is due to move to the The Carnegie Museum of Art which recently announced his appointment as their curator of contemporary art. He will succeed their current curator, Laura Hoptman, and will be responsible for organizing the 55th Carnegie International scheduled for May 2008.
Details of the Warhol exhibit are at: http://calendar.walkerart.org/event.wac?id=1531