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ANDY WARHOL NEWS
MAY 2006


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FACTORY GIRL IN CANNES

Sienna Miller
Sienna Miller as Edie Sedgwick
in Factory Girl

Approximately 10 minutes of the forthcoming film, Factory Girl, starring Sienna Miller as Edie Sedgwick, is currently being shown to film industry insiders at the Cannes Film Festival. Andrew Pulver reviewed the footage for the Guardian newspaper in the U.K. noting that, "although there's little sense of where Sedgwick's cinema story will begin or end, or exactly how truthful the film will be about her copious drug use, you certainly get a sense of painstaking period reconstruction, eye-bruising pop-art colour schemes, and the odd orgy. Miller runs the full gamut of hair and makeup - from perky socialite out for a good time, to hollow-cheeked pill-guzzler for whom the clock is ticking." (Guardian 22.05.06)

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E.P.I.

Balloon Farm
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British-born artist Mark Lancaster who appeared in Batman Dracula, Couch and a Kiss film with Gerard Malanga, has recently sent in a page from a notebook diary he kept in New York while visiting the Factory during the 1960s. The page contains his impressions of a visit to see the E.P.I. at the Dom in September 1966, listing the equipment and performers as follows:

Andy Warhol's Plastic Inevitable
Balloon Farm
The Velvet Underground and Nico
Upstairs at the Dom - mirrored and marbled ballroom
Twp slide projectors (Carousels) striped, dotted, check, colored filters,
on time changers every 3 seconds - on end and ceiling
movies from 3 points ------ on balcony. Reflections of projections.
2 electric bubble making machines
3 stroboscopic lamps
2 long electric torces danced by Gerard
Nico's child.
Mary Woronov stands there after covering G with gold paint,
& he does it all so well so badly, like an Italian epic movie

Mark also assisted Warhol in the stretching of several canvases including the Flowers series. An interview with him is included in the articles section.

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ANDY WARHOL'S POSSESSIONS TO BE AUCTIONED

Christie's in New York will be selling a wide assortment of items previously owned by And Warhol at a auction of celebrity memorabilia on June 22, 2006. The items are being sold by Warhol's nephews and include clothing, cowboy boots, roller skates, sunglasses and neckties, with estimates starting at $600.00. One of his silver wigs is expected to sell for $4,000 - $6,000 (but will probably go for more). Also being auctioned are Polaroids taken by Warhol of various celebrities including Truman Capote, Mick Jagger, Sylvester Stallone and Liza Minnelli. A photo of Muhammad Ali, signed by the boxer, is expected to fetch $6,000 - $9,000.

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IVY NICHOLSON TO HOST EXHIBITION AT PACHA

Andy Warhol's brother, Paul Warhola, will be one of the artists featured in the "Connected to Fame" exhibition at Pacha in NY on Saturday May 6, 2006, beginning at 10:00 pm. The event will be hosted by curator Baird Jones and Warhol star Ivy Nicholson and will also include the work of Hollywood celebrities Laura Dern, Mel Brooks, Debbie Reynolds and Tony Curtis, among others. Pacha is located at 618 W. 46th St. (off 11th Ave). The exhibition is in the basement gallery.

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HARVEY FIERSTEIN SPEAKS

Harvey Fierstein, who appeared in the 1971 production of Andy Warhol's play, Pork, will be speaking at a showing of Torch Song Trilogy at the The Ridgefield Playhouse in Connecticut on May 13, 2006. Details at: www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org/venue.asp?eventID=281.

Harvey Fierstein:

"I was a young art student studying Warhol days and working with him nights... I didn't register very much in his mind. When his diaries came out there was one or two brief mentions of me. You always think you're more important in a situation than you actually are. I remember Andy Warhol. I doubt that Andy Warhol remembered me." (NT)

Andy Warhol [January 30, 1982]:

"Jon [Gould] picked me up and we cabbed to Sheridan Square to see Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy... The play was four hours long but it was really funny, it had funny lines and everybody loved it, everybody laughed... And when the play was over the usher said that Harvey Fierstein wanted to see me. I'd always had it in the back of my head that somehow he was somebody we knew vaguely, but I couldn't remember, and then I met him and he said, 'Don't you remember me? I was that 500-pound boy who was in your play, Pork, and look at what I have here - a hit play!' And he's great, his voice got so low. He's appealing and really talented - he wrote and directed it and acts in it. I told him I'd try to get Interview to do a story on him because he's new talent." (AWD427)

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EVA HESSE

A discussion panel on Eva Hesse will take place on Thursday, May 18 at 6:30 pm at The Jewish Museum in New York in conjunction with the "Eva Hesse: Sculpture" exhibition that runs from May 12 - September 17, 2006. The panel ("Eva Hesse: Beyond Minimalism") will include Carl Andre, Mel Bochner, Nancy Holt and William S. Wilson. Details on the museum's website at: www.thejewishmuseum.org.

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ANDY WARHOL ON AMERICAN MASTERS (PBS)

Ric Burns' documentary on Andy Warhol will be broadcast on the P.B.S. on September 20 and 21, 2006 at 9:00 pm as part of its American Masters series. Burns previously directed the Emmy award winning eight part series, New York: A Documentary Film and has been working on his Warhol documentary for more than three years. Hopefully his film will be more accurate than the information about Warhol's life provided on the PBS page for the documentary which makes two glaring errors. In their mini-biography of Warhol, the PBS incorrectly states that, " Andy Warhol's exact birth date is unknown, though one can assume it is between 1927 and 1930." They make an even more obvious error at the end of their web page which states that "On February 22, 1987, Warhol died of heart failure at his home in New York." (www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/warhol_a.html)

The confusion surrounding Warhol's date of birth derives from the fact that while he was alive, he sometimes gave out the wrong date of birth. This was further complicated when Jean Stein published her book Edie: An American Biography [aka Edie: American Girl] in 1982. Stein had requested Warhol's birth certificate from the State of Pennsylvania and had been provided with the wrong one. Bob Colacello cleared up the mystery in his book Holly Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up, published in the 1990:

Bob Colacello:

"Andy had something else to worry about in 1982. The big beach book that summer was Edie: An American Biography by Jean Stein, edited by George Plimpton. It presented Andy as a craven manipulator and an amoral voyeur, who had the other Superstars keeping tabs on Edie Sedgwicks' drug taking so that he could be there with his movie camera when she overdosed... Edie revived all the old perceptions about Andy's degeneracy and evilness, all the old tales that we had spent a decade eradicating... He [Andy Warhol] was particularly infuriated by a birth certificate reproduced in the the book, for an Andrew Warhola, born in Forest City, Pennsylvania on October 28, 1930. The mother's name had been blacked out, presumably because it wasn't Julia Warhola and that would imply something very strange about Andy's birth like illegitimacy, for example. 'This is not my birth certificate,' Andy wailed. 'This is not my birth certificate. Oh, I hate Jean Stein. I really, really hate her.' Really, really meant really, really. (It wasn't Andy's birth certificate: Forest City High School records show that that Andrew Warhola graduated in 1947 and applied to a pre-dental program at the University of Scranton. His photograph on file bears no resemblance to Andy.)" (BC459-60)

Warhol's correct birth date, August 6, 1928, appears both on his certificate of baptism and a birth certificate that was filed late in order to get him into college (see chronology). The correct date of birth is confirmed in Andy Warhol: 365 Takes by the staff of The Warhol (museum).

In regard to the second error - that Warhol died at home - there are no Warhol biographies that make this claim and one wonders where that information came from. It is common knowledge that Warhol died in his sleep in hospital while recovering from a routine gall bladder operation (see the 1987 section in www.warholstars.org/chron/1980Plus.html).

Royce Carlton, the agency which books Mr. Burns for speaking engagements, describes his Warhol project: "Combining unique and penetrating on-camera interviews and never-before-seen still and archival motion picture footage with the testimony of Warhol’s bewilderingly vast body of work – including paintings, drawings, photographs, films, television shows, magazines, books, songs, musical performances and more – the film will be the first to exploit in depth the immense Warhol archives at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. It will also be the first to explore the complete spectrum of Warhol’s astonishing artistic output, stretching across five decades from the late 1940's to his untimely death in the 1980's." (www.roycecarlton.com/speakers/burns.html)

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AL HANSEN

"3rd Rail Revisited—An Evening of Al Hansen Performance" organized by Hansen's daughter, Warhol star Bibbe Hansen, which took place on April 29 at the Andrea Rosen Gallery, was covered by Art Forum magazine. Photos and reportage at www.artforum.com/diary/#entry10844.

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ANDY WARHOL AT CHRISTIE'S

Art owners are taking advantage of the current seller's market to auction off some interesting pieces at the upcoming Post-war and Contemporary Art auctions at Christie's in New York.

The May 9th evening auction will include a a signed S & H Green Stamps which Betty Asher acquired from the artist in 1962 (est. $1-1.5 million); Four Jackies (est. $1-1.5 million); a Small, Torn Campbell's Soup Can (est. $10-15 million) originally owned by the Stable Gallery and a collection of 16 small Flowers canvases being sold as one lot with a modest estimate of $1,800,000 - $2,200.00. (Expect them to sell for more.) The previous owners of some of the panels included Billy Name (Linich), Heiner Bastian, Leo Castelli and "Mr. & Mrs. Reed." Each canvas is either signed or initialed by Warhol and fifteen of them are listed in the Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné: Paintings and Sculptures 1964-1969, vol. II.

The following morning's auctions will include a signed Self-Portrait, authenticated by the Andy Warhol Authentication Board and listed in the the catalogue raisonné, and a 1985 signed and dated Campbell's Soup (Tomato) being sold by Andy Warhol's nephew, Jeffrey Warhola (est. $70,000 - $90,000).

Jeffrey Warhola is also selling some items in Christie's Prints and Multiples auction taking place May 1st and 2nd, including a complete set of 10 screen prints of Campbell’s Soup in their original box (est. $200,000 - 300,000); four Skulls (est. $12,000 - $18,000); Flowers (est. $30,000 - $40,000) and Shadows I (est. $60,000 - $80,000).

The evening sale on May 10th will include two Warhol/Basquiat collaborations - Hot Water, signed by both artists (with a bargain basement est. of $200,000 - $300,000) and Collaboration (est. $90,000 - $120,000). Expect both works to sell for considerably more.

The website for Christie's is at www.christies.com.

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