OCTOBER 2004 (1)
AUCTION SALE ESTIMATES AT 14 YEAR HIGH: A SELLERS' MARKET?
The sales estimates for the upcoming Impressionist, modern and contemporary art auctions at Sotheby's and Christie's are the highest since May 1990 (six months before the crash of the art market.) Sotheby's sales estimate for Impressionist and modern art is $208.4 million to $290.6 million, with Christie's estimating $111.9 million to $158.2 million. For its contemporary art sales auction, Sotheby's is estimating sales of $80.7 million to $107.8 million, with Christie's estimating sales of $69.1 million to $94.7 million. The previous postwar and contemporary auctions that took place in New York in May 2004 exceeded expectations and may be fueling sellers' optimism in regard to the upcoming November auctions.
Among the items that will be auctioned is Warhol's Birmingham Race Riot, which is being sold by Richard Lane, the Manhattan property developer and his interior designer wife, Barbara. Sotheby's will also be auctioning more than $16 million worth of works by Jasper Johns and de Kooning from the collection of Hollywood executive, David Geffen.
The twice yearly New York auctions begin on November 3, 2004 but, prior to that date, Christie's in London will be holding their own Post-War and Contemporary Art auction on October 20, 2004. The London auction will include five works by Warhol: a signed, dated and numbered Dollar Bill (est. £70,000 - £100,000), an unsigned Gun with the Andy Warhol Authentication Board stamp (est. £35,000 - £50,000), an unsigned Diamond Dust Shoes with the Authentication Board stamp (est. £250,000 - £350,000), an unsigned Liza Minelli with the Board's stamp (est. £120,000 - £150,000) and an unsigned, unstamped, Campbell's Onion Soup Box from 1986 (est. £220,000 - £280,000). Additional Warhol items will be offered in Christie's London Prints and Multiples auction on October 21, 2004 and a cookie jar once owned by Warhol is expected to bring in £700 - £900 as part of Christie's Modern Design auction in London on October 20, 2004.
Full details on the Christie's website at: www.christies.com.
TIME CAPSULES + SCREEN TESTS AT THE WARHOL
THE ANDY WARHOL SHOW AT THE MILAN TRIENNALE
The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh is having a major exhibition of the contents of Andy Warhol's Time Capsules from October 3, 2004 to January 2, 2005. The exhibit consists of over 3,000 items from fifteen boxes. (An excellent book cataloging the contents of Time Capsule 21 was published in March of this year.)
The Museum will also be showing a wide selection of restored Screen Tests throughout October. Particularly interesting is Reel #2 (not to be confused with the full-length film, Screen Test #2, starring Mario Montez). Reel #2 includes the short, static, screen tests of a young Bibbe Hansen, Pop artist Jim Rosenquist and the first black American super-model, Donyale Luna - who later died of a drug overdose.
Over 200 works by Warhol are being shown at Milan's Triennale in one of the largest shows ever held in Italy of Warhol's work. Also included in the exhibit are sketches, fashion illustrations and covers from Interview magazine. The exhibit, which opened on Wednesday, September 22, 2004 continues until January 9, 2005. Details at: www.triennale.it
Other International Warhol Exhibitions: The Minnesota Center for Book Arts is displaying both the Index Book and the Andy Warhol/Jack Smith Aspen Pop Art issue as part of its Artist's Books exhibit which continues until November 6, 2004 (http://mnbookarts.org/); the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery in New York is exhibiting David McCabe's photographs of Warhol and the Factory until October 14, 2004 (www.vanderbilt.edu/gallery/exhibits); the Juliana Gallery in Seoul, Korea is currently showing self-portraits of Warhol as part of its Andy Warhol Photo and Prints exhibition which continues until October 24, 2004 (www.julianagallery.com); the Warhol dollar signs from the early eighties are at the Van de Weghe Fine Art gallery in New York until November 24, 2004 (www.vdwfineart.com); the Making Faces exhibit at the National Gallery in London, which includes several pieces by Warhol, ends September 26, 2004 (www.nationalgallery.org.uk); the Black Red exhibition which includes work by Warhol, continues at the Akira Ikeda Gallery/Taura in Japan until October 30, 2004. (www.akiraikedagallery.com), The Prints of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again) will be at the Naples Museum of Art in Florida from February 8 - April 3, 2005 - Tom Sokolowski, the Director of the Andy Warhol Museum will be one of the speakers
Non-Warhol Exhibitions and Art News: The annual Frieze Art Fair will take place on 15-18 October in Regent's Park, London (www.friezeartfair.com); Jake and Dinos Chapman are at the Galerie Edition Kunsthandel from October 2 - November 27, 2004 (www.2021art.com) and at the Dunkers Kulturhus in Sweden (www.dunkerskulturhus.com) through November 21; Roy Lichtenstein is at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from October 23, 2004 - February 22, 2005 (www.sfmoma.org); Kenneth Anger film stills are at the Modern Art gallery in London until October 10, 2004 (www.modernartinc.com); the winner of the Turner Prize in the U.K. will be announced December 6, 2004 in a live television broadcast - shortlisted artists will be exhibited at the Tate Britain from October 20, 2004 (www.tate.org.uk/home/news/turner_prize_2004_21-09-04.htm); Cindy Sherman and Vanessa Beecroft are at the Arario in Korea until November 21, 2004 to be followed by Sigmar Polke from December 1, 2004 - February 20, 2005 (www.arariogallery.com); Jeff Koons is at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Norway until December 12, 2004 (www.afmuseet.no) - then travels to the Helsinki City Art Museum from January - April, 2005; the Armory Show in New York will take place March 11-14, 2005 (www.thearmoryshow.com); Louise Bourgeois is at the Cacmalaga in Spain until November 7, 2004 (www.cacmalaga.org); Robert Wilson is at the Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco until October 16, 2004 (www.renabranstengallery.com); the Museum of Modern Art in midtown Manhattan re-opens on November 20, 2004; Bridget Riley ("Recent Paintings") is at Pace Wildenstein in New York until October 23, 2004 (www.pacewildenstein.com); The 2005 World Exhibition in Japan will feature a Laurie Anderson film, 12 Regrets, commissioned by NASA.
BILLY NAME & JOHN CALE PHOTO SESSION
Billy Name recently did a photo session with John Cale (clothes by Betsey Johnson) to coincide with New York's Fashion week and the U.S. release of Cale's new album, Hobo Sapiens. Cale's album was produced by Nick Franglen of Lemon Jelly fame and included the musical participation of Brian Eno and his daughters Darla and Irial. The album is being released in the states by Or Music whose website includes audio samples from the album.
British music journalist, Gavin Martin, has reviewed the album, writing "... the sonic landscape covered is quintessential Cale - by turns radical and tuneful, the ferocious intelligence matched to spare but exacting lyrical imagery... The opening "Zen" sets up the vision of a world in turmoil, paying for untold crimes. The sense of foreboding reaches a peak on the haunted "Twilight Zone". But there's beauty and serenity too - in the soothing cyclical loops and samples of "Look Horizon" and "Caravan". All told, Hobosapiens is an album that ranks with the most striking of Cale's formidable career."
Billy Name has also recently had an exhibition of his Factory photographs at the Seattle art gallery, Roq la Rue. A review of the exhibition, written by Emily Hall, appears at: www.thestranger.com/2004-06-17/art.html.
A DIRTY SHAME
A new film by a member of the Board of the Directors of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts will be released on September 24, 2004 in both the U.S.A. and the U.K. The film is A Dirty Shame, directed by John Waters. Waters was elected to the Board of Directors of the Andy Warhol Foundation in 2002.
Waters has always been a keen fan of Warhol's films and used some of Warhol's stars for his own films. Brigid Berlin made cameo appearances in both Serial Mom (1994) and Pecker (1998) and Joe Dallesandro appeared in Waters' Cry-Baby (1990). Although the cast of Waters' new film does not include any Warhol stars, it does include English comic actress Tracey Ullman, as well as Waters' stalwarts Mink Stole and Patricia Hearst.
John Waters: "After Andy died, I thought it was a way to pay tribute, really... I had Joe Dallesandro in Cry Baby and I had Brigid Berlin in Serial Mom and Pecker and I thought it was just my way of tributing. I probably never would have put them in my films if Andy was alive because it would be like raiding different studios, you know. So I never thought of it as poaching, I thought of it as a tribute to a filmmaker I like very very much - both Andy and Paul Morrissey." (BB)
ANDY WARHOL'S DIGITAL ARCHIVE
The Andy Warhol Foundation has recently entered into a deal with the the Corbis photographic agency to offer over 600 Warhol images for licensing. A list of the images can be found at: http://pro.corbis.com/search/searchFrame.asp
MESSAGE TO ANDY WARHOL
Filmmaker and conceptual artist, Laurent Foissac - who Warhol star Ultra Violet has dubbed an "UUUUUltra Terrestrial" - has recently brought to my attention his Message to Andy Warhol film and installation in three parts.
The first part of his installation is his twenty six minute film which reunites Ultra Violet with Andy Warhol's ghost. Ultra talks to Andy as the film follows them into various virtual worlds from the streets of New York to the silver Factory (in 3D). The second part consists of more than 500 "cyber pop portraits" (real and virtual) projected on giant screens.
This is followed by an interactive session requiring the viewer's participation. Two "e-art" pictures appear - one with Warhol's "fifteen minutes of fame" quotation and another asking the viewer what they would do with their fifteen minutes of fame. The viewers are encouraged to type their answers on a computer keyboard as their image is recorded by a webcam to be broadcast on a large screen or over the internet.
Foissac's film has won various awards including the Prix Lauréat Défi Jeunes and the Prix SCAM, and has been shown at various festivals, including Alcimé (official selection) and Manosque.
Photo by Billy Name(left)
Cyber Pop Compression by Laurent Foissac (right)
Laurent Foissac: " My idea was to give Ultra Violet, Warhol's famous superstar, 15 minutes during which she would find herself faced with Andy Warhol in the year 2000. She is plunged into a strange and mysterious cyberworld... The camera never stops, time goes by, life goes by in a stream of images... The world in which the spectator is about to be plunged is strange, it is a sort of NO MAN'S LAND, a cyberworld in which the borders are blurred. The film deals with many strong questions and subjects that go beyond the framework of Warhol's world... The idea is... to recreate a world, to use Warhol's story both to evoke the past and to use it as a raw material for a creation that integrates various media, various arts and uses new technologies in order to give birth to a new dimension, to new relations, to a new language, a melting pot, an artistic synergy that arouses reflection and questioning..."
Full details of Laurent's multimedia project are on his distributor's website at: home.nordnet.fr/~heureexquise-128/heex/foissac.htm
A reunion of staff and regulars who frequented the New York club, Danceteria, will be held this Thursday, September 9, 2004, at Downtime, 251 W. 30th Street in New York.
For further information, please go to the Danceteria yahoo