OCTOBER 2004 (2)
SOTHEBY'S TO AUCTION MARK LANCASTER PAINTINGS
Two paintings by Warhol star Mark Lancaster will be auctioned by Sotheby's in London on October 21, 2004. Lancaster is a British artist who appeared in Batman Dracula and a Kiss film with Gerard Malanga. He also assisted Warhol with several paintings, including the Flowers series for Warhol's first exhibit at Leo Castelli's gallery in 1964.
Mark Lancaster: "The paintings in the Sotheby's sale are only described as Untitled but are actually two of the 180 paintings in the series Post-Warhol Souvenirs which I made in the year following Andy Warhol's death, in 1987. They are all called Marilyn together with the date of their making. Almost all of the series makes a reference, often dumbly obvious, sometimes less so, to another artist or style as well as to Warhol's image of Marilyn Monroe, which is always quoted in whole or in part in each painting. In the Sotheby's sale, Lot 145 obviously refers to Salvador Dali's 1931 Persistence of Memory. I made a melting Marilyn in place of one of the melting watches. In another painting I depicted a watch with Marilyn's face. In Lot 146, I depicted an imaginary scene, where the boy in profile in the water at the right side of the National Gallery's great Seurat, Bathers at Asniere, has a Warhol Marilyn on the wall behind him."
For information on the auction, go to www.sothebys.com and type the artist's name in the search box. Another selection of Mark Lancaster's paintings also appears at www.berardomodern.com (Click on "artists", then "L", and then the artist's name.) Lancaster's comments on the paintings in the Berardo collection appear below:
"The first painting is one of a small number of depictions of Warhol's Marilyn in different techniques.This is a rendition in black on yellow of the photographic image he took as the source of his silk screen." "The second from left refers to Marcel Duchamp's Self Portrait in Profile (1958), a torn paper collage. In Jasper Johns's 1964 painting According to What he suspended this Duchamp profile over a hinged canvas at the bottom edge of the painting and painted the shadow it cast. I decided to 'subtract' or 'overlap' the Duchamp profile from a Marilyn. Duchamp's influence on Johns and Warhol is well known, and that of Johns on Warhol. I wanted to refer to this, and, more personally, to 1964 when I first knew both Warhol and Johns. The silver paint, of course, is the silver of the Factory." "Warhol's paintings of Elizabeth Taylor are less poignant but almost as familiar as those of Marilyn Monroe. Here I made a dual portrait of sorts, with both of them in the same plane, as it were, but with Liz's hair obscuring Marilyn's eyes, and Marilyn's lips refusing to leave the picture." "Andy Warhol made a picture of Mickey Mouse. This is simply Minnie Mouse as Marilyn. Icon as icon." "This is Marilyn as Marlene Dietrich. I remembered that Richard Avedon had photographed Marilyn Monroe posing as various movie stars, including Theda Bara, Jean Harlow and Dietrich, years before. They were published in England in Queen magazine around 1960 and forgotten for years. I still had the Queen magazine and used the Avedon photograph as the source, changing the hairline so it remains a Warhol reference."
Mark Lancaster's work also appears in the book, Pop Art, A Continuing History by Marco Livingstone. An interview with the Mark Lancaster appears here.
RICHARD AVEDON DIES FROM BRAIN HEMMORRHAGE
Photographer Richard Avedon died on Friday, October 1, 2004 in Texas. He was 81 years old. Avedon had been hospitalized the previous Saturday with a brain hemorrhage while on assignment for New Yorker magazine in Texas. He had been shooting photos for an article on democracy which was to run before the U.S. presidential election. Avedon's most famous images of the Warhol crowd included photos of a pregnant Viva, Warhol exposing the scars inflicted by Valerie Solanas and a large panoramic shot of Warhol's superstars that included a naked Candy Darling revealing her "manhood". Many of the photos were featured in his book, The Sixties, now out of print. An article on Avedon's death appears in the Advocate, here.
WARHOL X 2 IN SCOTLAND
Andy Warhol Self-Portraits will open at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh on February 12, 2005 and continue until May 2, 2005. The museum is currently showing Andy Warhol: Art Death and America until December 31, 2004. Both exhibits are part of the museum's A Year of American Art series.
The self-portraits exhibit will include more than fifty works, along with drawings and photographs. The exhibit is currently at the Sprengel Museum in Hanover until January 16, 2005. Details here:
ANDY WARHOL IN KANSAS
The Salina Art Center's current exhibition, Commodities, Celebrities, Death & Disaster: Andy Warhol, Michael Bevilacqua, Yasumasa Morimura, Lucinda Devlin, features the work of contemporary artists exploring the Warholian themes mentioned in the title of the exhibit. The theme of "commodities" is represented by Warhol's S & H Green stamps, a sculpture of a Heinz Tomato Ketchup box and a series of Campbell's Soup can paintings, along with Michael Bevilaqua's own work incorporating the logos of commercial companies like Gucci and Yves St. Laurent. Warhol's images of Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy are displayed as examples of the second theme, "celebrities", accompanied by the work of Japanese photographer Yasumasa Morimura. Warhol's images of an electric chair and a riot illustrate the third theme of "death and disaster", with Photographer Lucinda Devlin’s images of empty execution chambers focusing on the same theme.
Several lectures and events are planned to coincide with the exhibit, with a Warhol & Now symposium on Saturday, October 30 with Rachel Epp Butler, Glen R. Brown, David Cateforis and Raechell Smith. The film, I Shot Andy Warhol, will be shown from October 28 - November 1, 2004 at the Art Center Cinema.
The exhibit continues until October 31, 2004. Full details on the Salina Art Center website here:
MARY WORONOV: THE DEVIL'S REJECT
Warhol star, Mary Woronov, will be appearing in Rob Zombie's latest horror film, The Devil's Reject, to be released in early 2005. The cast also includes Ginger Lynn Allen (of Size Queens 1 fame), William Forsythe (from The LA Riot Spectacular), and Sheri Moon (from Toolbox Murders). Zombie previously directed House of 1000 Corpses (2003) and is also well known for his huge... um, musical talent - he wrote the song Never Gonna Stop for the film, WWE Raw 2: Ruthless Aggression.
Zombie's new film is about a group of bounty hunters out for revenge when one of their relatives (Sheriff Wydell) is murdered by the Firefly family. Woronov plays a waitress who has a violent confrontation with Otis Driftwood and Baby Firefly.
More details at: www.upcominghorrormovies.com/movies/corpses2.php
JACKIE CURTIS EXHIBITION AT THE PROPOSITION
An exhibition of art relating to Warhol star Jackie Curtis will be at The Proposition gallery from September 14 - October 23, 2004, with the opening reception on Saturday, September 18, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
The exhibition will include work by Alice Neel as well as Andy Warhol. Vintage footage from 1974 of Jackie performing in one of her plays will also be shown, along with photos taken of her by Craig Highberger. Highberger directed the documentary about Curtis - Superstar in a Housedress.
The exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Jackie and Ron Link. Full details on the gallery website at: www.theproposition.com/exhibitions.html