Medzilaborce, an eastern Slovak town that is home to the Warhol Family Museum of Modern Art, plans on using a recently received a European Union tourism grant of over $50,000 to change the look of the town to symbolize pop art and Andy Warhol.
The money will be used to renovate the facades of nine houses in the town's center and to decorate four bus stops in the style of Warhol. Warhol's parents grew up in the nearby village of Mikova before they eventually emigrated separately to the states.
Should you be planning a visit to Medzilaborce to visit the Museum, you might want to stay at the Hotel Laborec which is located on A Warhol Street. (Their email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org)
WARHOL AT CHRISTIE'S
Christie's in New York will be offering a number of Warhol paintings and drawings at their Post War and Contemporary Art auction on September 15, 2004. Included are two "1918" signed drawings used to create a theatrical poster.
Numerous Warhol prints will be auctioned off as part of Christie's Fine Prints auction in New York on September 28, 2004, including a screenprint with diamond dust of Elizabeth Scheel, a screenprint of Franz Kafka from his Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century series and a Campbell's Soup Can shopping bag.
Another interesting item they will be auctioning at the Fine Prints Auction is a portfolio of 28 prints, multiples and photographs by various artists, including Warhol, Lichtenstein, Oldenburg, Nam June Paik and Robert Rauschenberg, originally created in conjunction with E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology). It is expected to sell for $6,000 - $8,000 - a modest estimate considering how much in demand these portfolios are. One is owned by the Seattle Art Museum and is currently on exhibit as part of its Modern in America show.
Two weeks prior to the prints auction, Christie's in Paris will be auctioning off two photographs by Christopher Makos of Andy Warhol photographing a nude male model. Information and photos of the individual lots are on Christie's website at:
Photographer Bruce Weber threw a birthday bash for his partner, Nan Bush, at Andy Warhol's Montauk compound recently. Guests included Robert DeNiro and his wife Carey Lowell. Weber has rented the compound from Paul Morrissey for the summer. Morrissey put the property on the market a couple of years ago for a record $50 million, although it remains unsold. Much of the original acreage has already been donated to the Andy Warhol Nature Preserve.
According to the New York Post, the state, Suffolk County and East Hampton Town are considering buying what is left of Warhol's Montauk property (approximately six acres), along with a neighboring beachfront property owned by developer Peter Noble - although the high price tag of both properties may be a deterrent.
Another interesting party is taking place this weekend (August 21, 2004) at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in New Orleans where 200 guests will attempt to re-create Truman Capote's famous Black and White Ball which originally took place in 1966 at New York's Plaza Hotel. Guests at Capote's ball included Mia Farrow and husband Frank Sinatra, Lauren Bacall, Tennesse Williams, Arthur Miller, Diana Vreeland, Norman Mailer, Tallulah Bankhead and Andy Warhol. When Warhol arrived and saw the other guests, he remarked to his escort, Henry Geldzahler, "We're the only nobodies here." (DB252)
ANDY WARHOL AT THE ICA (LONDON)
The ICA in London is currently showing Andy Warhol's Vesuvius as part of its Artists' Favourites (Act II) exhibition. The ICA asked several contemporary artists to choose a favorite work by another artist made between 1947 and today. Artists who were asked to choose included Martin Creed, Olafur Eliasson, Vik Muniz, Luc Tuymans, Gillian Wearing, and Art & Language. Martin Creed chose Warhol's Vesuvius.
Creed won the Turner Prize in 2001 - the year that Madonna presented the award. His installation, Work No.227: The lights going on and off, consisted of an empty room in which the lights went on for five seconds, then off for five seconds, then on for five seconds, then off for five seconds and so on...
Creed's installation was reminiscent of Warhol's own Invisible Sculpture shown in 1974 at the Factory (not the one done later, in 1985, at Area). Warhol's 1974 Invisible Sculpture consisted of various alarms that would be activated when you walked into the centre of the room. Some of the alarms activated light beams that would go off and on. According to Cutrone, "It was like a kinetic sculpture in some way: a sound sculpture, a light sculpture. But there was nothing there; it was totally invisible..." (UW66)
Although Creed may not have been aware of Warhol's installation at the time he did his own Turner prize winning work, it was interesting to discover that Warhol was one of his favorite artists in the blurb he wrote about his choice of Vesuvius for the current ICA exhibit:Martin Creed: "My first choice was one of Frank Stella's black paintings, but it was not possible to borrow one for this exhibition... Not getting a black painting, my next thoughts were Mozart and Andy Warhol. They are two of my favourite artists. I think of them as being very similar. For me their work is concentrated on the surface. It is beautifully shallow, superficial... I remember seeing for the first time a painting of Vesuvius by Andy Warhol and thinking it was beautiful, like an ice-cream. It was a relief."
The Artists' Favourites exhibition at the ICA continues until September 5, 2004. On September 12, 2004, the ICA will also be presenting a specially commissioned work in Trafalgar Square with the pop band,The Pet Shop Boys, performing their new soundtrack to Eisenstein's film, Battleship Potemkin, which will be projected on a large screen in the square during their performance.
This year's Turner Prize will be awarded in a live television broadcast on December 6, 2004 on Channel 4. Nominated artists are: Kutlug Ataman (video installations), Jeremy Deller (Memory Bucket - a mixed media installation), Langlands and Bell (The House of Osama bin Laden consisting of photos, animation and video) and Yinka Shonibare (sculptural installations).
CHRISTIE'S TO AUCTION UNRELEASED POSTER
Christie's in Australia is auctioning off a poster that was originally printed to advertise the Warhol/Basquiat collaboration show party at the Palladium in New York on September 14, 1985.
The poster was never used because of a spelling error ("addmission"). A set of ten was produced before the error was noticed and the poster they are offering is one of the ten.
The poster will be sold with the actual boxing glove used for the image on the poster. The pink glove was signed and painted by Warhol, possibly making it more valuable than the poster.
The poster and glove together are estimated to sell for $1,000 - $1,500 Australian dollars. The sale will be part of their International and Contemporary Paintings auction to be held August 23-24, 2004. The lot number is 273.
ULTRA VIOLET ART
An exhibition of Ultra Violet's art opens at the Washington County Museum of Fine Art on August 27, 2004.
Ultra Violet appeared in several of Warhol's films, including I A Man, The Life of Juanita Castro and **** (Four Stars). She also appeared in the 1967 production of Charles Ludlam's play, Conquest of the Universe, which featured Taylor Mead, Ondine, Mary Woronov, Frances Francine and Beverly Grant in the cast.
After leaving the Factory, Ultra continued to do film work, appearing in several non-Warhol cult classics like The Phynx and Dinah East as well as a cameo appearance in the more mainstream film, An Unmarried Woman, directed by Paul Mazursky.
Her art has been exhibited internationally. The upcoming show at the Washington County Museum of Fine Art will continue until October 17, 2004.
Ultra Violet's website is at: www.ultravioletweb.com
JACKIE CURTIS PLAYS L.A.
Craig Highberger's documentary on Warhol star Jackie Curtis, Superstar in a Housedress, will play the Regent Showcase cinema in Los Angeles from August 20 - 27, 2004.
Prior to the L.A. date, the documentary plays San Francisco at the Castro Theater from August 6 - 13, 2004 and Hudson, New York at Time and Space from August 7 - 14, 2004.
Full details for the screenings can be accessed via the Jackie Curtis website at www.jackiecurtis.com .
J. Hoberman in the Village Voice: "Years in the making, Craig Highberger's Superstar in a Housedress is a fabulously fond and entertaining tribute to the quick-witted Lower East Side kid, the son of a taxi dancer and a marine, who grew up above his grandmother's Second Avenue saloon... As Village Voice fashion columnist Blair Sobol wrote nearly 30 years ago, 'Jackie came before Bette Midler with the '40s feeling of a Rita redhead, the Joan Crawford flaming mouth, and the Ann Sheridan padded shoulders. Jackie taught me how to put glitter on my eyelids and how to wear torn pantyhose with style.' Curtis was also over six feet tall and built like a linebacker."
(Village Voice, April 30, 2004)
NEW WARHOL BOOK
A new book on Warhol has been published by the University of Illinois Press: Pop Trickster Fool: Warhol Performs Naivete by Kelly M. Cresap. Cresap is a teacher in the English Department at the University of Maryland and has previously written a essay on Warhol called New York School's "Out": Andy Warhol Presents Dumb and Dumber which appeared in The Queer Sixties by Patricia Juliana Smith published in 1999. More information about Cresap's Warhol book can be found on the U. of Illinois Press website at:
www.press.uillinois.edu/f04/cresap.htmlU. of Illinois Press: "...Kelly M. Cresap performs a nearly impossible task: accounting for the far-ranging implications of Warhol's sustained performance as a naif. This book is as much for those who despise Warhol as those who admire him. Among the offerings here is a vigorous account of the search for Warhol's brain; a polemic on camp taste; and a unique forum representing four decades of intense debate about the artist. Readers will find an engaging blend of art and literature, popular culture and mythology, as well as timely reflections on postmodernism, queer sensibility, and the nature of jokes and performance."
RAY JOHNSON FILM ON DVD
How to Draw a Bunny, the documentary on American artist Ray Johnson, will be released on DVD and video on September 21, 2004.
The film, directed by John Walter and produced by Andrew Moore, has won numerous awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Festival in 2002 and the Prix de Public award at the Recontre Film Festival in Paris.
The documentary includes interviews with Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist and Christo in addition to Johnson himself. But the most extensive (and interesting) interview is with Warhol star Billy Name. The extras on the DVD includes outtakes, a narrated tour of the Ray Johnson Show at the Feigen Gallery, a collection of photos of 76 works of art by Johnson and a commentary track by the director and producer.
Although the list price of the DVD will be $29.98, Amazon is currently offering a 30% discount for pre-orders here.
ANDY WARHOL IN THE "NIC"
Andy Warhol's Dream America is at the Nicolaysen Art Museum and Discovery Center in Wyoming from August 6 - November 28, 2004.
The exhibition features 98 screenprints from the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation’s Andy Warhol collection.
Among the works included are Marilyn screenprints from 1967, Soup Can screenprints from 1968, Flash-November 22, 1963 from 1968, the Shadows 1 portfolio (1979) and Warhol's Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century (1980).
The website for the Nicolaysen is at: www.thenic.org