Andy Warhol News Archive February 2004

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Andy Warhol superstar Holly Woodlawn is in the hospital after complications that developed after an operation on her arm and shoulder which she broke during a fall. It is not true that she is in a coma - as reported by The New York Post - although she is in intensive care and her condition is serious.

Holly has responded to the Post article by putting a message on her website assuring her fans that she is "not through with this life yet."

Because of her injury, Holly missed the premiere of her latest film, Milwaukee, Minnesota on January 17, 2004. The film, directed by Allan Mindel, also features Bruce Dern and Randy Quaid in the cast.

Our best wishes to Holly for a speedy recovery.


Personally inscribed copies of Little Joe Superstar are being offered for sale on the Joe Dallesandro website at www.joedallesandro.com.

This excellent (out of print) book by Michael Ferguson features extensive photographs of Joe and is extremely informative, covering both his Warhol and non-Warhol film career (including a chapter on the never-seen San Diego Surf).

It's well worth the $25.00 purchase price - particularly with an inscription by Joe.


Craig Highberger's documentary on Warhol star, Jackie Curtis, will be shown in London prior to its U.S. premiere.

Superstar in a Housedress - the Life and Legend of Jackie Curtis (narrated by Lily Tomlin) has been selected for the 18th annual London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival organized by the British Film Institute.

The Festival - one of the most respected and longest running gay film festivals in the world - will run from March 24 to April 7, 2004. The full schedule for this year's screenings will be posted on the Festival's website from the evening of February 25, 2004, where you will also be able to purchase tickets online.

Clips from the film and information about the American and Canadian dates are here.


One of Deborah Kass's Warhol inspired paintings featuring Barbra Streisand as a modern pop art icon is being used as the front cover photograph of the newly published anthology, Queer Theory and The Jewish Question. The painting used is from her Jewish Jackie Series (4 Barbras).

The Jewish Museum in New York is also using one of Kass's paintings, Double Red Yentl, split (My Elvis) for their 100th anniversary this year. The painting will also be featured in several upcoming group shows, including Likeness: Artists’ Portraits of Artists by Other Artists at the Wattis Institute, California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco, CA and Crimes and Misdemeanors: Politics in U.S. Art of the1980's, at the Cincinnati Center for Contemporary Art.

A book about Kass's Warhol inspired art - Deborah Kass, The Warhol Project - with essays by Michael Plante, Robert Rosenblum, Linda Nochlin, Maurice Berger and Mary Anne Stanszewski - is currently out of print, but used copies are available through Amazon.


This month, I have added to the 'articles' section of this site, a piece written about Andy Warhol by William S. Wilson which originally appeared in the March 1968 London-based magazine, Art and Artists.

Wilson wrote the article at the request of Mario Amaya, the founder of Art and Artists. Later in the same year, Mario Amaya was at the Factory when Warhol was shot by Valerie Solanas who also wounded Mario. Coincidently, prior to shooting Warhol and Amaya, Solanas had stored her gun underneath the bed of William S. Wilson's mother - the artist May Wilson.

William S. Wilson has written a new preface to his article for this site. The original article and the new preface appears here.

In addition to his writings on art, Mr. Wilson is also the author of a fascinating collection of short stories, Why I Don't Write Like Franz Kafka, which is available through Amazon and the usual outlets.


I've also added to the 'articles' section this month the second part of my interview with artist Mark Lancaster.

Lancaster was in Andy Warhol's Batman Dracula and Couch in addition to appearing in one of Warhol's few male-to-male Kiss films (with Gerard Malanga).

In the second installment Mark talks about David Hockney, Derek Jarman, Robert Rauschenberg, Fred Hughes, Jackie Curtis, the Empire State Building, and the Post-Warhol Souvenirs he created after Warhol's death. The interview appears here.


Billy Klüver, who was responsible for making Andy Warhol's Silver Clouds float, died on January 11, 2004 of melanoma. He passed away at his home in Brooklyn Heights, New Jersey at the age of 76.

Warhol had initially approached Klüver about the possibility of making a helium-filled floating light bulb. In the spring of 1961 Warhol had purchased Jasper John's Light Bulb - a 1958 drawing of a light bulb lying on its side - for $350 from the Leo Castelli Gallery. (The price was negotiated down from the $400 - $500 asking price.) It is possible that the light bulb drawing was the inspiration for his own project. (DB229/80)

Klüver decided that it wasn't technologically possible to create a floating, self-powered light bulb due to the weight of the batteries and the smallness of the bulb which would not produce much light. Harold Hodges, one of Klüver's colleagues, had invented a metallic plastic film called Scotchpak which Klüver showed to Warhol who then decided to make 'clouds' instead. The Silver Clouds (1966) (which were sometimes referred to as the Silver Pillows) were sold for $50 each when first created.

Klüver also teamed up with Robert Rauschenberg in 1966 to solve engineering problems posed by ten artists. Mr. Klüver invited 30 scientists and engineers to find out how to realize ideas like snowflakes that fell up instead of down and tennis rackets that could produce the sound of large temple bells. The result was a performance series called Nine Evenings: Theater and Engineering which attracted 14,000 visitors when it opened at the 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan on October 13, 1966.

Klüver was also one of the founding members of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) which earned him a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from France and the Royal Order of Vasa from Sweden. The other founders of the group were Robert Rauschenberg, the artist Bob Whitman and Fred Waldhauer, a Bell Labs engineer. Mr. Klüver was a staff scientist at Bell Telephone Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J., from 1958 to 1968.

Mr. Klüver is survived by his wife, Julie Martin, his daughter Maja Kluver of Brooklyn, his son Kristian Patrik Kluver of Boulder, Colorado as well as two half brothers - Bjorn Tarras-Wahlberg and Lorentz Lyttkens - both of Stockholm and a half-sister, Ase Lyttkens, also of Stockholm. (NYT3)

To see what Andy Warhol's Silver Clouds are doing now, go to warhol.earthcam.com and click on Cam 2 which will give you access to the live webcam in the Silver Clouds room at the Andy Warhol Museum.)


The National Gallery in Scotland has started its year of celebrating American art which will culminate in a major Warhol exhibition early next year.

The first American artist to be honored is Cindy Sherman whose work is being displayed until March 7, 2004. In addition to the exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, ten large billboards by Sherman (originally commissioned by London Underground and the Serpentine Gallery) are currently on display at the Omni building, Edinburgh. until March 7.

The year of American art will continue in the summer with a Jasper Johns exhibition called Past Things and Present: Jasper Johns since 1983. Edinburgh will be the only British venue to host this exhibit.

The Warhol exhibition in early 2005 - Andy Warhol: Self Portraits - will show how the artist portrayed himself over the years - from his earliest drawings in the 1940s up until his death in 1987.

Currently, the Museum only owns only one work by Warhol and none by Jasper Johns.


A site-user who has been given several works of art by Louis Waldon is seeking to contact the Warhol star. If anyone has contact details for him, can they please let Diana know at Flowerhouse@earthlink.net

Another site-user has brought to my attention an interesting document that appears on a web site devoted to Jim Carroll. Carroll was making money doing odd jobs at the Factory and at one point was asked to come up with a list of thirty names for characters in Andy Warhol's play Pork - based on Warhol's telephone conversations with Brigid Berlin. Carroll's account of coming up with the names is interesting despite the fact that Warhol didn't actually use them. Carroll's account of making the list appears here.

David Bowie's account of seeing Pork at the Roundhouse in London can be found here.

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