CIAO MANHATTAN IN FRANCE
Ciao Manhattan, the last (non-Warhol) film that Edie Sedgwick appeared in, is going to open at a Paris cinema on May 5, 2004. The cinema release will be accompanied by the DVD release which will also include interviews with co-producer David Weisman, actor Wesley Hayes, Edie biographer George Plimpton and fashion designer Betsey Johnson. Other extras include never before seen footage of Edie and commentary by David Weisman, John Palmer and Wesley Hayes. It will have the original English soundtrack with removable French subtitles.
The DVD will be released by Carlotta Films who were awarded the Prix DVD at the 2003 Cannes Festival for their excellent Paul Morrissey trilogy box set.
As with the Paul Morrissey trilogy, the packaging for Ciao Manhattan is a work of art in itself, with raised gold lettering, a box split in the middle that opens by pulling off the top half and an inner gatefold sleeve covered with Edie's photobooth pictures. The disk itself is labeled like a soup can.
In addition to offering Ciao Manhattan (as well as the Paul Morrissey Trilogy box set), Carlotta also distributes a diverse range of non-Warhol related films on DVD.
David Weisman on Ciao Manhattan (from the DVD interview): "We shot the color footage from December 1970 through January 1971... Then one morning in November 1971, shortly after Edie had married fellow Cottage Hospital patient Michael Post in a lovely ceremony at her family's rustic ranch (where for a brief, sunny instant a so-called 'normal life' seemed possible), John and I sat in our editing room stunned from a phone call informing us that Edie was dead. She just didn't wake up that day, her body ravaged by a decade of nonstop excess."
JACKIE CURTIS IN LONDON, NEW YORK, TORONTO...
After its London premiere on April 2, 2004 at the National Film Theatre, the Jackie Curtis documentary - Superstar in a Housedress - will make its U.S. debut at the Film Forum on May 5, 2004, followed by Toronto later in May where it will be one of the selections of the Inside Out Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Watch out for further dates throughout the U.S., including San Francisco.
Tickets for the April 2nd opening at the National Film Theatre are available from the box office at: 020 7928 3232.
Andy Warhol (December 8, 1978): "Jackie Curtis came up. He made this point of calling a week in advance to make an appointment to come up and see me, and he was supposed to bring one other person. Well, it was like old times. Jackie arrived with fifteen people. Two were photographers and he had David Dalton who's writing a book on him, and Jackie had no teeth and he's fat, and he's on amphetamines again. But he's still so clever..." (AWD187)
MAJOR LICHTENSTEIN RETROSPECTIVE IN LONDON
(Don't forget your skateboard)
The current Roy Lichtenstein retrospective at the Hayward Gallery in London will finish on May 16, 2004. It is the first major retrospective of his work to take place in England in over thirty years.
In conjunction with the exhibit, the gallery will host a skateboarding event called Biff! Bang! Pow! on April 6, 2004. The South Bank Centre, where the gallery is located (along with the Royal Festival Hall and National Film Theatre), has always been popular with skateboarders because of the smooth concrete surfaces of its 1950's architecture.
Highlights of the event include the premiere of an animated film about South Bank skateboarders by artists Grennan and Sperandio and the chance to create individual "cyber-Pop Art" portraits with the help of digital performance artist Rodney Fraser Munroe.
Full details here.
A fascinating article by C. Carr appeared in an issue of the Village Voice last month detailing the legal battle between Jack Smith's sister and the Plaster Foundation. The Plaster Foundation was founded by Warhol star Penny Arcade and Village Voice film critic, J. Hoberman to preserve and promote the art that Smith left behind after dying of AIDS in 1989.
Prior to his death, Jack Smith had indicated his "first wish" for his work: "Burn everything!" When Arcade asked him to think about the future, he responded "The future? It will only get worse!" After his death Penny used keys that Smith gave her in order to gain access to his apartment. She didn't burn the work however, she put it into storage, moving it to P.S. 1 for archiving in 1991. This eventually resulted in a major exhibition of his work as documented in the book Flaming Creature: Jack Smith, His Amazing Life and Times published in 1997.
Smith had not been in touch with his family for some time before his death. During his illness he specifically requested that his family not be contacted. His sister, who brought the lawsuit against The Plaster Foundation, had not spoken to him for over thirty years when he died. In her deposition to the court she testified that "My husband was strongly opposed to my taking possession of the artistic materials my brother had created because my husband objected to their sexual orientation, and I did not want to defy him."
On January 30, 2004, however, the court ruled that the works that Jack Smith left behind at death, did, indeed, belong to Smith's sister and not The Plaster Foundation despite the effort that the Foundation made to archive the material.
The full article by C. Carr is here.
RICHARD HAMILTON AT YALE
The Richard Hamilton exhibition of prints and multiples at the Yale Center for British Art continues until May 24, 2004.
Hamilton's works are often considered as some of the earliest expressions of the Pop ethos that Warhol's name became synonomous with in the sixties. In 1957, five years before Warhol's first soup can, Hamilton defined "Pop" as "Popular (designed for a mass audience); Transient (short-term solution); Expendable (easily forgotten); Low Cost; Mass Produced; Young (aimed at Youth); Witty; Sexy; Gimmicky; Glamorous; and Big Business."
Hamilton, now 81 years old, personally selected more than 150 works of art for the exhibition ranging from his first attempts at drypoint in 1939 to his current work with digital media.
Full details about the exhibit are here.
ART IS LIFE
Audrey Regan of Audart fame, has started a new website to archive the gallery's shows, including the Ten Years After: The Warhol Factory exhibit by the Artists of the Warhol Circle which took place at Audart, 60 Broad Street, New York City from February 7, 1997 to March 30, 1997. Her new website, which includes the work of Gerard Malanga, Billy Name, Paul Warhola and Allen Midgette is here.
Ms. Regan also edits an excellent online arts journal here.
Jack Berman: "Gallery is not the right word to describe Audart. It was a huge ticking clock, being tended by people with a tremendous sense of mission. The place had a pulse of its own. It was addictive."
FILMS AND FLOWERS AT THE WARHOL MUSEUM
The Andy Warhol Museum will begin celebrating its ten year anniversary this year with an exhibition titled Flowers Observed, Flowers Transformed from May 16 through September 5, 2004. It will include works by Claude Monet, Takashi Murakami, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ross Bleckner and Alex Katz in addition to Andy Warhol of course. The Museum opened to the public on Saturday, May 14, 1994, attracting a huge crowd that was estimated to be up to 10,000 people or more.
The Museum is also showing some interesting Warhol films this month (April, 2004) including a few that are among my personal favorites: Paul Swan, Screen Test No. 2 (with Mario Montez) and Sunset (with Nico's voice off-screen). They will also be showing Warhol's 'anti-war' film, Nude Restaurant, with Viva, Taylor Mead and Julian Burroughs. A brief description of Nude Restaurant appears in the new addition to my condensed section, here.