A series of events celebrating the life of the dancer (and Warhol star) Fred Herko, organized by Herko biographer, Gerard Forde, will take place in New York to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the dancer's death in October. They will include a crash course on Herko by Forde and Marc Siegel, a Herko exhibition which will include films by Andy Warhol; a special event outside the apartment from which Herko jumped to his death; a staging of James Waring's play, Nights at the Tango Palace; a screening of Elaine Summers' film, Judson Fragments and a special interview with Billy Name at the New York Public Library. Not to be missed. Full details at: http://www.freddieherko.com.
The Hugo-Warhol Mannequin Sculptures?
A video has appeared on Vimeo of a collection of mannequins which a Vimeo user called "Warhol Mannequins" claims were sculptures done by Andy Warhol and Victor Hugo. There are no details of who the uploader, "Warhol Mannequins," is.
They quote Warhol's colleague Stuart Pivar as saying, "Andy was talking and thinking for a long time of his wish to create sculptures, and creating the painted mannequins was the art project that he and Victor Hugo began with Andy running down to Victor’s place almost every afternoon for a long time… This collaboration with Victor on the painted mannequins which I witnessed went on for a long time and Andy was happy and enthusiastic about them and, going back to the Factory, Andy was telling people how he thinks the mannequins are the greatest thing of art there ever was… Now, when I look at the painted mannequins I can see what Andy meant. Andy Warhol’s painted mannequins are extremely beautiful things.”
There a clip of Mr. Pivar in the video but he does not make the assertion that he witnessed Hugo and Andy working on the mannequins in the clip. He refers to the project as "like an art project." The visits to Hugo's place are not mentioned in the diaries, nor are the mannequins. There is no record of them being shown during Warhol's lifetime. Warhol's diary does mention painting during this period but not with Hugo and not on mannequins. In fact, many of the "painted mannequins" in the video appear to be unpainted.
The "sculptures" were previously shown at the Milk Gallery in 2007. At that time the Artnet listing described them as having been owned by Warhol and that they "may" have been a collaboration, but does not assert that they were a collaboration.
From Artnet News (dated "Sept. 13, 2006" although it refers to 2007 in text):
HUGO MANNEQUINS AT MILK
Caracas-born Victor Hugo (1948-1993) was known as one of the greatest window dressers of '70s and '80s New York - and as the life partner of fashion designer Halston - but it is his association with Andy Warhol that gets him his due at Milk Gallery at 450 W. 15th Street, Sept. 11-30, 2007. Catherine Alexander has organized a show of Hugo-dressed mannequins that were once in Warhol's collection, and may have been the result of a collaboration between the two men (Hugo was definitely in Andy's orbit - his urine was integral to Warhol's 'Oxidation Paintings.') According to the gallery, research into the exact nature of the mannequins' origin is ongoing. (http://www.artnet.com/magazineus/news/artnetnews/artnetnews9-13-07.asp)
It's unknown why the curator, Catherine Alexander, thought that these mannequins were once in Warhol's collection or how a claim could be made that they were a collaboration between Hugo and Warhol, just because Hugo and Warhol were friends. If Warhol had anything to do with these mannequins and meant them to be exhibited as works of art, he would have made them available during his lifetime.
London-based company MPC to help MoMA and The Warhol museum
to digitize previously unseen Warhol films
Paraphernalia by Andy Warhol
London-based company MPC is being utilized by MoMA and The Warhol museum to digitize what is being described on the BBC website as "hundreds of unseen Andy Warhol films." The BBC site also has the above picture from Paraphernalia which will be shown in October as part of the museum's 20th anniversary celebrations. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Some of the fruits of this project will be shown later this year when fifteen Warhol films that have never been seen by the public will premiere Oct. 17 at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. The event, “Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films,” will feature live musical performances by Tom Verlaine, Martin Rev, Dean Wareham, Eleanor Friedberger and Bradford Cox."
Details at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28800178 and http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/movies/2014/08/15/Oscar-winning-f...ill-digitize-500-films-made-by-Andy-Warhol/stories/201408150020.
New trailers for latest edition of Mary Woronov's Swimming Underground
Two new trailers for the latest edition of Mary Woronov's Swimming Underground - her account of her time at Andy Warhol's Factory - has been posted to You Tube. The two trailers are at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60NS2Uwshn0 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wElXXODz7s.
Fourth volume of the Warhol catalogue raisonne due in September 2014
The fourth volume of the Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonne covering paintings and sculpture from late 1974-1976 will be published in September 2014. I can't rate the previous volumes of the Warhol cat. rais. high enough. Cataloging Warhol's prodigious output in a clear and concise manner is a major achievement. Given that both Sally King-Nero and Neil Printz have edited the fourth volume, it is bound to be as exciting and informative as the previous volumes they worked on. If you want to know Andy Warhol, read the catalogue raisonné. In the process of cataloguing his work, the authors have also created one of the most dependable and well-researched biographies of the artist. Highly recommended. (Amazon is offering a 32% discount on pre-orders of the fourth volume here.)
Andy Warhol: The Complete Commissioned Magazine Work
to be published in October 2014
Andy Warhol: The Complete Commissioned Magazine Work will be published in October 2014. The author, Paul Marechal, has previously written Andy Warhol: The Complete Commissioned Posters 1964-1987 and the catalogue raisonné of album covers, Andy Warhol: The Record Covers 1949-1987.
Ray Johnson exhibition at MoMA
An exhibition of Ray Johnson's design work is being held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York from 2 July to 29 September 2014. The exhibition, organized by David Senior, "focuses on Johnson's early printed materials, especially his promotional flyers for his work as graphic designer and illustrator."
MoMA has placed a considerable selection of information and work from the exhibition in one of its interactive online spaces at: http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2014/rayjohnson/.
Ray Johnson design images from
the exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art
Viva exhibition in New York
The Thousand Islands Arts Center in Clayton, New York
The Thousand Islands Arts Center in Clayton, New York will be hosting an exhibition of paintings by Warhol star Viva (Hoffman) this summer. "Viva, Viva! Landscapes Seascapes, East to West." will run at the gallery from 31 July to 29 August 2014. Viva will be at the opening. Details at: http://www.tiartscenter.org/upcoming-exhibits-c80.php.
R.I.P. Ultra Violet
Holly Woodlawn auction
Gerard Malanga in Glasgow
Holly Woodlawn interview
Bike Boy and My Hustler
The Andy Warhol Museum in Slovakia
Opening Party for the Piero Heliczer show
Expanded Cinema Mach II
R.I.P. Rene Ricard
Whatever Happened to Naomi Levine?
William Burroughs' Son
Film Catalogue Raisonné Vol. 2
Joe Dallesandro and Holly Woodlawn
Lou Reed Remembered
Billie Ray Martin interviews Billy Name
The Velvet Underground
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