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About Warholstars.org

James Curley at Interview party

L to r: Gary Comenas (with drink), James Breese (blonde) and James Curley at Interview party, the Ritz, December 1980 (Photographer: Andy Warhol) (Gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. to Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University) (Contact sheet no. 2014.41.452)

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This site is dedicated to the memory of the art writer and collector, William S. Wilson. (It has no connection to a wordpress site about Bill's writings.) For information about the origination of the site, see The Real World.

The site author can be contacted at: garycom.now@gmail.com.

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To use this site, click on contents and choose one of the sections or articles or use the search box that appears at the top of each page. To see the most recent news, click on the warholstars.org masthead above.

The sources for the information contained on the site are here.

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Accolades

"Compiled as a labor of love by Gary Comenas, a London-based arts commentator, warholstars is devoted primarily to documenting the life, times and legacy of Andy Warhol. Everything you ever wanted to know about Warhol--and much more! In addition, however, there's an extensive and painstaking chronology of Abstract Expressionism

Comenas has scoured the literature and put together a detailed, well-researched time line of developments in American modernism, the emergence of the New York School, and beyond." Helen Harrison, Stoney Brook University Libraries (Pollock - Krasner Collection)

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"I wish to thank Gary Comenas, who traces all of Duchamp's transatlantic voyages and their ships in his warholstars.org website; the research at his site overall substantially contributes to the history of Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism and their influences." Celia Rabinovitch, Duchamp's Pipe: A Chess Romance (Berkeley, North Atlantic Books, 2020)

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"... warholstars.org [is] a valuable resource for fans, scholars, and journalists. The site is run by Gary Comenas, an independent researcher in London who has meticulously documented key aspects of Warholia." Victor P. Corona, Night Class: A Downtown Memoir (New York: Soft Skull, 2017)

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"I want to thank Gary Comenas author of Warholstars.org for his assistance. Warholstars is really something special, an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Warhol and those around him. In correspondence with Gary, I have learnt a huge amount and, through his support for my project, he has gained my lasting affection." Thomas Morgan Evans, 3D Warhol: Andy Warhol and Sculpture (London: I.B. Tauris, 2017)

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"Gary Comenas of www.warholstars.org should be applauded. He has been an early influence, a dedicated curator and advocate for truth in all things Andy Warhol." Thomas Kiedrowski, Andy Warhol's New York City: Four Walks, Uptown to Downtown (NY: The Little Bookroom, 2011)

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"Although I've never met him, I must acknowledge Gary Comenas, creator of warholstars.org, a site I visited daily during my research. Gary's site could be the very best resource on Andy Warhol there is - either in print or on the web." Kenneth Goldsmith, I'll Be Your Mirror, The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews 1962 - 1987 (NY: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2004)

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The website has also been mentioned in the New York Times, the New York Post, the Daily Telegraph (London), the Daily Mail (London), The Atlantic, and numerous online art publications such as ArtInfo.

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To "A list of publications, documentaries and exhibitions that have cited warholstars.org or its author, Gary Comenas, as a source."

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Note: In some google searches, an item comes up from somebody named Andy Fields criticising Gary Comenas for a "scathing attack" on his "good nature."

There was no scathing attack. Mr. Fields claimed to have purchased a drawing which he said was by Andy Warhol in a garage sale in Las Vegas. Warhol's brother issued a statement through my site saying that the drawing was not by Andy Warhol. The Warhol scholar, Patrick Smith, also denied its authenticity. The Royal West of England Academy in Bristol also issued a statement saying that they did not "support any claims of authentication by the owner."

Andy Fields alleged that the drawing was on the back of a sketch by Gertrude Stein. The authenticity of that drawing was denied in a statement by Gertrude Stein expert Wanda Corn. Fields' father had previously been convicted of "conspiracy to obtain cash and property by deception" in an unrelated case.

 

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