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September 2017 - March 2018

JOHN WILCOCK: The East Village Other's Nasty Review of Andy Warhol's Chelsea Girls

Andy Warhol and John Wilcock

The latest instalment of John Wilcock's New York Years

BoingBoing continues its series based on an ongoing interview with John Wilcock. Wilcock was listed on the first issue of Interview magazine as one of its editors, along with Andy Warhol, Gerard Malanga and Paul Morrissey.

Sotheby's to sponsor star-studded opening dinner for Andy Warhol retrospective at the Whitney

Sotheby's auction house will be sponsoring the star-studded opening dinner for the Andy Warhol retrospective at the Whitney Museum in New York. "Andy Warhol - From A to B - and Back Again" will run from November 12, 2018 to March 31, 2019. The dinner is expected to be one of the year's most glamorous events in New York with art stars rubbing shoulders with celebrities from Hollywood and Broadway, along with the odd politician - more of a red carpet event than the usual exhibition opening.

Coffeehouse Chronicles #146: Mario Montez Tribute

Mario Montez salute

Mario Montez (Courtesy of Berlin Film Festival)/BlouinArtInfo

There will be a tribute to Mario Montez at La Mama on March 24, 2018 moderated by Conrad Ventur with panelists Bibbe Hansen, Brian Belovitch, Joe E. Jeffreys, Tom Kalin, Agosto Machado & Lola Pashalinski. Andy Warhol's film, Mario Banana I will be shown, along with interlude appearances by Lady Quesa’Dilla and Carmelita Tropicana. Also includes a video tribute by Samuel R. Delany and clips by John Heys, Hélio Oiticica, José Rodríguez-Soltero, Jack Smith, and others.

Free admission but you should reserve in advance here.

Marking Time exhibition catalogue

Marking Time Andy Warhol

Marking Time: Andy Warhol's Vision of Celebrations, Commemorations and Anniversaries

The exhibition catalogue for the "Marking Time" exhibition at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art has now been published and can be purchased on the SUNY Press website.

The publication is edited by Reva Wolf who also curated the show which is part of the Warhol x 5 series of exhibitions (see below). The exhibition runs from February 10, 2018 to July 15, 2018 in the Sara Bedrick gallery of the Dorsky. Details about the show here.

Warhol Foundation helps fund new skate school in Cambodia

The Warhol Foundation has helped to fund the launch of a Skateistan skate school in Phnom Penh through the sale of Warhol skate decks (scroll down). The Skate School officially opened on February 23, 2018. Details in Transworld Skateboarding. A video on Skateistan's worldwide activities in Cambodia, Afghanistan and other countries can be watched on You Tube by clicking on the video below:


click on image to watch Land of Skate

Reminder: Gerard Malanga and Anastasia James at the Dorsky: Saturday February 17, 2018

Reading & Conversation: Poet, photographer, and Warhol Factory collaborator Gerard Malanga reads his poetry and excerpts from his unpublished memoir followed by conversation with Dorsky Curator Anastasia James. 3:00 PM. Details here.

Blake Gopnik on Andy Warhol and The Beast in Me

andy warhol The beast in me

Left: Front cover of the Playbill program for The Beast in Me, Right: A thanks to Andy Warhol in the program credits

Warhol biographer, Blake Gopnik, has written a piece on Andy Warhol and James Thurber and Warhol's contribution to a Broadway musical based on the work of the cartoonist which featured TV and stage star, Kaye Ballard, TV game show supremo Burt Convy and Warhol's object of desire, the dancer John Butler in the cast. Although the costume design was credited to Leo Van Witsen in the program, there was a special thanks to Andy Warhol at the end of the credits acknowledging Warhol's "costume concept."

More info. on Gopnik's website, warholiana.com. (Also, check out the archive section for some interesting Warhol tidbits.)

Mary Woronov exhibition opens in L.A.

mary woronov and victor p. corona

Mary Woronov and author Victor P. Corona

The exhibition of Mary Woronov's art which opened at Alias Books in L.A. on February 9th (see below) was "packed" - as one site user described it. Victor P. Corona, author of Night Class, was also there and is pictured above with the superstar.

After the Wall by Melba LaRose - the original Nola Noonan - previews at Howl! Happening on February 23rd

A preview of a new play by Melba LaRose, After the Wall, will take place at Howl! Happening on February 23rd. The play is described as a "multicultural, multidimensional, multidisciplinary, multimedia" production. Melba has a considerable background in Off-Off Broadway, including appearing as the original Nola Noonan in Jackie Curtis' play, Glamour, Glory and Gold. Cast includes: Tinuke Adetunji, Colette Ambo, Carmela Davis, Michelangelo Del Rosario, Olya Grynko, Evangeline Ramos, and Krystal KC Wilson. The play premieres at Synerfest in Valencia, Spain in the autumn. Details here.

Calvin Klein appropriates Warhol's Silver Clouds

Andy Warhol Silver Clouds

One of Calvin Klein's Silver Clouds featuring an image of Warhol's Electric Chair (Warhol's original Silver Clouds did not feature images of his paintings of course.) (Paintings That Float: Warhol’s ‘Silver Clouds,’ Revisited’ featuring artwork by Andy Warhol ©/®/™ The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Little Electric Chair, 1964-1965) (Photograph By Alex Hodor-Lee)

Calvin Klein's collaboration with the Warhol Foundation continues. In addition to putting images from Warhol's Kiss films on their underwear(see below), they are now using his Silver Clouds installation in their newly designed flagship store as part of their shop display. Details and pictures in The Cut.

Warhol's Silver Clouds (sometimes referred to as Silver Pillows) are explored in Thomas Morgan Evans' book 3-D Warhol: Andy Warhol and Sculpture.

Andy Warhol skateboard exhibition at Lumas Singapore

Andy Warhol skateboards

Lumas Singapore is teaming up with The Skateroom to present a selection of skateboard decks featuring Warhol paintings along with a selection of Basquiat decks. Runs February 8 - 20th. The Skateroom also includes collaborations with images by Ai Weiwei, Grayson Perry and Robert Rauschenberg.

For more about Andy Warhol's Campbell Soup Cans series see "The Origin of Andy Warhol's Soup Cans or The Synthesis of Nothingness."

Baby Jane Holzer on Calvin Klein underwear

Calvin Klein Kiss

An image of Warhol superstar, model, property magnate and movie producer, Jane Holzer, known as "Baby Jane Holzer" during her Warhol days, is now gracing the the backside of Calvin Klein men's underwear. In addition to appearing in numerous Warhol films, Holzer, like her father, is also a property investor and has also been one of the producers of several films including Kiss of the Spider Woman and Spring Breakers. The image is from Holzer's Kiss footage, filmed by Andy Warhol. Another pair of trunks features a Kiss image of Rufus Collins.

Everybody's Alone in L.A.

An exhibition of new paintings by Warhol superstar Mary Woronov, "Everybody's Alone," opens on February 9, 2018 at Alias Books East in Los Angeles, 7 - 9 pm at 3163 Glendale Blvd, tel: (323) 661 9000.

Adman to open at The Andy Warhol Museum on April 27 2018

"Adman: Warhol before Pop" opens at The Warhol Museum on April 27, 2018 and continues until September 2, 2018. The exhibition was previously at the Art Gallery of New South Wales February 25, 2017 to May 28, 2017. The exhibition catalogue includes essays by Blake Gopnik,‎ Brett Littman,‎ Matt Wrbican,‎ Nina Schleif,‎ Thomas Sokolowski and Ellen Lupton.

On April 28th at The Warhol Museum, there will be presentation in conjunction with the exhibition featuring Anthony E. Grudin reading from his book, Warhol’s Working Class: Pop Art and Egalitarianism followed by a Q & A moderated by Warhol biographer Blake Gopnik. A 1950s style cocktail party will take place on July 13th with cocktails by the Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (LUPEC) in honor of Warhol's mother.

Another good source about Warhol's Pre-Pop career is the catalogue to the Grey Gallery's 1989 exhibition, "Success Is a Job in New York: The Early Art and Business of Andy Warhol," curated by Donna De Salvo.

See also: Andy Warhol Pre-Pop and Andy Warhol: from Nowhere to Up There.

Polygram and Verve give the final go-ahead to Todd Haynes' documentary on The Velvet Underground

Todd Haynes, the director of Safe starring Julianne Moore, has been given the final go-ahead by Polygram and Verve to direct a new documentary on The Velvet Underground which will be produced by Christine Vachon who also produced I Shot Andy Warhol.

Gerard Malanga and Reva Wolf at Marking Time exhibition

Gerard Malanga and Reva Wolf will be joined in conversation with Anastasia James in a special event held in conjunction with the "Marking Time: Andy Warhol’s Vision of Celebrations, Commemorations, and Anniversaries" exhibition at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art on February 17, 2018. The exhibition, curated by Reva Wolf, opens on February 10 and runs until July 15, 2018. Wolf is the author of Andy Warhol, Poetry, and Gossip in the 1960s. Other events include a talk by Wolf on March 14 and a family day on May 13. Part of the 'Warhol x 5" series of exhibitions (see below).

Magnus Linklater, CBE defends Anthony d'Offay in The Times

Magnus Linklater, CBE, has defended the 78 year old art collector, Anthony d'Offay, in The Times in regard to the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) and the Tate in London suspending contact with d'Offay as a result of allegations made in the press about him. (See below.) Three claims of sexual harassment were made in The Guardian and The Observer. One woman said that he held her round the waist "very close to my bum" and kissed her neck. A second woman believes that he was masturbating while talking to her on the phone. A third woman says that he spoke to her "inappropriately" in front of other people. It is doubtful that any of these actions would be considered "crimes" by the Crown Prosecution Service and none of the woman have reported Mr. d'Offay to the police for sexual harassment.

As Mr. Linklater states in his article, "Effectively they [the Tate and the NGS] have ended his career." Linklater continues by noting that the institutions "... are making a judgment. By suspending him they have condemned him. They could, and should, have made the briefest of statements, to the effect that they awaited the outcome of any police investigation before taking any other action; that they intended to go on solid evidence rather than second-hand rumour."

It is unknown whether Mr. d'Offay plans on taking legal action against the two institutions, given the damage it has done to his reputation and that the institutions acted on the basis of unproven accusations rather than police reports.

People are Beautiful screens Lupe and Blow Job

Two Andy Warhol films, Lupe and Blow Job will be screened on March 29, 2018 as part of the events scheduled in conjunction with the "People Are Beautiful: Prints, Photographs, and Films by Andy Warhol" exhibition that opened at The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center on January 26 and runs until April 15, 2018. Other events include a keynote address by Warhol biographer Blake Gopnick on April 12, 2018.

Details here.

Philip Pearlstein at the Saatchi Gallery

An exhibition of recent work by Philip Pearlstein opened on Wednesday, 17 January, 2018 at the Saatchi Gallery in London and continues until 25 March 2018. An interview with Pearlstein can be found in the Spectator. Pearlstein was Warhol's first flatmate, went to college with him and accompanied him on exploratory trips to New York prior to moving there. Warhol first met Tina Fredericks on one of those exploratory trips, prior to moving to New York. Although Fredericks has been quoted as though she commissioned him for one of his first jobs after he arrived in New York, Warhol claimed that he had actually first approached her on one of his exploratory trips with Philip:

Andy Warhol:

I went to Carnegie Tech. Phillip Pearlstein was going to New York during a semester break, so I took a shopping bag and we took a bus. We took our portfolios and showed them around New York to see if we could get jobs. The lady from Glamour, Tina Fredericks, said that when I got out of school she'd give me a job. So I got out and came back. That was my first job. (KG235)

More about Pearlstein and Warhol here (including reproductions of the paintings by Pearlstein that appeared in Life magazine when Pearlstein was still a student).

Claire Henry, Anastasia James, Blake Gopnik and Sheelagh Bevan

Claire Henry, Anastasia James, Blake Gopnik and Sheelagh Bevan will be speaking at the symposium, Displaying Warhol: Exhibition as Interpretation, to be held April 12-13, 2018 at Vassar College and at SUNY New Paltz. 

Claire Henry is currently putting the finishing touches on the forthcoming volumes of the Andy Warhol Film cat. rais.; Anastasia James has curated or assisted on both Warhol and Ray Johnson exhibitions and is the co-editor of Billy Name: The Silver Age and Brigid Berlin Polaroids; Blake Gopnik is the author of a soon to be published biography of Andy Warhol; and Sheelagh Bevan presented The Warhol Museum's "Andy Warhol by the Book" exhibition at the Morgan Library.

The symposium is part of the Warhol x 5 series of exhibitions, which begins with 'Marking Time," curated by Reva Wolf (author of Andy Warhol, Poetry and Gossip in the 1960s and the editor of the exhibition's catalogue.) (See below.)

Details on the SUNY New Paltz site.

Anthony d'Offay denies sex allegations over Andy Warhol exhibition

The Guardian newspaper is running a story that the art dealer Anthony d'Offay "is facing allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour from three women with whom he has worked." According to the Guardian, One woman claims he offered a Warhol show to her, previously having "lunged at" her with "his mouth wide open," before she pushed him back shouting, "No, Anthony, absolutely no!"

D'Offay has issued a statement: "I am appalled these allegations are being levelled against me and I categorically deny the claims being made. I am completely unaware of any police investigation. If there is one, then police time is being wasted."

None of the women have been named, although a Met Police spokesman confirmed to the Guardian that they received one allegation of "malicious communications" on Wednesday 20 December. One of the examples given of the alleged sexual harassment is d'Offay sending one of the women a birthday card described as "a rare postcard" of a "drawing of a courtesan on a chaise lounge," with his birthday message, "Happy birthday. This reminds me of you." (Is that a compliment or harassment? If a woman had sent a similar card featuring a rare drawing of a masculine image to a man, would the male recipient have felt harassed? Should different rules apply to people on the basis of their gender?)

Four days ago French icon Catherine Deneuve was one of 100 signatories on a letter criticising the "witch-hunt" that has grown out of the Weinstein scandal that is now spreading to other industries. There have been many "allegations" of sexual harassment, but how many actual legal charges have been brought?

Deneuve's letter states:

Rape is a crime. But trying to pick up someone, however persistently or clumsily, is not — nor is gallantry an attack of machismo.

The Harvey Weinstein scandal sparked a legitimate awakening about the sexual violence that women are subjected to, particularly in their professional lives, where some men abuse their power. This was necessary. But what was supposed to liberate voices has now been turned on its head: We are being told what is proper to say and what we must stay silent about — and the women who refuse to fall into line are considered traitors, accomplices!

Just like in the good old witch-hunt days, what we are once again witnessing here is puritanism in the name of a so-called greater good, claiming to promote the liberation and protection of women, only to enslave them to a status of eternal victim and reduce them to defenceless preys of male chauvinist demons...

Deneuve later confirmed that "she stood by the statement" despite news agencies reporting otherwise. (One wonders what the new puritans would think of Serge Gainsbourg if he was still around today.)

Neither the police, nor the Guardian are claiming that any of the allegations against Mr. d'Offay constitute criminal behaviour on his part.

The Guardian article about D'Offay is here.

Warhol x 5

Five different Andy Warhol exhibitions will be taking place in 2018 at five different museums under the heading of "Warholx5." Events include a symposium on April 12 - 13, 2018 at SUNY New Paltz. The exhibitions are as follows:

Details on the SUNY New Paltz site.

Andy Warhol Drag and Draw: The Unknown Fifties

Andy Warhol drag and draw book

Nina Schleif's new book on Warhol's work of the fifties which focuses on his drawings of his friends in drag will be published in January 2018 under the title Andy Warhol Drag and Draw: The Unknown Fifties. Details on the Hirmer Publishers website.

More on the Warhol fifties on page 22 of "Andy Warhol: from Nowhere to Up There."

Merry Christmas from warholstars

Ant Hamlyn - Everything's alright

Everything's going to be alright, 2017

Artist: Ant Hamlyn (www.anthamlyn.co.uk)

(click on image to play)

The Chelsea Girls 2018

Andy Warhol's film The Chelsea Girls will be the subject of an upcoming book, published by D.A.P. and The Andy Warhol Museum. Edited by Geralyn Huxley and Greg Pierce, it will include an essay by Gus Van Sant (director of Drugstore Cowboy, To Die For, and Gerry.) Also includes contributions by Patrick Moore and Signe Warner Watson.

The book will include unpublished archival materials and will reproduce the alternation of sound between the left and right hand screens in a printed transcript. There will also be transcriptions of at least some of the unheard reels.

The book is due to be published on April 24, 2018. It is just one of the many Warhol related books that will be coming out next year prior to the opening of the Andy Warhol retrospective at the Whitney. (See Below).

More information on The Chelsea Girls:

Andy Warhol's The Chelsea Girls - 3 page essay

The Chelsea Girls by Susan Pile

The Chelsea Girls Condensed

The Chelsea Girls at Jonas Mekas' Cinematheque

The Chelsea Girls in L.A.

More on The Chelsea Girls here

Andy Warhol retrospective opens at the Whitney in November 2018

The Andy Warhol Retrospective, curated by Donna De Salvo, will take place at the Whitney from November 2018, with no end date yet established. The exhibition will then tour to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in spring 2019 and to the Art Institute of Chicago in the autumn 2019.

Anastasia James is appointed curator at SUNY New Paltz

Anastasia Rygle James

Anastasia James
(Photo: Michael Zagaris)

SUNY New Paltz and the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art have announced that Anastasia James will be the museum's new curator of exhibitions, beginning October 2, 2017.

James was the assistant curator for the "13 Most Wanted Men" exhibition at the Queens Museum and helped to produce the catalogue for the show which I highly recommend. It's definitely on my top ten list of Warhol exh. cats. A brochure about the show can still be found online here.

Anastasia was previously Anastasia Rygle but became Anastasia James after marrying Dagon James, who was the editor of Lid magazine and also edited, along with Anastasia, Billy Name: The Silver Age and Polaroids by Brigid Berlin. (They are also the proud parents of the world's cutest baby.)

The Dorsky Museum's announcement can be found here.

Michael Smith to publish Robert Heide's plays

Michael Smith will be publishing a collection of plays by Robert Heide this autumn. Heide was one of the Caffe Cino playwrights and wrote the play version of The Bed which inspired Warhol's film of the same name.

Village Voice ad (April 28, 1966) for Andy Warhol's Bed, "based on a play by Robert Heide."

An interview with Robert Heide recently appeared in The Brooklyn Rail. The website for Smith's publishing house, Fastbooks, is here.

John Ashbery dies

The poet John Ashbery died yesterday, Sunday, September 3, 2017. Ashbery's link to Andy Warhol and Gerard Malanga is well documented in Reva Wolf's book, Andy Warhol, Poetry, and Gossip in the 1960s (The University of Chicago Press, 1997). Besides being a prominent New York School poet, Ashbery also wrote prose, including an essay for the catalogue of the New Realists exhibition and an essay that was included in the catalogue for Warhol's first solo exhibition in Europe - the Death and Disaster series.

He is survived by his husband, David Kermani.

Obituaries can be found in The Guardian (UK) and The New York Times.

Larry Rivers at Tibor de Nagy

Jim Carroll by Larry Rivers

Jim Carroll Exposed, 1972
collage 40 1/4 x 30 1/4 inches

An exhibition of work by Larry Rivers, "(Re)Appropriations" opens at Tibor de Nagy on September 6, 2017 and continues until October 29, 2017. More than twenty paintings and sculptures by Rivers, from the mid-1950s to the late 1990s, will be on view. Details here.

Gerard Malanga film at CineInfinito

CineInfinito -  Gerard Malanga

Gerard Malanga's film, In Search of the Miraculous - inspired by Malanga's love for Bendetta Barzini - will be screened at CineInfinito #26 on September 7, 2017. Details here.

Gary Needham and Jean Wainwright to participate in Rise Gallery's Warhol event

According to the Croydon Guardian, Gary Needham and Jean Wainwright will be participating in what is referred to as "Warhol Croydon month" in the newspaper. According to the newspaper article, the month will include screenings of Warhol's "own iconic films." They do not indicate which Warhol films are going to be screened (for which, of course, permission would be required).

The event is being spearheaded by the Rise Gallery. The owner of the gallery, Kevin Zuchowski-Morrisson, will also be speaking at the event. He is described as "One of the world’s leading post-war pop art specialists" as well as a "philanthropist" and "social entrepreneur."

The Rise Gallery website currently lists ten Warhol prints, not paintings, on their website. It is unknown whether they are going to include any actual Warhol paintings in the exhibition. In their description of an Artist's Proof of the 1968 print, "Campbell's Soup I, Onion" (which is marked "sold"), they write "Warhol’s soup can portfolio was exhibited at the artist’s first solo show in the Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles. The prints were exhibited, resting on a mounted shelf as if in on display in a supermarket." This is incorrect. The Campbell's Soup Cans shown at the Ferus Gallery were paintings, not prints. They were a series of paintings, not a portfolio of prints. And, of course, the soup can prints the gallery is selling on their website were not among the paintings exhibited at the Ferus Gallery.

I am confused by at least one of their listings - the "After the Party" print. They do not list a print catalogue raisonné number for the work. There is a print with the same name listed in the print cat. rais., produced in an edition of 1,000 as it is also described on the gallery's website, but the size of the print is given in the cat. rais. as 54.6 cm by 77.5 cm. The size listed on the Rise Gallery's website is "94 x 71cm." In the print cat. rais. an image of the print is shown as signed and numbered in the lower right hand corner. In the Rise Gallery image, there appears to be a number in the lower right hand corner but not a signature although the work is described as "Signed by the artist." In the Rise Gallery description it does not indicate where the print is signed.

There are no specific dates for the promised film screenings or speakers listed on the Rise Gallery's website site yet.

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