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A is for Archive by Matt Wrbican

September 19, 2018: A is for Archive, a new book by the Warhol Museum's chief archivist, Matt Wrbican, will be published by Yale University Press on March 26, 2019. It will feature highlights from the Warhol archive held at the Andy Warhol Museum organised alphabetically by topic i.e. "F" is for Fashion. The book is edited by Abigail Franzen-Sheehan and includes essays by Warhol biographer, Blake Gopnik and Neil Printz.

Whitney releases details of film screenings during Andy Warhol retrospective

September 18, 2018: The Whitney Museum in New York has released a schedule of Warhol films to be shown during the Warhol retrospective, "Andy Warhol - From A to B and Back Again."

The films will be screened on various days, beginning November 17, 2018. Films include Shoulder (1964), Jill and Freddy Dancing (1963), Jill Johnston Dancing (1964), an excerpt from Soap Opera (1964), Sleep (1963), Empire (1964), Kiss (1963), Eat (1964), Blow Job (1964), Me and Taylor (1963), Poor Little Rich Girl (1965), Henry in Bathroom (1963), Joe Jones (1963), Tiger Morse (Reel 14 of ****) (1966), Ari and Mario (1966), Henry Geldzahler (1964), The Life of Juanita Castro (1965), Since (1966), Camp (1965), Vinyl (1965), My Hustler (1965), Harlot (1964), Hedy (1966), Lupe (1965), Kenward Elmslie (1963), John Washing (1963), Alan Marlowe and Diane di Prima (1964), John and Ivy (1965), and Outer and Inner Space (1965).

There will also be a considerable number of Screen Tests shown, including Freddy Herko, Lucinda Childs, Jane Holzer (Toothbrush), Lou Reed (Hershey) and Nico (Coke).

Ralph Pomeroy

September 18, 2018: I have added to the site an interview of Mark Rothko's assistant, Roy Edwards, by Ralph Pomeroy who wrote the text for Andy Warhol's portfolio, À la recherche du shoe perdu (c.1955).

Andy Warhol: Subject and Seriality at the Neuberger

Collection Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York; Gift of Sarah-Anne and Werner H. Kramarsky, 1983.02.01.03 Publisher: Printed by Fine Creations, Inc., New York, Published by Tanglewood Press, Inc., New York

September 16, 2018: The final exhibition of the Warhol x 5 series, "Andy Warhol: Subject and Seriality," will take place at the Neuberger Museum of Art from July 22 – December 23, 2018. Seriality is essential to understanding Warhol's works. The show at the Neuberger includes more than 40 works from the '60s to the '80s, some of which haven't been exhibited previously. Includes images of Jackie Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Jaspers Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Roy Lichtenstein.

Good-bye John Wilcock

John Wilcock's Other Scenes

Andy Warhol's Tub Girls on the front cover of the second issue of "John Wilcock's Other Scenes"

September 15, 2018: John Wilcock, one of the founding editors of the Village Voice, John Wilcock's Other Scenes, and Interview magazine died on Thursday September 13, 2018 at a care centre in Ojai California, after a series of strokes. Wilcock was a proponent of marijuana and psychiadelics and recounts his esperiences with Timothy Leary in his fascinating book Manhattan Memories which details the growth of Greenwich Village from the 50s to the 60s and beyond, and includes many celebrities he met at the time - Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Karen Black ("we spent the afternoon taling and toking I can't remember a word of it"), Judy Collins, Yoko Ono and Mary Travis from Peter Paul and Mary.

Wilcock had first met Timothy Leary in Mexico at a dinner part in Cuernavaca and that meeting eventually led him to trying psychedelics under the supervision of Leary. Wilcock was the coordinator of the Underground Press Syndicate but also worked for the mainstream press such as the New York Times. He also wrote Frommers' $5 dollar a day budget travel guides to Mexico, Greece, Japan, India and California. Although a care fund had been started for him on Go Fund Me, he died before it reached it's goal.

After moving to Ojai, California he did a regular column, "the column of lasting insignificance for the website,"on his website and in The Ojai Orange. His last column was July 7, 2018. Wilcock was a true stalwart of the underground press during the '60s and '70s and spent much of his life afterwards as a proponent of the legalization of marijuana. He lived to be 91 years old.

Obituaries in The Yorkshire Post, The New York Times and It's All Journalism (which also includes a podcast interview of Wilcock).

Film Culture 80 Launch with Jonas Mekas and Marc Siegel

Film Culture 80

September 12, 2018: The launch of Film Culture 80: The Legend of Barbara Rubin will take place at Printed Matter in New York, 231 11th Avenue, on September 15, 2018 from 5-7 pm. The evening will include a conversation with Jonas Mekas and project editor Marc Siegel who was one of the organisers of the Live Film! Jack Smith! event in Berlin in 2009. Rubin was the filmmaker who filmed Andy Warhol at the annual banquet of the New York Society for Clinical Psychiatry and also filmed the Velvet Underground at the Cafe Bizarre. She also came up with the idea for Andy Warhol's film, The Closet, which was included in one of the versions of The Chelsea Girls.

Jonas Mekas

September 5, 2018: Jonas Mekas is going to be the guest of honour at this year's Reykjavik International Film Festival which runs from September 27 to October 7, 2018.

Interview is back

August 31, 2018: Artnet has announced that Interview magazine is returning in September - see "‘Interview’ Magazine Will Relaunch in September After Peter Brant Essentially Repurchased It From Himself."

Andy Warhol's 90th birthday reviewed in the New Yorker

August 22, 2018: An interesting article on the celebration of Andy Warhol's 90th birthday at the Whitney Museum, appears in the August 27th print version of the New Yorker magazine. Donna De Salvo, the curator of the upcoming retrospective at the Whitney, "Andy Warhol - From A to B and Back Again" (November 12, 2018 - March 31, 2019), is quoted as saying "... we cannot sell wigs in the bookstore. I’m too invested in moving beyond the myth" when a guest in a Warhol wig is spotted. Moving beyond the myth is what people like Callie Angell and other scholars have tried to do for ages and it's reassuring that DeSalvo is continuing the effort. Warhol, the artist, is emphasised over Warhol, the media personality. Although the layout of the show remains a mystery, descriptions that I have seen give the impression that Warhol's work will be arranged largely chronologically (as it should be) with the films shown on loops as part of the "art."

"Warhol 1968" opens in September 2018 at the Moderna Museet - but what about that "fifteen minutes" quote that appeared in the original exhibition catalogue?

Andy Warhol with Brillo Boxes Stockholm

Andy Warhol Photo: Lasse Olsson/Pressens bild

August 7, 2018: The exhibition "Warhol 1968" revisits Warhol's first solo exhibition which took place at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. The exhibition catalogue contained the first known instance of Warhol's "world-famous for 15 minutes" quote which is usually misquoted and may never have been said by the artist originally. In the original catalogue, the quote appears randomly on a page and not within an interview. There is no indication of when or where Warhol allegedly said it. Warhol biographer Blake Gopnik notes:

In a little reminiscence published in 2007, the Swedish art critic and curator Ole Granath recalled having been an assistant on Warhol’s first retrospective, held in Stockholm in early 1968. The show’s curator, the famous (and famously slippery) Pontus Hulten, had told him to include “In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes” in the catalog’s compendium of Warhol quotes – even though Granath hadn’t found any trace of it in his research. “If he didn’t say it, he very well could have. Let’s put it in,” said Hulten. So Andy’s phrase was actually Hulten’s – not so surprising, given that Hulten later faked some Warhol Brillo boxes. [Blake Gopnik, "'In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes' - Andy Warhol (or very possibly not)," Warholiania.com (accessed 7 August 2018)]

Blake also notes that Anthony Grudin's book, Warhol’s Working Class, mentions an article about Henry Geldzahler which quotes Warhol as saying "There’s going to be a day when no one will be famous for more than a week. Then everyone will have a chance to be famous.” But that's a far cry from the 15 minutes quote which appeared three years later in the Stockholm catalogue. The footnoted reference in Grudin's book is Frances FitzGerald, "What's New, Henry Geldzahler, What's New?" New York Herald Tribune, November 21, 1965, 15.

"Warhol 1968" opens on September 15, 2018 and runs until February 17, 2019. Details on the Moderna Museet website.

Andy Warhol's Shadows at Calvin Klein - including a talk by Donna De Salvo

August 6, 2018: A licensing agreement between Calvin Klein and the Andy Warhol Foundation was announced previously on this site with stills from Warhol's films printed on Calvin Klein underwear. The clothing and accessories range featuring Warhol imagery has expanded since then, although if you go to Calvin Klein's website in the U.K., you can get some of the Warhol gear for a 50 - 70% discount, including the Kiss trunks.

The line between business and art will become further blurred this autumn when Andy Warhol's Shadows will be exhibited on the ground floor of the Calvin Klein headquarters in New York at 205 West 39th Street. The Shadows exhibition will run from October 26 to December 15, 2018 and will include a talk by Donna De Salvo, the curator for the upcoming Warhol retrospective, "Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again." at the Whitney Museum which will run from November 12, 2018 until March 31, 2019.

Andy Warhol's Sex Parts, Piss, Oxidation and Cum paintings included in volume 5 of the Warhol catalogue raisonne

andy warhol catalogue raisonne

Two volume set of volume 5 of the Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonne

August 5, 2018: Volume 5 of the Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonne will be published next month (September 2018) by Phaidon in a two volume slipcase. Includes the Sex Parts, OxidationPiss, and Cum paintings. Editors Neil Printz and Sally King-Nero continue to produce what must be the most thorough and informative cat. rais. on any single artist in existence. Given Warhol's prodigious output, it is an amazing achievement. (Isn't it about time that a cat. rais. won a nonfiction or special award from the Pulitzer Prize Board?) If you want to know about the life of Andy Warhol, read the cat. rais. It's not just about paintings. Includes 1,497 illustrations. (When you get to the publisher's website, click on the image for a slide show of some of the pages.) Highly recommended.

Andy Warhol Publisher

Andy Warhol Publisher

Front cover of Andy Warhol Publisher

August 4, 2018: Andy Warhol Publisher will be published in October 2018 by the University of Chicago Press - table of contents and details on publisher's page. Written by Lucy Mulroney who also contributed to Reading Warhol.

Andy Warhol's 90th Birthday at the Whitney

July 28, 2018: The New York Post is reporting that the Whitney Museum will be holding a party for Andy Warhol's 90th birthday. If Warhol had survived the after-effects of his gall bladder operation in 1987, he would have been 90 on August 6, 2018. Apparently, there will be an opportunity to have Warhol quotes screened on canvas bags at the event. Given that Warhol didn't actually say many of the famous quotes that are attributed to him, it will be interesting to see what they consider to be a Warhol quote.

Open Call for Research Fellowship in Berlin

July 27, 2018: Kunst-Werke Berlin e. V. / KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Volkswagen Group are collaborating on their first joint venture in the form of an open call for applications for a two year VW Research Fellowship.

Kunst-Werke Berlin e. V. / KW Institute for Contemporary Art focuses on the production, presentation and promotion of contemporary art. In 2004, the Institute presented "Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures" (May 9 - August 8, 2004) with an exhibition catalogue that included essays by Callie Angell, Mary Lew Bandy and others.

The research fellow will receive a monthly fee of €2,500 (gross) over a period of 24 months with the option of a one-year extension. A work desk will be available at KW and the fellow will have access to KW’s infrastructure and network. The fellowship is aimed at graduates in art history, archive studies, library science or related faculties.

Applications should be submitted as a PDF (max. 10 MB) by email to Constanze Arendt at ca@kw-berlin.de by September 3, 2018. The application should be accompanied by a brief resume, a detailed letter of application and appropriate references.

Eric Shiner leaves Sotheby's after less than two years to work in the White Cube's New York offices

July 26, 2018: Eric Shiner has joined the White Cube in their new offices on the third floor of 699 Madison Avenue, near East 62nd Street. They are thought to be opening a gallery space in the city. Shiner was the director of the Andy Warhol Museum until he joined Sotheby's in 2016.

The White Cube is owned by Jay Jopling, the son of a Conservative MP, who championed the work of the YBAs at the original White Cube gallery in the East End of London, contributing to the controversial gentrification of the area. Although the gallery still handles some YBA's such as Tracey Emin, they lost the truly creative Chapman Brothers to Blain Southern a few years ago.

Bibbe Hansen at the opening of the"Younger Than Today" Warhol exhibition

Bibbe Hansen and Corinna Ripps Schaming

L to R: "Younger Than Today" curator, Corinna Ripps Schaming, with Warhol star Bibbe Hansen (Photo: Reva Wolf)

July 2, 2018: "Younger Than Today: Photographs of Children (and sometimes their mothers) by Andy Warhol" opened at the University Art Museum at the University of Albany on June 29, 2018 and continues until September 15, 2018. The exhibition is part of the "Warhol x 5" series of exhibitions. Warhol star Bibbe Hansen was at the opening and is pictured above with the curator, Corinna Ripps Schaming.

"Contact Warhol" opens in September

Contact Warhol at the Cantor Arts Center

Andy Warhol (U.S.A., 1928– 1987), Detail from Contact Sheet [Photo shoot with Andy Warhol with shadow], 1986. Gelatin silver print. Gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., 2014.43.2893

June 21, 2018: "Contact Warhol: Photography Without End" opens at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University on September 29, 2018 and continues until January 6, 2019. An exhibition catalogue will by published by MIT Press in October 2018. Edited by Peggy Phelan and Richard Meyer.

Studio 54 documentary

June 19, 2018: There is a review of the new Studio 54 documentary in the Guardian, here.

Is Interview back?

June 18, 2018: Interview magazine is allegedly going to be relaunched in about three weeks time. See "The Great Interview Magazine Caper" in "Business of Fashion."

Cummer presents an evening of Bob Colacello on Andy Warhol

Bob Colacello talks about Andy Warhol at the Cummer museum

June 14, 2018: Bob Colacello will be speaking at the Cummer Museum about his excellent, gossipy account of his years working for Warhol - Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up - on July 19, 2018 from 6:30 - 8:30. Tickets $30-40. Venue details: 829 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL,  904.899.6026.

Jean-Michel Basquiat at Louis Vuitton

June 13, 2018: An exhibition of works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, including collaborative work with Andy Warhol, will open at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris on October 3, 2018 and run until January 14, 2019.

That Summer DVD to be released in Europe on July 16, 2018

That Summer at Grey Gardens with Andy Warhol

June 12, 2018: That Summer, the documentary on the Beales of Grey Gardens, featuring Lee Radziwill and Andy Warhol in addition to Big and Little Edie, of course, will be released on DVD on July 16, 2018 for £9.99. Order from the Dogwoof store.

Why can't Interview become a website?

May 26, 2018: As most readers of this site will already know, Interview magazine has folded. What I couldn't understand is why it was not being kept as website, as other magazines have done. Then I read some of the reasons for its downfall in the Observer:

1. "Former editorial director Fabien Baron sued the magazine for $600,000... But Baron now claims the company stiffed him on over $500,000 in invoices over the last three years. Interview also allegedly owes his stylist wife Ludivine Poiblanc $66,000."

2. "Former associate publisher Jane Katz also claims Interview owes her unpaid wages to the tune of $230,000. Katz further said she was unjustly fired."

3. "Former Interview president Dan Ragone says the magazine owes him $170,000."

4. "Deborah Blasucci—who worked in various capacities at Interview for 30 years—sued company leadership in February. She claimed she was fired because she made too much money."

5. "Three women have also accused creative director Karl Templer of “overstepping the professional line,” a charge he vehemently denies."

Presumably, keeping the magazine as a website would still make it legally liable in regard to the same problems. It's sad to see it go. At one point Interview epitomized New York when New York seemed like the centre of the universe - ruled over by Andy Warhol. Nowadays, I'm not even sure that New York matters anymore. With Trump as president, does the U.S. matter anymore? A lot of the NY cultural greats who were featured in Interview (Warhol, Vreeland, Capote etc...) are long gone and haven't been replaced by anyone as interesting. (Does the Kardashian generation even know who these people are?) When the underground is so quickly absorbed by the overground, is anything cutting edge anymore? When was the last time that you actually read a copy of Interview? Pop heralded an artistic revolution, just as Abstract Expressionism had done before it. Are the days of artistic revolutions over? Is Glamour, like Art, dead? R.I.P. Interview. (And let's hope the upcoming Warhol retrospective is good.)

"The Chelsea Girls Exploded" at the Museum of Modern Art

Andy Warhol's The Chelsea Girls

"Eric Background: Toby Short (1966)" from the book, Andy Warhol's Chelsea Girls (DAP/The Andy Warhol Museum, 2018)

An exhibition and screenings of films from Andy Warhol's film, The Chelsea Girls, will take place at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on May 4 - 13, 2018. Both Randy Bourscheidt will be there in person and it will also include ten premieres of Warhol films including two special 16mm screenings of The Chelsea Girls. Absolutely, not to be missed. Details on the MOMA website here.

The exhibition is in conjunction with the excellent, recently published book on Andy Warhol's film, The Chelsea Girls, which includes a script, photos and most importantly, a section on the films within the film as well as a good selection of reviews and short bios - including a mention of "Archie" with his last name spelled "Reikerhove" or "Reikerhue." (If you knew Archie or are Archie, contact me at garycom.now@gmail.com.)

The section on the films within the films by Greg Pierce clears up a lot of mysteries and explains film segments that were mentioned in the ad for the premiere of the film in the Village Voice:

Andy Warhol's Chelsea Girls premiere

L: Village Voice ad, 15 September 1966, announcing premiere of The Chelsea Girls at the Cinematheque when it was at the 41st Theatre/R: Village Voice ad, 22 September 1966, holding the film over for an additional week after it opened - the room numbers were fake and the order of the advertised film segments changed between the first and second week.

Both the book and the exhibition are highly recommended.

Charles Rydell has died

Sadly, I must report that Charles Rydell died on March 24, 2018. His obituary, by Andrea Brown, can be found on the Jerome Foundation's website here. Mr. Rydell was the partner of Jerome Hill and together they became part-owners of Interview magazine in 1970 although their shares were sold to Peter Brant and Joe Allen the following year.

Rydell is mentioned in Popism as Warhol's first choice for the film Blow Job but Rydell failed to show up for the shoot, thinking that Warhol was joking about the premise of the film. He also appeared in the video, Fight, with Brigid Berlin and in the video diaries. - see "Jerome Hill and Charles Rydell."

Andy Warhol retrospective catalogue to include Trevor Fairbrother, Branden W. Joseph, Barbara Kruger and Lynne Tillman

andy warhol retrospective catalogue front cover

Front cover of the exhibition catalogue for the Andy Warhol retrospective, Andy Warhol - From A to B and Back Again

The exhibition catalogue for the Andy Warhol retrospective, "Andy Warhol - From A to B and Back Again," will feature contributions by its editor and the show's curator Donna De Salvo, as well as Jessica Beck, Okwui Enwezor, Trevor Fairbrother, Hendrik Folkerts, Branden W. Joseph, Barbara Kruger, Glenn Ligon, Michael Sanchez and Lynne Tillman. The 384 page catalogue will include 350 colour illustrations and 50 black and white. The exhibition will run at the Whitney from November 12, 2018 to March 31, 2019.

In regard to the contributors:

Jessica Beck is the Milton Fine Curator of Art at The Andy Warhol Museum and was educated at the Courtauld Institute here in London.

Okwui Enwezor was the director of the 56th Venice Biennale and wrote about Warhol in relation to China's lack of "pop" during the pop art era in his essay "Modernity and Postcolonial Ambivalence."

Trevor Fairbrother has written about Warhol in the past from a gay perspective including in the exhibition catalogue (ed. by De Salvo) for the Grey Gallery's pre-pop Warhol show, Success is a Job in New York... (curated by De Salvo)

Henrik Folkerts is the Dittmer Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago (does this mean the show will travel there after the Whitney?).

Branden W. Joseph wrote "The Play of Repetition: Andy Warhol's Sleep" which I quote in my essay "Notes on John Cage, Eric Satie's Vexations and Andy Warhol's Sleep."

Barbara Kruger and Glenn Ligon are artists.

Michael Sanchez is a lecturer at Columbia.

Lynne Tillman was the co-author with Stephen Shore of Velvet Years: Warhol's Factory 1965-1967.

Andy Warhol Symposium with Blake Gopnik and Reva Wolf

March 30, 2018: A two day symposium on exhibiting Andy Warhol's work, which will include a keynote address by Warhol biographer Blake Gopnik and participation by curator and Warhol scholar Reva Wolf, will take place on April 12 and 13, 2018 as below. (In conjunction with the "Warhol X 5" series of exhibitions.) Registration recommended here.

Thursday & Friday, April 12 & 13
Symposium: “Displaying Warhol: Exhibition as Interpretation” 
A two day symposium on the history and significance of approaches to exhibiting Andy Warhol’s work featuring a roster of distinguished art historians and curators.
(*Hosted by Vassar College and SUNY New Paltz)

Thursday, April 12, 6 pm
Keynote Address: Art Critic and Warhol biographer Blake Gopnik 
(*Taylor Hall, Room 102, Adjacent to Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College)

Friday April 13, 10 am – 12 pm
Morning Panel: "Warhol x 5 Collaboration Curators Discuss Their Approaches to Exhibiting Warhol’s Work"
Mary-Kay Lombino (Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College)
Reva Wolf (The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz)
Jacqueline Shilkoff (Neuberger Museum, SUNY Purchase)
Corinna Ripps Schaming (University Art Museum, University at Albany)
Alex Kitnick (Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College)
(*College Terrace, SUNY New Paltz)

Friday April 13, 2–4 pm
Afternoon Panel: "New Approaches to Exhibiting Warhol and his World"
Curators Sheelagh Bevan (The Morgan Library and Museum), Claire Henry (The Andy Warhol Film Project, The Whitney Museum), and Anastasia James (The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz) discuss new approaches to exhibiting Warhol.
(*College Terrace, SUNY New Paltz)

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