"a fact a day" - or more
August 2, 2015: Ai Weiwei has confirmed that he will attend the "Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei" exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia. The exhibition runs December 11, 2015 to April 24, 2016 before it travels to The Andy Warhol Museum in June.
U.K. reverses its decision on Ai Weiwei visa
August 1, 2015: The U.K. government has reversed its decision on not granting Ai Weiwei a 6 month visa. He will now be granted a full 6 month visa for his stay in the country.
Brits deny visa to Ai Weiwei - Royal Academy issues statement
July 31, 2015: The British government has denied a six month visa to Chinese artists, Ai Weiwei. The refusal was based on their allegation that he had "received a criminal conviction in China" and did not declare it on his visa application. Yet the artist has never been convicted of a crime in China - he was detained but never convicted.
The decision to deny the six month visa may have more to do with the Brits' wanting to keep favour with their Chinese trading partners than with the artist's non-existent "criminal conviction." Instead of giving Ai Weiwei a six month visa they have only granted him a twenty day stay. As the BBC has pointed out, "Ai's 20-day visa means he will not be in the UK when China's President Xi Jinping makes a high-profile state visit in October - potentially avoiding any diplomatic embarrassment at a time when Britain is trying to improve relations with China." (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-33714740) If the real reason for denying him the visa was because of an undisclosed criminal conviction, the visa would most likely have been completely refused and not just limited to twenty days.
The Chinese government had seized Ai Weiwei's passport four years ago and refused to allow him to leave the country but his passport was recently returned to him and he is currently in Berlin visiting his family. During the time that his passport was seized he left a fresh bouquet of flowers outside his Beijing studio evey day. His passport was returned on the 600th day. Despite having been detained by China, he continues to be a staunch supporter of freedom in the arts. It's disheartening that, having been granted the right to travel by the Chinese government, his right is now being limited by the U.K.
Ai Weiwei and family in Berlin
Ai Weiwei was hoping to help prepare the major exhibition of his work that is due to run at the Royal Academy from September 19 to December 13, 2015, but twenty days will considerably limit his involvement with the show as well as the British art scene in general. (There is also going to be a Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei travelling exhibition in the U.S. next year - see below.)
The Royal Academy's Artistic Director, Tim Marlow, has issued the following statement: “We’re concerned that Ai Weiwei has not been granted a six month UK visa by the British government. We hope for a speedy resolution to this situation and we continue to look forward to welcoming Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy for his first major institutional exhibition in the UK this September.” (https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/article/ai-weiwei-visa-refused)
Emma Levigne on RainForest
30 July 2015: Emma Lavigne, one of the authors of Warhol Live, will be hosting a discussion on Merce Cunningham's dance piece, RainForest, on November 22, 2015 in conjunction with the "Warhol Underground" exhibition at the Centre Pompidou-Metz. The exhibition includes performances of RainForest featuring Andy Warhol's Silver Clouds.
Details of the talk at: http://www.centrepompidou-metz.fr/en/autour-de-rainforest-d-andy-warhol-1968.
Mark Lancaster, who appeared in a Kiss film with Gerard Malanga and a few other Warhol films, talks about his experience as the set designer for a different piece by Merce Cunningham, Sounddance, at: http://www.warholstars.org/andywarhol/interview/mark/lancaster.html.
"Late Drawings of Andy Warhol: 1973-1987" concert and talk
29 July 2015: The Hyde Collection and the Summerland Music Society will be presenting a concert in conjunction with the exhibition, “The Late Drawings of Andy Warhol: 1973-1987,” tomorrow (Thursday) at 7 pm in the community room in the basement of Crandall Public Library. The concert will feature music by composers who lived and worked in New York during the same time as Warhol. Erin Coe, director of The Hyde Collection, will also give a talk about the exhibition. The exhibition has been organized by The Warhol museum.
Details of the exhibition at: http://www.hydecollection.org/events_and_programs/The_Late_Drawings_of_Andy_Warhol_1973_-_1987_519.htm.
Masters and Luminaries in Camden
28 July 2015: "Masters and Luminaries" opens at Proud Camden (in London) on July 23, 2015 and runs until September 13, 2015. The exhibition includes photographs by David McCabe of the time he spent with Warhol and members of the original silver Factory during 1964-65 as well as Justin De Villeneuve's photographs of Twiggy which launched her career (at the age of 15). Other work includes Brian Aris' early shots of Debbie Harry, Brian Duffy's photos of David Bowie during his Alladin Sane days and John Byrne Cooke's shots of Bob Dylan.
Details at: https://www.proudonline.co.uk/exhibitions.
A number of limited edition photographs are being sold in conjunction with the exhibition including some great ones from McCabe:
One of the limited edition photographs being sold by Proud
Danny Says is sold out
27 July 2015: The screening of the new documentary about Danny Fields, Danny Says, at Lincoln Center on Wednesday is sold out. Standby tickets will be available on the day of the screening. The screening will include a Q & A with director Brendon Toller. The film was financed with the help of a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign. Details of the Lincoln Center screening at: http://www.filmlinc.com/films/on-sale/danny-says.
Fields worked as the managing editor of Datebook magazine during the sixties, was a friend of Edie Sedgwick and allegedly managed the Velvet Underground for about "two weeks." He later wrote the album notes for their "Live at Max's Kansas City" album, recorded by Brigid Berlin. He also worked as Steve Paul's "chauffeur" for a time and he has been linked to the MC5 and Iggy Pop and The Stooges and co-managed the Ramones beginning in 1975. Basically, he spent his life hanging out with famous rock stars and lived a life of drugs, sex and rock and roll. But unlike most of the other people doing the same at that time, he was openly gay.
R.I.P. Ingrid Sischy
26 July 2015: Most of you will know by now that Ingrid Sischy died on Friday. The cause of death was breast cancer. She was 63 and died in hospital at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Ingrid served as the the editor-in-chief of Interview magazine from 1989-2008 and was the god-parent of Elton John's child, Zachary - an honour she shared with her girlfriend Sandra Brant who was previously married to Interview owner, Peter Brant.
Peter Brant had became an owner of Interview magazine in the early seventies after purchasing shares belonging to Jerome Hill and his boyfriend, Charles Rydell. In 1975 Brant gave up those shares in exchange for financing Andy Warhol's Bad, but in the summer of 1989 he and his wife Sandra re-purchased Inteview for $12 million. (BC503) Brant divorced Sandra in 1995 after fathering a child with supermodel Stephanie Seymour. Sandra had already started having a relationship with Sischy at the time. According to the Daily Mail, Ingrid finally married Sandra in Ingrid's "final weeks" after being lovers for more than 25 years.
Not mentioned in her obituaries is that Sischy also wrote an excellent, concise, book on Andy Warhol - The Essential Andy Warhol - which is an good introduction to the artist's life and work. She notes in the book about Warhol's work - "Though they appear mechanical, Warhol paintings and silkscreens involve the kind of formal decisions and pictorial problem-solving associated with the most conventional works of art..." Although Warhol liked to give the impression that his work was mechanical, the reality was that he took a hands-on approach to his paintings and usually only had one art assistant - unlike artists today who often employ a multitude of assistants.
Sischy was a contributing editor at Vanity Fair at the time of her death. She had started writing articles for the magazine in 1997 and her last article will appear in their September issue. Her writing will also appear in Catherine Opie's profile of Elizabeth Taylor - 700 Nimes Road - which is due to be published on October 6, 2015.
Sischy is survived by Brant, her mother Claire and her brother David.
A selection of her Interview covers can be found at: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2015/jul/24/interview-magazine-best-covers-under-ingrid-sischy.
The Trip, Andy Warhol's Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure
26 July 2015: Deborah Davis' book, The Trip, Andy Warhol's Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure, is out next week. The book is an account of Warhol's road trip from New York to California for his second exhibition at the Ferus Gallery. Occupants of the car included Taylor Mead, Wynn Chamberlain and Gerard Malanga. Davis previously wrote Party of the Century: The Fabulous Story of Truman Capote and His Black and White Ball.
A short interview with Davis can be found at: http://www.northjersey.com/arts-and-entertainment/books/hitting-the-road-with-warhol-1.1380934.
25: July 2015: Does anyone know what happened to Richard Rheem? If you were a friend or relative of Rheem, or if you have any information about him, please contact me at email@example.com.
See: "May 27, 1966: Andy Warhol Meets Richard Rheem" at: http://www.warholstars.org/1966.html#xljf1.
24 July 2015: Holly Woodlawn sends the following from her hospital bed at Cedars-Sinai:
"First off, for the record, I have quit show business.
OK, now for the show. Thank you to everyone that has been good enough to help me out. I can't wait to get out!! Keep the well wishes comin' - they really help. See you in Valhalla (haha).
Love you madly,
On&By Andy Warhol
23 July 2015: In Spring 2016 MIT/Whitechapel will be publishing On&By Andy Warhol, part of their "On&By" series: an anthology of key interviews and writings by the artist (with his collaborators) alongside a selection of essential critical texts from the 1960s to the present. Edited and with an Introduction by Gilda Williams.
Warhol by the Book
22 July 2015: "Warhol by the Book," curated by Matt Wrbican, opens at The Warhol museum on October 10, 2015 and runs until January 10, 2016. Details at: http://www.warhol.org/responsive/event.aspx?id=25924.
Holly Woodlawn Battles Cancer
21 July 2015: I have added an update on Holly Woodlawn's battle with cancer at: http://warholstars.org/holly-woodlawn-battles-cancer.html.
Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei
20 July 2015: Details of the Andy Warhol/Ai Weiwei exhibition have emerged on The Nation website which notes that "Among the parallels the exhibition will draw is the two artists' affinity for cats, the focus of a large-scale installation for kids and families. Warhol lived with a 'herd' of Siamese cats in the 1950s (all but one of which were named Sam) and he depicted them frequently in his work. Ai's studio houses more than 30 cats he regularly mentions on social media and in blog posts. Ai is developing a children's project for the show that will reflect that interest, along with an interactive feature allowing young visitors to take a Warhol-inspired image and share it via the social media. " Apparently the first book that Ai purchased while living in New York in the 1980s was The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again).
"Andy Warhol/Ai Weiwei" will run at the National Gallery in Victoria from December 11, 2015 to 24 April 2016 before its run at The Warhol museum from June to August 2016.
Sponsors and media partners for the National Gallery show include Mercedes Benz, EY, Quantas, La Trobe University, Vogue magazine, Sofitel luxury hotels, Valmorgan, Melbourne Airport, Smooth FM, and Dulux with major donors being the Loti and Victor Smorgon Fund.
Exhibition details at: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/andy-warhol-ai-wei-wei/.
The Nation article can be found at: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/life/The-whirlwind-that-is-Ai-Weiwei-30264719.html.
Holly Woodlawn has cancer
19 July 2015: Sad news to report: Holly Woodlawn has cancer. The biopsy results from the tests done on July 15th (see below) have shown that she has lung cancer that has spread to her brain. My deep-felt sympathy to Holly who is at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. More on this later.
More about Holly at: http://www.warholstars.org/holly_woodlawn.html - or click on Holly's Polaroid on the left hand side of this page.
Andy Warhol's Soap Opera
18 July 2015: Reminder: Tonight, Andy Warhol's Soap Opera, is going to be screened at the Whitney in conjunction with the Jewish Museum's current exhibition, "Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television." Claire K. Henry of The Andy Warhol Film Project will be moderating a discussion afterwards with the artist Alex Bag and Bruce Jenkins from the Art Institute of Chicago. Details at: http://thejewishmuseum.org/calendar/events/2015/07/18/andy-warhols-soap-opera-1964-07-18-15.
18 July 2015: "Basquiat: Now's the Time" opens at the Guggenheim Bilbao on July 3, 2015 and runs until November 1, 2015. The Jeff Koons retrospective at the same museum opened on June 9th and closes September 27, 2015.
Basquiat details at: http://basquiat.guggenheim-bilbao.es/en/.
Koons at: http://jeffkoons.guggenheim-bilbao.es/en/.
My Hustler in Tampa
17 July 2015: The Tampa Museum of Art is presenting a festival of Andy Warhol's films beginning 16 July with a screening of My Hustler and Kiss at the Dickey Family Lecture Hall. Other screenings will include Mrs. Warhol, Poor Little Rich Girl, Vinyl and Couch. Details at: https://tampamuseum.org/museum-events/event-list/.
More on My Hustler at: http://www.warholstars.org/my_hustler.html.
More on the Kiss films at: http://www.warholstars.org/1963.html#xhjg8y7.
Andy Warhol kitchen in the Jewish Journal
16 July 2015: Jonathan Fong's Andy Warhol kitchen was profiled in yesterday's Jewish Journal. Great kitchen Jonathan! Details, photos and instructions at: http://www.jewishjournal.com/lifestyle/article/how_i_created_americas_most_hated_kitchen.
More on Andy Warhol's Kitchen (the film) at: http://www.warholstars.org/filmch/warhol/kitchen.html.
Wexner Center for the Arts
15 July 2015: The Wexner Center for the Arts in Ohio continues to present excellent exhibitions and screenings. "After Picasso: 80 Contemporary Artists" runs September 19 to December 27, 2015 and includes over 150 works by Andy Warhol, Martin Kippenberger, Marlene Dumas, Richard Hamilton, Jasper Johns, Louise Lawler, Roy Lichtenstein, Art & Language and others.
The blurb for the show notes, "The exhibition, originally titled 'Picasso in Contemporary Art,' was organized by the Deichtorhallen, a highly respected contemporary art institution in Hamburg, on the occasion of its 25th anniversary and was curated by its general director, Dirk Luckow. Select American artists have been added to the Wexner Center presentation of the German-born exhibition."
The Wexner's summer film screenings include Grey Gardens by the Maysles brothers on July 31- August 1, 2015 and, at the "Wex Drive-In," a screening of John Waters' Cry-Baby on August 13 which features Joe Dallesandro in the cast.
Details at: http://wexarts.org.
Third Art International in Istanbul
14 July 2015: Art International, now in its third year, will take place at the Haliç Congress Center in Istanbul on September 5-6, 2015 with a private preview for buyers on the 4th. The modern art fair includes 83 galleries from 24 countries. A list of the participating galleries can be found at: http://www.artinternational-istanbul.com/exhibitors/participants. Artists include Andy Warhol, Grayson Perry and Banksy.
Shepard Fairey arrested
13 July 2015: Artist Shepard Fairey was arrested last week in Los Angeles for a painting he did on the wall of a vacant building in Detroit. Fairey's work is exhibited in major museums in the U.S. and Europe and the "illegal" mural is probably worth more than $100,000. (Detroit should be thanking him rather than arresting him.) The Warhol museum hosted a retrospective of his work from October 18, 2009 to January 31, 2010.
ANDY: A Popera
12 July 2015: Tickets go on sale on 3 August for the production of ANDY: A Popera, presented by Opera Philadelphia and The Bearded Ladies. Details at: https://www.operaphila.org/whats-on/on-stage-2015-2016/andy-a-popera/.
11 July 2015: Holly Woodlawn - one of the subjects of Lou Reed's song Walk on the Wild Side and star of Trash and Women in Revolt - has recently been hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. She suffers from multiple medical conditions but her health has improved considerably since her hospitalization. She is having a lung biopsy on 15 July 2015 using a minimally invasive procedure. We send her the absolute best wishes for her continuing recovery.
Andy Warhol: Polaroids
10 July 2015: Architectural Digest is running an article on a new book to be published in October - Andy Warhol: Polaroids. The AD blog includes a slide show of a selection of Warhol's Polaroids - see: http://www.architecturaldigest.com/blogs/daily/2015/07/andy-warhol-polaroid-portraits.
9 July 2015: Dark Horse Comics - publisher of licensed comics based on movies such as Star Wars and Aliens - has released a new comic, The Tomorrows #1, which includes a supercomputer named "Warhol." As with the comic's title, numbers were also used with Warhol's film titles, such as Haircut #1, Beauty #2 and others.
The blurb for the comic reads: "They told you the counterculture was dead. They were wrong. Welcome to the new reality. A bold new speculative-fiction comic from the mind of writer Curt Pires, with each issue illustrated by a different brilliant artist! The future: Art is illegal. Everything everyone ever posted online has been weaponized against them. The reign of the Corporation is quickly becoming as absolute as it is brutal—unless The Tomorrows can stop it."
Excerpt from The Tomorrows #1 - a comic featuring a supercomputer named "Warhol"
Comics reviewer Maximus Prime, writes on the Geeks of Doom website, "When I started reading The Tomorrows #1, I couldn’t help but think of Andy Warhol and his pop art movement. As I read on, a smile emblazoned itself on my face when I realized that the Tomorrow’s supercomputer is named Warhol, is made in the likeness of Andy Warhol, and even speaks like Andy Warhol. The vivid colors and traditional comic book style drawings blend together with the dark, futuristic world to burst off of the page in a genuinely superb way."
The Dark Horse website is at: http://www.darkhorse.com.
Prime's review can be found at: http://www.geeksofdoom.com/2015/07/08/the-tomorrows-1.
International Pop exhibition catalogue
8 July 2015: The "International Pop" exhibition catalogue ($85.00) is due to be published in the next few weeks. The exhibition currently at the Walker Art Center includes work by a fascinating international array of artists and an extensive series of film screenings - see: http://www.walkerart.org/calendar/2015/international-pop-cinema.
A review of the show appeared in the 24 June issue of The Wall Street Journal at: http://www.wsj.com/articles/international-pop-at-the-walker-art-center-review-1435180645.
Discounted pre-orders of the catalogue: http://shop.walkerart.org/products/international-pop.
The Street, The Store, and the Silver Screen
7 July 2015: "The Street, The Store, and the Silver Screen: Pop Art from the MCA Collection" opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago on 19 December 2015 and runs until 27 March 2016. Artists include Andy Warhol, Ed Rusha, Claes Oldenburg and Mel Ramos. Details at: http://www2.mcachicago.org/exhibition/the-street-the-store-and-the-silver-screen-pop-art-from-the-mca-collection/.
Little Red Book #178
6 July 2015: A gallery talk by Kelsey Donahue will take place on 12 September 2015 at the Frye Art Museum on "Andy Warhol: Little Red Book #178 + 12 Screen Tests." The talk is in conjunction with their exhibition "Andy Warhol: Little Red Book #178" which opened on 16 May and runs until 13 September 2015.
From the museum blurb:
"Little Red Book #178 comprises nineteen Polaroids of friends and celebrities, many of whom were involved in the production of Warhol's film L'Amour (1973), which was filmed in Paris in September 1970. L'Amour was written and directed by Warhol and Paul Morrissey. The film starred Warhol superstars Jane Forth and Donna Jordan, French actor Max Delys, and American actor Michael Sklar; the cast also included Peter Greenlaw and fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld."
Exhibition details at: http://fryemuseum.org/exhibition/5960/.
Andy Warhol's L'Amour
5 July 2015: I have added a new essay on Andy Warhol's L'Amour at: http://warholstars.org/amour.html.
Glenn O'Brien, Jane Holzer, John Cale and John Giorno
4 July 2015: A selection of photographs of Glenn O'Brien interviewing Jane Holzer, John Cale and John Giorno during "Warholmania" in Munich (see below) can be found at: https://gerhardemmerkunst.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/jane-holzer-john-cale-john-giorno-glenn-obrien-superstars-then-and-now-pinakothek-der-moderne-munchen-2015-06-28 (scroll down).
Sotheby's Sells Dollars
3 July 2015: Sotheby's has posted a video on their website hyping the results of their July Contemporary Art sale (see below) which included the sale of numerous Warhol dollar paintings. A woman at the beginning of the video proclaims that the sale produced the "highest total ever" for a Contemporary Art sale in London. That's as far as I got - the video was hurting my ears (and eyes). I would much rather have seen more footage from the auction itself - without the blaring sound track and annoying quick-fire editing. Do they honestly believe that buyers or sellers are actually influenced by this sort of thing? It's more of a 'turn off' than a 'turn on.'
The art press has been less kind to Sotheby's, noting that quite a few high profile items did not sell. Blouin ArtInfo notes that "the result failed to meet pre-sale expectations of £142.2-202.6 million on 58 lots offered. Nine of those 58 went unsold for what might have been a reasonable 15.5 percent buy-in rate by lot—except that three of those casualties carried a combined pre-sale low estimate of £43 million pounds." (http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1190757/sothebys-big-but-bruising-contemporary-art-evening-sale-in).
Warhol's hand painted One Dollar bill (Silver Certificate) (1962) went to a telephone bidder for £20,869,000 (est. £13-18 million). Warhol's dollars signs from the 1980s (once considered cheap cousins to his 'real' dollar paintings from the '60s) continue to rise in value - at least among dealers. José Mugrabi bought one for £4,685,000 (est. £4-6 million) and Larry Gagosian for £6,925,000 (est. £4.5-6.5 million).
Two major paintings from the Warhol dollars of 1962 went unsold: Front and Back Dollar Bills and Two Dollar Bills (Back) (40 Two Dollar Bills in Green).
Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei
2 July 2015: An exhibition of works by Ai Weiwei coupled with the works of Andy Warhol will open at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne prior to a run at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. The double artist show, "Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei," will run at the NGV from 11 December 2015 to 24 April 2016 before opening at The Warhol in June 2016. The Warhol Foundation has supported Ai Weiwei for a considerable period of time. When he was detained by Chinese authorities in 2011, they issued a press release calling for his release. (See http://www.warholfoundation.org/foundation/41_detail.html?page=4)
"Richard Prince Sold Strangers' Instagram Photos
for $90k And It's Probably Legal"
1 July 2015: The Huffington Post has published an article on the appropriation of images by artists - "Richard Prince Sold Strangers' Instagram Photos For $90k -- And It's Probably Legal" - which includes an analysis of Warhol as the "father" of appropriation.
30 June 2015: "Warhol's Nature" opens at the Crystal Bridges Museum of Modern Art on the Fourth of July and includes a Spotify playlist of music that Warhol was known to listen to. The exhibition runs until 5 October 2015. Details at: http://crystalbridges.org/exhibitions/warhols-nature/.
Andy Warhol and Schraffts
29 June 2015: A still from the commercial that Andy Warhol did for Schraffts in 1968 has appeared on ArtNet at: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/in-his-first-ad-andy-warhol-sells-ice-cream-311950.
Warhol makes reference to the commercial in an interview from the 10 November 1968 issue of The New York Times magazine - see http://warholstars.org/1968#xjlb9.
Robert Heide and Candy Darling
28 June 2015: Caffe Cino playwright Robert Heide has written an interesting account of the Village gay scene in the sixties, including a mention of Candy Darling. Heide wrote the play Bed on which Warhol based his film, Bed, as advertised in the 28 April 1966 issue of the Village Voice:
Village Voice ad 28 April 1966 advertising Warhol's
film, Bed, "based on a play by Bob Heide"
Robert Heide ("Riots at the Stonewall and magic at Caffe Cino; Gay revolution in Greenwich Village in the ’60s," The Villager, 25 June 2015):
I myself hit the Stonewall a few times back in the early days with a brownette, pointy-toothed Candy Darling. This was before he/she was given a makeover by the flamboyant Off Off Broadway theater director Ron Link, who taught Candy how to do her makeup in 1930s movie-star style.
The newly glamorized Candy was presented in a show written by Jackie Curtis at Bastiano’s Cellar Studio Theater in the Village called “Glamour, Glory and Gold,” which featured in his first stage role a young actor named Robert De Niro. For the Candy transformation, Link got out a white henna powder concoction that, when mixed with peroxide and pure ammonia and applied to dark hair, turned it platinum-white blonde, thus changing a drab Candy into a Kim Novak/Jean Harlow blonde bombshell.
Eventually, Candy went on to become a Warhol Superstar: for the final makeover touch Warhol paid to have Candy’s teeth capped pearly white. At about the same time, drag performers Jackie Curtis and Holly Woodlawn also jumped into the Warhol superstar film scene at the Factory.
The full article can be found at: http://thevillager.com/2015/06/25/riots-at-the-stonewall-and-magic-at-caffe-cino-gay-revolution-in-greenwich-village-in-the-60s/.
27 June 2015: Anthony Haden-Guest has curated an exhibition devoted to mid-70s to 90s NY club culture (including Studio 54 of course) at the WhiteBox Gallery. According to the gallery, "this exhibition will run throughout the summer at WhiteBox. Offsite musical performances and capsule exhibitions will be hosted at ACME and VS Gallery (dates to be announced)." The show closes on August 23rd - no dates yet for any off-site events.
Details at: http://whiteboxnyc.org/event/the-last-party/.
26 June 2015: Laura Rubin is selling limited photographs of Candy Darling - "candy close up" "candy in black dress" "candy & jeremiah" "candy looking down" brooklyn, ny 1971 signed by artist. For pricing email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chelsea Hotel
25 June 2015: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the redevelopment of the Chelsea Hotel "is running at least a year behind schedule, is over budget and has been the source of disagreements between its owners over how to position the hotel and how much to spend on upgrades." Joseph Chetrit bought the property from the families who owned it in 2011 for $78 million. After complaints by residents who filed a lawsuit against Chetrit for failing to "provide heat and hot water" and subjecting them to "hazardous dust," "collapsing ceilings," and creating a "serious fire safety hazard," he sold the property to a consortium who dealt with disgruntled residents by providing pay-outs and temporary housing arrangements off-site during construction. So far, the new owners have spent about $185 million in acquisition and renovation costs.
The article is at: http://www.wsj.com/articles/hotel-chelsea-upgrade-hits-a-snag-1435077980.
The Warhol presents Television
24 June 2015: The Warhol museum will be presenting the '70s new wave band, Television, at the Carnegie Music Hall on 25 September 2015 at 8 pm. In addition to Tom Verlaine the current configuration of the band features Jimmy Rip on guitar (who replaced founding guitarist Richard Lloyd in 2004), Fred Smith on bass, and Billy Ficca on drums. The Carnegie Music Hall is located in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh - the area where the Warhola's Dawson Street home was located.
Collecting Contemporary 1960-2015:
Selections from the Schorr Collection
23 June 2015: "Collecting Contemporary, 1960-2015: Selections from the Schorr Collection," opens at the Princeton University Art Museum this Saturday, 27 June 2015, and runs until 20 September 2015. Includes work by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.
Details at: http://artmuseum.princeton.edu/art/exhibitions/1657.
Thomas Keidrowski and James Warhola
22 June 2015: Thomas Kiedrowski, author of Andy Warhol’s New York City, and Andy Warhol's nephew, the illustrator and author James Warhola, will be speaking at The Palace in Stamford, Connecticut - on Friday 26 June at 8 pm.
Andy's Randy Summer
21 June 2015: "Andy's Randy Summer" ends next week (25 June) at Christie's. The "over 18 only" online auction is advertised by Christie's as "coinciding with LGBTQ Pride month" and features Warhol's photographs, drawings and prints "that together offer visual explorations of sexuality, desire and the body within the gay community." It includes Fire Island Beach Party (1982), Men in Pool (1982), images from his Ladies and Gentlemen drag series, a portrait of Victor Hugo (1976 Polaroid), Sex Parts screenprints (including the anal sex image) and quite a few others - most going for only a few thousand dollars.
YES! YES! YES! WARHOLMANIA IN MUNICH
20 June 2015: "YES!YES!YES! WARHOLMANIA IN MUNICH," a major festival of Warhol's films and art is taking place in Munich from 23 June to 28 October 2015, presented by the Museum Brandhorst and FILMFEST MÜNCHEN (#Warholmania). The museum will be exhibiting, for the first time, their entire collection of work by Warhol and there will be a large number of film screenings (curated by Glenn O'Brien and Katja Eichinger), panel discussions and other events.
Films to be screened include: Bike Boy, The Chelsea Girls, Lonesome Cowboys, San Diego Surf, Tarzan and Jane Regained, Sort of..., Camp, Screen Tests of Jane Holzer, Donyale Luna and Jack Smith; a special Edie Sedgwick program consisting of Beauty #2 and Outer and Inner Space; a Mario Montez program of Screen Test No. 2 (one of my personal favourites) and Mario Banana #1 and 2; a Velvet Underground program consisting of The Velvet Underground and Nico and the Screen Tests of Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison, John Cale, Maureen Tucker and Nico and a Vinyl program including the Screen Tests of Larry Latreille, Gerard Malanga and Ondine.
Another program of films, "Beyond Warhol," chosen by Katja Eichinger, includes William Friedkin's Cruising (hilariously brilliant - who would have thought that they'd ever see Al Pacino snorting poppers on the dance floor of a gay disco after seeing someone get fisted in the backroom - clip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToXqLRZz1mE).
Eichinger's selection of films also includes Cocaine Cowboys which was filmed on Warhol's Montauk estate by a a real-life drug dealer (Tom Sullivan) and features a cameo appearance by Warhol. Also showing is Ulli Lommel's Blank Generation and even Spring Breakers by the brilliant Harmony Korine(with executive producer Jane Holzer.) (An early interview with a young and adorable Hamony Korine can be seen on David Letterman show clip on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7nrhGQteas.)
And if that isn't enough to to get you to book a flight NOW to Munich, the panel discussions are going to include Glenn O'Brien moderating a discussion with Jane Holzer, John Cale and Sleep star John Giorno.
And - in addition to the Museum exhibition and film screenings, there is also going to be an exhibition of photography by Bob Adelman from 19 June - 25 July at the Schirmer/Mosel Showroom in Munich. Adelman is the photographer who took the photos of the Warhol party at Al Roon's health club (see news archive).
Details of film screenings and events at: http://www.filmfest-muenchen.de/en/festival/filmfest-2015/special2015/warholmania/.
Details of the exhibition at: http://www.museum-brandhorst.de/en/exhibitions/yesyesyes-warholmania-in-munich.html.
More info on:
Bike Boy at: http://warholstars.org/bike-boy.html
The Chelsea Girls at http://warholstars.org/1966.html#mwcg66
Lonesome Cowboys at: http://warholstars.org/lonesome_cowboys.html
San Diego Surf at: http://warholstars.org/san_diego_surf.html
Tarzan and Jane: at http://warholstars.org/tarzan-jane-regained.html
Donyale Luna at: http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/article/TMG9658276/The-tragic-tale-of-Donyale-Luna.html
Jack Smith at: http://warholstars.org/jack_smith.html
Screen Test No. 2 at: http://warholstars.org/screen-tests.html#33uiopp
In Living Color: Andy Warhol
and Contemporary Printmaking
19 June 2015: "In Living Color: Andy Warhol and Contemporary Printmaking" opens at the Tampa Museum of Art tomorrow. Details at: http://tampamuseum.org/exhibition/in-living-color-andy-warhol-and-contemporary-printmaking/.
Andy Warhol in Coast FM
18 June 2015: The remaining Warhol articles from the Coast FM & Fine Arts magazine (see previous story on The Truth Game) have been added to the Warhol Film Ads site, along with a number of other interesting articles from other publications - check the update list on the top of the main page at: https://warholfilmads.wordpress.com.
The Truth Game
17 June 2015: Alfredo Garcia has added a set of articles about Warhol from an extremely rare issue of Coast FM & Fine Arts magazine to his Warhol Film Ads site. The articles include one by John Hallowell who accompanied Warhol and a small group of superstars to Los Angeles at a time when Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey were talking to the press about making a film named after Hallowell's book The Truth Game.
(https://warholfilmads.wordpress.com/1969-2/ - scroll down)
The Truth Game trip to Los Angeles took place in May 1969 and was paid for by Columbia Studios. A 7 May 1969 article in Variety about Flesh and Lonesome Cowboys made reference to The Truth Game as "the next Warhol opus."
Kent E. Carroll ("More Structured, Less Scandalized Warhol Aiming for Wider Playoff," Variety, 7 May 1969):
The next Warhol opus, set to begin shooting on Los Angeles streets in about three weeks, is being financed by Michael Loughlin, producer of Joanna and new husband of Leslie Caron. All other pix were internally financed. The sum is $100,000 which included buying the title rights of John Hollowell's [sic] The Truth Game. According to Warhol, Caron, Clint Eastwood, Natalie Wood and Troy Donohue will all make brief appearances. Among the company of regulars the featured part wil be played by Candy Darling, a young man who attempts to appear as much as possible like a young woman. Laughlin will handle the distribution. (http://www.warholstars.org/lonesome_cowboys_2.html)
An earlier reference to the film was made in the 24 April issue of the Village Voice:
"Scenes" in The Village Voice, 24 April 1969, p. 55
Although The Truth Game was never made, Hallowell was credited with the idea behind Andy Warhol's Heat and plays a gossip columnist in that film. Warhol's boyfriend, Jed Johnson, and one of the editors of Heat, was part of Warhol's entourage when they visited L.A. for The Truth Game. (He's mentioned briefly in the Coast FM article.)
Also included from the same issue of Coast FM on the Warhol Film Ads site is a scathingly bitchy review of Warhol's films by Rex Reed, a more reasoned analysis of his films by Richard Whitehall and a fairly good filmography of Warhol's films, given the information known at the time.
(https://warholfilmads.wordpress.com/1969-2/ - scroll down)
Bailey on Warhol in Scotland
16 June 2015: A free screening of David Bailey's film on Andy Warhol, Bailey on... Warhol (in which Warhol explains the reason for his Death and Disaster series and why underground films are called "underground"), will be held at the Scottish National Gallery on 27 July 2015. Details at: https://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/events-calendar/film-screening-bailey-on-warhol/date/2015-06-15/interval/0/.
According to Warhol star Jane Holzer, star of Soap Opera (see below) David Bailey "created" her when he shot her for a Vogue fashion shoot in the summer of 1963:
Jane Holzer (1964):
Bailey is fantastic. Bailey created four girls that summer [of 1963]. He created Jean Shrimpton, he created me, he created Angela Howard and Susan Murray. There's no photographer like that in America. Avedon hasn't done that for a girl, Penn hasn't, and Bailey created four girls in one summer. He did some pictures of me for the English Vogue, and that was all it took... Some people say I look like a child, you know, Baby Jane. And, I mean, I don't know what I look like, I guess it's just 1964 Jewish. (http://www.warholstars.org/warholfilm/warhol4b.html)
Andy Warhol's Soap Opera
15 June 2015: Claire K. Henry of The Andy Warhol Film Project will be moderating a discussion about Andy Warhol's film, Soap Opera, starring Baby Jane Holzer and Sam Green, at the Whitney Museum in conjunction with the Jewish Museum's current exhibition, "Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television." Participating on the panel discussion will be the artist Alex Bag and Bruce Jenkins from the Art Institute of Chicago (and one of the numerous authors of the forthcoming second volume(s) of the film cat. rais.).
The panel discussion will take place on Saturday 18 July 2015 and will be preceeded by a screening of the film at 7 pm.
More on Andy Warhol's Soap Opera at: http://www.warholstars.org/soap_opera.html.
The Late Drawings of Andy Warhol
14 June 2015: "The Late Drawings of Andy Warhol 1973-1987" opens at The Hyde Collection Art Museum on 21 June 2015 and continues until 27 September 2015. Details at: http://www.hydecollection.org/exhibitions/The_Late_Drawings_of_Andy_Warhol_1973_-_1987_519.htm.