Contact Warhol: Photography Without End

October 17, 2018: The exhibition "Contact Warhol: Photography Without End" continues at the Cantor Arts Center (September 29, 2018 - January 6, 2019). Meanwhile, everyone who ever came into contact with the artist is searching through the large selection of contact sheets and negatives on the Cantor website to see if they can find images of themselves. One site user brought to my attention that I was in one of the photographs taken by Warhol at a party for Interview magazine at the Ritz club in New York in 1980 (I didn't work for Interview - I just liked parties):

James Curley Mellon, James Breese and Gary Comenas at Inteview party, 1980 by Andy Warhol

L to r: Me (with drink), my ex-boyfriend James Breese (with blonde hair) 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)

Changes at the Andy Warhol Foundation

October 12, 2018: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has a new chairperson.  Julián Zugazagoitia, who joined the board seven years ago, is now the chair. There are also three new board members: Naomi Beckwith, curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Cary Davis, senior partner at Warburg Pincus; and Deborah Willis, a professional photographer and chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging at the Tisch School of Arts at NYU. Joel Wachs remains the president of the Foundation, of course, and Donald Warhola the vice-president.

Live stream of Andy Warhol: A Conversation

October 10, 2018: Today's panel discussion at Phillips with Warhol biographer Blake Gopnik, Warhol retrospective curator, Donna De Salvo, and the Warhol Foundation's Vincent Fremont will be live streamed at 6:30 pm New York time (11:30 pm London time) today, Wednesday, 10 October 2018, on the Livestream website.

Dupont twin in rehab

October 8, 2018: The New York Post is reporting that the "Infamous Dupont twins skip 'Studio 54' screening for rehab." More on the Dupont "twins" here.

Ray Johnson explained "moticos" in the first issue of the Village Voice in 1955

October 3, 2018: I've added to the site John Wilcock's first column in the first issue of the Village Voice in 1955 which featured the mail artist, Ray Johnson, discussing "moticos" and the fact that he was going to design book jackets next.

Did Andy Warhol want to be a machine?

Andy Warhol and Eduardo Paolozzi

The National Galleries' website for their Warhol/Paolozzi show based on a quote that Andy Warhol never said

September 27, 2018: An exhibition of works by Warhol juxtaposed with works by Eduardo Paolozzi opens at The National Galleries of Scotland on November 17, 2018 and runs until June 2, 2019. According to the blurb for the show, "This exhibition takes its theme from a much-quoted remark by Andy Warhol: “I want to be a machine”. Behind Warhol’s seemingly facetious quip was the serious belief that art would become increasingly mechanised."

But, as recent research by Jennifer Sichel showed (published in the Oxford Art Journal), Warhol never said he wanted to be a machine. I've covered the topic in a book I've written which will hopefully be out next year and which I quote from below. In my manuscript, I mention the new information about the machine quote in reference to a conversation I had with the art writer William S. Wilson when he was in London:

From The Real World (Chapter 26: "Is Bill, Bill?"):

While we walked back to Bill's B & B from the British Museum, I noticed that he was checking out some of the the guys who passed us and it reminded me of the comment that Ray Allington made about how good looking English guys were. I said the same to Bill and he responded with "yes, and they know it." I asked him about his wife, the artist Ann Wilson - whose first name he sometimes spelled with an e at the end as in "Anne." Why had he left her? To my surprise he said it was the other way round - that she had left him. And even more suprising was the fact that the person she had left him for was Gene Swenson.

Gene Swenson was an art writer and curator who was responsible for the interview that produced Andy Warhol's famous "I want to be a machine" quote - something which Warhol never said. The original interview tapes show that Warhol did say that "everybody should be a machine" but it was during a conversation about men and woman and homosexuality and how everyone should like "everything," including homosexuality. The point that was being made was that people should be as judgmental as a machine, which was to say, not judgemental at all.

The tapes also include a conversation with Warhol and a few others discussing whether Hess would include the comments about homosexuality in the interview or would edit them out. Bill had previously warned me about Hess' editing when I published his article "Prince of Boredom: The Repetitions and Passivities of Andy Warhol," on my site. The article had originally been published in 1968 in Art News, but when I put it on my site in 2004, Bill added a preface which drew attention to Hess' editorial biases. Bill wrote that Swenson "interviewed artists with questions which had a erotic slant" and that his "interviews with artists were not printed as he submitted them to Art News, because Thomas Hess changed words in both questions and responses, editing Art News as a magazine for a wholesome family." (Real World, 161)

(References: Jennifer Sichel, "Do you think Pop Art's queer? Gene Swenson and Andy Warhol," Oxford Art Journal, Vol. 41, issue 1, March 2018, pp. 59-83 and William S. Wilson, "Preface" published on warholstars.org, 2004 for "Prince of Boredom: The Repetitions and Passivities of Andy Warhol.")

Andy Warhol interview by Ralph Pomeroy

After image issue with Andy Warhol interview

Afterimage, No. 2, Autumn 1970

September 23, 2018: I have added to the site an interview of Andy Warhol by Ralph Pomeroy that appeared in Afterimage magazine in Autumn 1970.

Warhol on Basquiat with introduction by Paige Powell

September 22, 2018: Taschen is bringing out a book chronicling the friendship of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat which contains "hundreds" of never before seen photographs along with quotes from the Andy Warhol Diaries. The introduction is by Paige Powell. Should be out in December 2018. A Basquiat exhibition, which includes collaborations with Andy Warhol, opens at the Fondation Luis Vuitton on October 3, 2018 and runs until January 14, 2019.

Ralph Pomeroy

Ralph Pomeroy, 1948

Ralph Pomeroy, 1948 (Photographer unknown) (Collection Edward Field)

September 22, 2018: I have added to the site a short biography of Ralph Pomeroy who collaborated with Andy Warhol on À la Recherche du Shoe Perdu. A poet and (self-designated) painter, Pomeroy was active in the gay S & M scene in San Francisco during his later years. His friend Edward Field recalls, "Ralph’s graduation into S & M was somewhat of a mystery to me, a sneakers-type guy, and it got him into trouble. A too-vigorous session left his wrist fractured and in a splint. Another time, he was in the hospital with a collapsed lung from an early hours stabbing after leaving The Eagle’s Nest, a leather hangout…" (Field, 224)

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