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Interview is back

June 18, 2018: Interview magazine is apparently 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@blueyonder.co.uk.)

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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