Charles Rydell has died

April 4, 2018: 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

April 2, 2018: 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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