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andy warhol filmsAn Oral History of the life of Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol spaceAbigail Rosen and Brigid Berlin in Andy Warhol's Tub Girls

Andy WarholAllen Midgette, the man who impersonated Andy Warhol

Andy WarholAndrea Feldman, star of Andy Warhol's Trash and Heat directed by Paul Morrissey

Andy WarholAbstract Expressionism - the art movement before Pop

Andy WarholAndy Warhol superstar, Baby Jane Holzer

Andy WarholBibbe Hansen, star of Andy Warhol's Prison and Boy George

Andy WarholJonas Mekas and the Expanded Cinema

Andy WarholPhotographer Billy Name who lived at Andy Warhol's Factory

Andy WarholBrigid Berlin, star of Andy Warhol's Chelsea Girls and Bruce Pecheur from Andy Warhol's Trash directed by Paul Morrissey

Andy WarholCandy Darling, star of Andy Warhol's Women in Revolt directed by Paul Morrissey

Andy WarholArts and the Mass Media by Lawrence Alloway

Andy WarholChuck Wein, Edie Sedgwick's friend and off-screen voice in Andy Warhol's Beauty No. 2

Andy WarholRichard Hamilton responds to John McHale's Jr.'s comments on the This is Tomorrow poster - the beginnings of pop in the UK by members of the Indenpendent Group

Andy WarholDorothy Dean, the doorperson at Max's Kansas City who appears in Andy Warhol's My Hustler

Andy WarholEdie Sedgwick, Andy Warhol superstar

Andy WarholEric Emerson, star of The Chelsea Girls, directed by Andy Warhol

Andy WarholFreddy Herko who appeared in Andy Warhol's films and danced at Judson Church

Andy WarholGerard Malanga, assistant to Andy Warhol

Andy WarholHolly Woodlawn

Andy WarholIngrid Superstar

Andy WarholIvy Nicholson, model and Warhol superstar

Andy WarholJack Smith

Andy WarholJackie Curtis, Andy Warhol superstar

Andy WarholResponse to Richard Dorment about Joe Simon's alleged Self-Portrait of Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol news
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27 May 2015: "Warhol Underground" opens at the Centre Pompidou in Metz on 1 July 2015 and runs until 23 November 2015. The exhibition will focus on Andy Warhol's relation to avant-garde dance and music and will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Warhol meeting The Velvet Underground. À ne pas manquer.

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The Most Beautiful Boys, Al Roon's Health Club,
Antoine, Orion and Cavalier

26 May 2015: A number of new items have been added to the Warhol Film Ads website. They include a chapter from a John Gruen book, The New Bohemia, which is interesting because there is a rare mention of Andy Warhol's film, The Thirteen Most Beautiful Men (aka The Thirteen Most Beautiful Boys) - the film that led to Warhol making what became known as the Screen Tests and which was also linked to his Thirteen Most Wanted Men series of paintings. The Most Beautiful Boys/Men film was never shown publicly, although a clip of Freddy Herko from the film may have been screened at a Film-Makers' Cinematheque event. (See: The Thirteen Most Beautiful Boys (1964-66).

Also of interest is the feature from a 1967 issue of Pageant magazine about a trip to a "turkish bath" by Warhol and his superstars. The pictures are actually from 1965 and were taken at Al Roon's Health Club in New York. A fuller selection of photos from the session appears on the website of the photographer, Bob Adelman, at:'s/content/AW31_05_Bob_Adelman_large.html.

Edie Sedgwick and Gerard Malanga at Al Roon's Health Club

Edie Sedgwick on left page and Gerard Malanga
dancing on the right page at Al Roon's Health Club
(Photos by Bob Adelman in Pageant magazine)

Al Roon was a gym trainer who owned a number of health clubs frequented by celebrities and used for performance pieces in New York, as remembered by his son:

Anthony J. Roon, MD (son of Al Roon):

Al Roon was my father. He was very famous in the era of 1935 to 1976. He was one of the early pioneers in the health club business in New York. His early career was spurred by successes in weight lifting, wrestling (legitimate), and body building. He trained many celebrities starting with the Ziegfeld Follies, and including Andy Warhol, Lena Horne. He trained fighters Like his friend Rocky Marciano. At one time there were 7 venues, including a health spa in upstate New York. He wrote for King features and spoke often on radio and television. Many television programs and movies were filmed at the gyms. He passed away in 1976 and the health clubs were then closed a few years later. His partner in business was his devoted brother Jesse Roon.

A short history of Roon's career is given on the website:

Al Roon, born Alexander Roon (1902-1976), was the owner and operator of the Al Roon health clubs, most popular from the 1940's to shortly after his death in 1976. His clubs, which consisted of a men's branch at the Riverside Plaza Hotel, and a women's branch at the Ansonia Hotel, were a frequent hangout of Andy Warhol's entourage and other counterculturalists of the day. The most memorable performance there was a 1965 swimming pool piece called Washes; starring David Whitney, Al Hansen, Alex Hay, Henry Geldzahler, Sarah Dalton, Robert Rauschenberg, and famous pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, with direction from Claes Oldenberg. Roon himself was most known for getting the scorn of various female celebrities, such as Tallulah Bankhead and Lana Turner to name a few, and Skitch Henderson (future bandleader of the Tonight Show and the then-husband of Faye Emerson, who was also mentioned) for criticizing their bodies in his 1951 pamphlet 'The 10 Most Beautiful Women in America If They Would Only Lose 10 Pounds.'. (

[Note: Robert Rauschenberg and Roy Lichtenstein are not mentioned in the cast listing of Washes.] (COA569)

Adelman's photos of Warhol and his entourage are not photos of Washes, which took place at Al Roon's Health Club in New York on 22 - 24 May 1965, but Oldenburg's comments on the club and how he came to conceive Washes, provides insight into the type of place that it was:

Claes Oldenburg:

I wanted to do a piece in a swimming pool and the title suggested itself - Washes. Then the problem was to find a swimming pool and to get the thing in motion. It took a long time to find a swimming pool. Finally Alan Solomon located the pool of Al Roon's Health Club, and that became a reality. I enrolled for classes there, and I went there and I laid around the pool, I swam, I tried all the services, I was massaged, and all the time I was just studying the possiblilities of the place for a happening...

It was really a color piece; it was a painting-type piece. Many of my pieces are more like dance or more like theatre, but this was a piece in which the visual was very important, like a painting. The most important element was the reet water. And "Washes" of course was reference to "water colors." so everything that was done was done mostly for a color effect, thought there was a dance element, and the dance was shaped by the obstacle of the water -- you can only move so fast in the water. It creates a certain kind of dance. (COA246)

Other additions to the Warhol Film Ads website are a Penthouse magazine article which mentions Antoine's visit with Warhol - a short film of Antoine's visit to New York is on You Tube at:

Antoine and Andy Warhol video

Antoine and NIco in New York

The article also includes one of the 'mole people' Orion who was also rumoured to be a witch and appeared in **** (Four Stars). Also added to the site is a Cavalier magazine interview with Warhol.

The Warhol Film Ads website is at:

From Marilyn to Mao: Andy Warhol's Famous Faces

25 May 2015: "From Marilyn to Mao: Andy Warhol's Famous Faces" opens at the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina on 12 June 2015 and runs until 13 September.

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Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen

24 May 2015: "Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen" opens at TIFF Bell Lightbox on 30 October 2015 and runs until 24 January 2016.

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Peter Hujar

23 May 2015: A number of interesting Warhol-related photographs by Peter Hujar appear on the Whitney page for him. These include photos of Andy Warhol, Candy Darling on her deathbed, and James Waring. Also of interest are the photos of "neo-Dada" artist May Wilson, Diana Vreeland, Divine and other cult figures. Hujar died in 1987 from AIDS-related pneumonia.

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Andy Warhol Retrospective

22 May 2015: The Andy Warhol retrospective, originally planned to open at the Whitney next year, has been moved to 2018. It is going to be a thematically arranged exhibition curated by Donna De Salvo.

Andy Warhol's "Master Printers"

21 May 2015: The Hamilton-Selway Fine Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition called "Unseen Warhol." The name of the exhibition, "Unseen Warhol," is the name of a book that was copyright in 1996 and has nothing to do with the exhibition.

The exhibition included an event where customers were invited to "to get “Warhol-ed” by two people referred to as Warhol's "Master Printers." On another site, one of the "Master Printers" also claims to have worked with Robert Rauschenberg, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Francesco Scavullo. (

According to the Hamilton-Selway press release, "both artists have joined forces to offer our clients the rare opportunity to commission a one-of-a-kind Warhol-style portrait."( On the gallery's Facebook page, the gallery offers "commissioned Warhol-like portraits on site."

The event at the gallery featuring the two people referred to as Warhol's "Master Printers" is covered on the gallery's website here: In the article they talk about "working with Andy at the legendary Factory." The legendary Factory is the silver Factory that existed in the '60s. These people are not from the '60s. By the time of the period they suggest they served as Warhol's "Master Printers," Warhol had stopped calling his offices the factory.

They may have worked for the person who did Warhol's screening, Rupert Smith, but that does not make them Warhol's "Master Printers." Rupert had his own studio. It was not part of Warhol's offices. Yet the director of the gallery is quoted in the press release as saying "Rarely has the public had the opportunity to hear the Warhol story by the people who worked hand in hand with the pop art legend."


20 May 2015: Criterion is releasing Lion's Love - the Agnès Varda film starring Viva - on 11 August 2015 - as part of a box set, Eclipse Series 43: Agnès Varda in California. Pre-orders are being accepted at: (Thanks VP.)

A No Man Show: An Evening with Andy Warhol (the puppet)

19 May 2015: The Museum Brandhorst will be presenting a puppet show, A No Man Show: An Evening with Andy Warhol, on 28 June 2015. Details at:

Deborah Kass' Most Wanted

18 May 2015: Deborah Kass' America’s Most Wanted, 1998-1999 opens at Sargent's Daughters in two days - on Wednesday 20 May - and runs until 28 June 2015. Kass' work references Warhol's 13 Most Wanted Men, with curators in place of criminals. Included is Donna De Salvo of the Whitney and Robert Storr, previously a Senior Curator at MoMA. Kass is on the board of the Andy Warhol Foundation of the Visual Arts and is probably best known for her pop paintings of Barbra Streisand as Yentl. She is represented by Vincent Fremont (ex-Vice President of Andy Warhol Enterprises) and the Paul Kasmin Gallery. Her website is at:

For details of the exhibition go to:

Andy Warhol: Myths and Legends

17 May 2015: Bring a can of Campbell's soup to today's "Souper Sunday Free Family Day" at the Art Museum of South Texas and it will be donated to the Food Bank of Corpus Christi. The event is being held in conjunction with their current Warhol exhibition, "Andy Warhol: Myths and Legends" (8 May - 18 July 2015). A lunch was held on 8 May to open the exhibition with Missy and Wes Cochran. (See:

Details of the "Souper Sunday:" at:

Andy Warhol: The Photographs

16 May 2015: There will be a closing party tonight for "Andy Warhol: The Photographs" at the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach. Details at:

Andy Warhol's Mona Lisa

15 May 2015: Footage of yesterday's auction of Andy Warhol's Colored Mona Lisa for $50 million can be found at:

The work was known just as Mona Lisa during the 1960s. Its first exhibition in a public gallery was at the Washington Gallery of Modern Art in Washington, D.C. as part of "The Popular Image" exhibition.

The Chelsea Girls and I, A Man in Los Angeles

14 May 2015: Alfredo García has made some additions to his fascinating Warhol Film Ads site. In the 7 April 1967 section, he's added two L.A. Free Press ads - one for The Chelsea Girls at the Cinema Theater and another announcing "Mark Davidson turns on Andy Warhol" on Channel 9 - See:

Under 16 February 1968 he's added an article and ad on the "heterosexual Warhol movie," I, A Man, at the Cinematheque 16 in Los Angeles - see

Andy Warhol's I a Man ad in LA Free Press

David James has written written about the Cinema Theater and Cinematheque 16 in his excellent book, The Most Typical Avant-Garde: History and Geography of Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles. About the Cinema Theater he writes the following:

In the early 1960s the Cinema Theatre was one of half a dozen art houses in Los Angeles, part of the Art Theatre Guild, a national chain of twenty-nine theaters owned by Louis K. Sher. Twenty-three-year old Mike Getz, Sher's nephew and its manager, was supplementing the increasingly remunerative exploitation market with first-run exposure for the French New Wave and independent American features such as The Connection. Approached by John Fles, a local poet and critic who had for several years been screening experimental films from the National Film Board of Canada and the New York underground at the Unicorn coffeehouse on Sunset Strip, Getz agreed to allow him to begin midnight screenings at the Cinema Theatre. By this time, Fles had assembled an extensive mailing list, to which he announced the screening of two recently completed works, Stan Brakhage's Dog Star Man and Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures. Fles's mailer read, "October 12, 471 years ago, Columbus discovered America. Today you discover the New American Cinema!" The term "New American Cinema" had been current in New York for at least two years, and the midnight screenings at the Charles and Bleeker [sic] Street theatres in new York were sufficiently renowned in Los Angeles to attract to the Cinema Theatre a crowd estimated at five hundred by Arthur Knight, then a USC professor and occasional critic for the Los Angeles Times. (DJM222) [See also]

Louis K. Sher was also the founder of Sherpix which would later distribute Flesh and Lonesome Cowboys - see

About the Cinematheque 16, James writes:

In the mid-1960s Los Angeles's alternative film culture was so strong that the eight-hundred-seat Cinema Theatre [where Sleep had made its L.A. premiere] was selling out every Saturday and Sunday night, and a parallel venue opened on Sunset Strip in June 1966. In 1964, Robert Lippard, an exploitation producer, had bought a theater with only 16 mm capability, intending to show nudie-cuties, but when Sunset Strip boomed as a mecca for the hippie culture, these proved unprofitable. Lewis Teague, an NYU graduate in film studies who had come to Los Angeles on an apprentice director program at Universal and had in fact directed an episode of the Alfred Hitchcock Hour for television, offered to manage it as an art house. Calling it Cinematheque 16, Teague began with weekly programs alternating between European art films and the emerging American avant-garde. The art films proved as unsuccessful as the nudie-cuties, but when advertised as "Psychedelic Film Trips," films by Brakhage Emshwiller, later Warhol, and locals including John and James Whitney, Stanton Kaye, and Peter Mays immediately knit into the local music and drug cultures and became very successful, easily sustaining a week's run for each program and, in the case of the Warhol films, becoming very profitable. Teague supplemented the regular schedules with open screenings (to which Jim Morrison brought his student films), and the other theater became an integral part of the Strip culture. Noting Teague's success, Frank Woods, a theatrical entrepreneur and producer, bought the theater and opened another Cinematheque 16 in Pasadena, which quickly failed, and in San Francisco, which became as successful as the one on Sunset Strip. In the late 1960s the Cinematheque 16 screenings and especially the midnight screenings at the Cinema Theatre were the sustaining institutions of the Los Angeles counterculture. (DJM225) [See also:]

Third-graders do the Factory

13 May 2015: Third graders at the Dutchess Day School in the Hudson Valley - not far from Poughkeepsie where Billy Name was born - are paying homage to Andy Warhol by exhibiting paintings they created in the style of Warhol at an exhibition called "The Factory" - now on show at the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services gallery space, 6384 Mill Street, until 30 May. Details at:

Yoko Ono

12 May 2015: "Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971" opens on the sixth floor of MoMA on 17 May 2015 and continues until 7 September 2015. See: A great picture of Yoko, John Lennon and Andy Warhol by David Bourdon can be found at:

Although not part of this show, in 1971 Yoko invited Andy to participate in her exhibition, Water Talk, and Warhol produced a video involving a water cooler which was shown on a monitor during the exhibition with a copy of the videocassette displayed next to it:

From Andy Warhol 365 Takes by the staff of the Andy Warhol Museum:

Andy Warhol's only intentionally produced piece of 'video art' came about when Yoko Ono invited him to participate in her exhibition entitled Water Talk, held at the Everson Museum in Syracuse, New York, in October 1971. The invitation asked that Warhol and other invited artists 'produce with her a water sculpture, by submitting a water container or idea of one which would form half of the sculpture. Yoko will supply the other half - water." For the project, Warhol chose to create a videotape - a single 32 minute take of a water cooler from a fixed camera position, the soundtrack consisting of a group of friends, including himself and Paul Morrissey, gossiping around the water cooler at the Factory. At the exhibition, Water was shown on a monitor and a videocassette copy was displayed alongside. Yoko Ono had wanted to immerse the cassette in water as per the premise of the show, but Warhol refused.

Water, 1971/ 1/2" videotape, black and white, sound, 32 min.

Artist Rooms: Andy Warhol

11 May 2015: "Artist Rooms: Andy Warhol" will be at the Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery from 16 October 2015 to 31 January 2016. See:

Rob Pruitt and Peter Brant

10 May 2015: The Brant Foundation Art Study Center is hosting a private party tonight to celebrate the opening of "Rob Pruitt's 50th Birthday." Pruitt was the creator of The Andy Monument that graced the streets of New York (See "The Andy Warhol statue is unveiled in New York.") His work was also included at the most recent Venice Biennale - see (Scroll down for Pruitt's Flea Market.)

The Brant Foundation is headed by Peter Brant who is the on-again-off-again-on-again owner of Interview magazine. Brant became an owner of Interview in the early seventies after Fred Hughes negotiated the sale of Interview shares belonging to Jerome Hill and his boyfriend Charles Rydell, to Brant and Joe Allen. In 1975 Brant gave up those shares in exchange for financing the appropriately titled film, Andy Warhol's Bad. According to Bob Colacello, it was "another complicated deal... though I believe it involved some paintings. (BC102)

In the summer of 1989 Hughes sold Interview back to Peter and his wife Sandy for $12 million. (BC503) Brant divorced Sandy in 1995 after fathering a child with supermodel Stephanie Seymour. According to the New York Times, "His former wife started a relationship with Interview’s editor at the time, Ingrid Sischy." (

Brant's new wife, Stephanie Seymour, had previously been involved with Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses fame. In August 1993, Axl sued Seymour for assault and for refusing to return $100,000 worth of jewels. Seymour denied assault although she admitted that she may have "grabbed his testicles." ("Bye Bye Love," People Magazine, 18 July 1994, No. 3)

Stephanie filed for divorce from Brant in 2009, alleging that Brant was too controlling. Brant claimed that she had cheated on him and abused drugs and alcohol. In 2011 they reconciled after Stephanie gave him a Navajo blanket - a "cherished memento."

In addition to being head of the Brant Foundation, Peter Brant is also the chairman and chief executive officer of the White Birch Paper Company. He is also on the board of trustees of the Museum of Contemporary Art in L.A., a member of the chairman's council of The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the producer of a number of films - Andy Warhol's L'Amour, Andy Warhol's Bad, Basquiat, Pollock, Andy Warhol: A Documentary (in conjunction with the PBS) and The Homesman starring Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep.

Details of the party can be found at: nowhere. (If you don't already know them, you haven't been invited.) Party snapshots to

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