February 24, 2017: Blake Gopnik will be giving a lecture on "Andy Warhol's Screen Gems" at the Pomona College Museum of Art on Thursday, March 2, 2017. The focus will be on Warhol's use of silkscreening in conjunction with the exhibition "NOW SCREENING: Andy Warhol Prints," which runs at the museum from January 17 to May 14, 2017.
Gopnik is currently working on a biography of Warhol called Andy Warhol: A Life as Art.
February 22, 2017: Andy Warhol died today in 1987. I've always thought that if you want to know the real Warhol, look at his medical records and his bank accounts (and read the catalogue raisonné).
In regard to his medical records, a retired surgeon (who is a relative of Pop expert Hal Foster) was interviewed recently by Blake Gopnik over the telephone. Gopnik is writing a biography of Warhol.
The retired surgeon, Dr. John Ryan, confirmed that the gallbladder surgery Warhol had just before he died, was "major surgery" in a very "sick person." Previously, Warhol's operation has been described as "routine." Warhol's personal doctor indicated that the artist's health was "good" on his hospital admission papers.
Night Class: a downtown memoir by Victor P. Corona
February 5, 2017: Victor P. Corona's Night Class: a downtown memoir will be published in July 2017. Corona, who was once dubbed "Professor of Nightlife," is a Sociologist who was educated at Columbia and Yale and currently teaches at New York University. The book follows Corona's voyage from a life in the suburbs as a young Mexican to the high life of New York City's underground - a world populated by drag queens, Warhol superstars and the notorious Club Kid, Michael Alig, who gave talks to Corona's students at NYU not long after being released from prison for murder. Corona's experience as a Sociologist elevates the book from just a memoir to a fascinating study of the New York underground as it exists today and as it existed yesterday.
January 30, 2017: Maureen "Moe" Tucker, who played with the Velvet Underground, has posted a video of a woman being beheaded on her Facebook page. Tucker posted the video on Sunday as support for Donald Trump's racist immigration policies. The only problem is that the video takes place in Saudi Arabia and Saudi Arabia isn't on Trump's banned list. Tucker, who now lives in Georgia, should be ashamed of herself, particularly as she has children - Kerry, Keith, Austen, Kate, and Richard. Does she really want her children to grow up in a racist America?
Meanwhile, here in the U.K., a petition to prevent Trump's state visit to the U.K. has gathered over 1.6 million signatures. If you are resident in the U.K. you can sign it here.
January 29, 2017: A free panel discussion, "Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol: Encounters in New York and Beyond" will take place on February 19th at 7 PM at Howl Happening, 6 E. 1st Street in New York. Panelist Torsten Otte is the author of the book of the same name - published in the U.S. last year and due to be published in early February in the U.K. Heide is the author of the 60s play, The Bed, a version of which was filmed by Andy Warhol. Steding was the electric violinist that Warhol produced under "Earhole" productions for a short period of time. In addition to Otte, Heide and Steding, the panel will also include artist George Mason, photographer Jade Albert and Gala's ex-lover, William Rothlein.
January 27, 2017: Danny Says, the documentary about rock manager Danny Fields who worked for a number of bands, including Nico and The Doors, will be playing the ICA in London from January 27, 2017 to February 2, 2017. It is already available through iTunes in the states. The film will be available on DVD here in the UK in March. The ICA page is here.
Andy Warhol (April 3, 1978):
Tom Sullivan came by with Margaret Trudeau in a red dress... and then we went to Studio 54... Danny Fields was next to me and he had a great idea for a movie like Saturday Night Fever, about a boy who's straight but wants to be the bst faggot in town because he sees all the fags having such a good time and he thinks it would be more fun. It's the Ronnie Cutrone story."
January 26, 2017: New York counter-culture icon and jazz vocalist, Joey Arias, will be performing in London at Brasserie Zédel (in the "Live at Zédel" room) from February 11 to February 14, 2017. Not to be missed. Details here.
January 24, 2017: The opening reception for the "Andy Warhol: The Pop Image Subverted" exhibition at the Marshall Fine Arts Center in Pennsylvania takes place this Friday, January 27, 2017. The exhibition runs from January 27 to April 23, 2017. Details here.
January 18, 2017: Three new Board Members and a new Chair have been appointed to the Warhol Foundation. The new Board members include the publisher of the Independent Film and Video Monthly, Ruby Lerner. Details on Artforum here.
Lerner was also the founding Executive Director and President of Creative Capital, Executive Director of the Association of Independent Film and Videomakers (AIVF) and Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS, a coalition of Southeastern performing artists based in Atlanta, Georgia.
January 17, 2017: I have added to the 1980s section of this site the following entry:
MARCH 25, 1981: EDWARD WALLOWITCH DIES.
Edward Wallowitch was an early boyfriend of Warhol. He was a photographer and his photographs served as the source for quite a few of Warhol's Campbell's Soup Can paintings, including Five Campbell's Soup Cans, Big Crushed Campbell's Soup Can (Cream of Chicken), Four Campbell's Soup Cans, Small Campbell's Soup Can, 19₵ (Chicken Noodle), Big Campbell's Soup Can, 19¢, Big Campbell's Soup Can with Can Opener (Vegetable), Small Crushed Campbell's Soup Can (Beef Noodle), Crushed Campbell's Soup Can (Beef Noodle), Big Crushed Campbell's Soup Can (Beef Noodle), Big Torn Campbell's Soup Can (Pepper Pot), Small Torn Campbell's Soup Can (Pepper Pot), Big Torn Campbell's Soup Can (Pepper Pot). (The source for the Campbell's Soup Can paintings shown at the Ferus Gallery was an image of the Campbell's logo that they used on their company envelope.) A photograph by Wallowitch was also the source of Warhol's One Dollar Bill painting.
In his diary, Warhol mentions being informed of Wallowitch's death by his brother, the pianist John Wallowitch:
Andy Warhol (April 21, 1981):
"... John Wallowitch called. I raved to him about seeing him playing the piano on cable TV, and I told him to come to the office. He was calling to tell me that his brother Eddie, my first boyfriend about twenty-five years ago - that he just went down to Florida to visit Eddie and found hm bloated and dead in his house. He'd been drinking, gone off A.A and had a fit. He always got depressed and I never knew why because he was good-looking and he was a photographer. John didn't want to look at the body, so a friend came over and identified it."
Untitled (Centrefold I), c. 1960s by May Wilson
January 11, 2017: The exhibition of collages by May Wilson at the Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York closes this Saturday, January 14th. Wilson was known for her often ironic collages and sculptures during the 60s. Her work was included in the ground-breaking group exhibition, "New Media - New Forms: In Painting and Sculpture" at the Martha Jackson Gallery in 1960, two years before Sidney Janis' "The New Realists" show, when Pop artists were being referred to as "Neo-Dada." Her work was also included in the "Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists 1958-1968" exhibition in 2010/11 in Philadelphia and Brooklyn.
May Wilson was the mother of art writer William S. Wilson (who was the cousin of the recently deceased owner of the Phoenix Book Store, Robert A. Wilson - whose NY Times Obituary is here.) Valerie Solanas kept her gun under May Wilson's bed before she used it to shoot Andy Warhol. William S. Wilson was the author of the often quoted "Prince of Boredom" article about Warhol here - commissioned by Mario Amaya who was the other person shot by Solanas when she shot Warhol in 1968.
The website for Pavel Zoubok is here.
January 8, 2017: I have updated the following years on the timeline - click on the year to go the appropriate page.
January 7, 2017: The opening reception for the Andy Warhol exhibition at The Cole Art Center in Texas will take place on January 26, 2017 at 6 pm. The show includes photos, prints and the Silver Clouds. The exhibition will run January 26 - March 5, 2017. Website here.
Luis Vuitton window by Farhad Moshiri (the format of the painting brings to mind Warhol's S & H Green Stamps)
January 6, 2017, The first exhibition organized by The Warhol Museum's new Milton Fine Curator of Art, Jose Carlos Diaz, will be the work of Iranian Pop artist, Farhad Moshiri.
Similar to Warhol, who first exhibited his Pop paintings as part of a window display for retailer Bonwit Teller, Moshiri has also displayed his art in shop windows. In 2011 Luis Vuitton commissioned him to do four works of art for the windows of their UAE stores. (The Bonwit Teller building that displayed Warhol's paintings was demolished in 1980 and replaced by one of the tackiest buildings in New York - Trump Tower.)
Moshiri's show is due to open in October, 2017 at The Warhol Museum. The artist is currently represented by the Gallerie Perrotin. A selection of his works can be found on their website here.
Front cover of After Andy: Adventures in Warhol Land by Natasha Fraser
January 5, 2017: The daughter of Lady Antonia Fraser has written a book about her adventures in "Warhol land" which will be published in August, 2017. Natasha Fraser worked for Andy Warhol Enterprises during the '80s. (Her mother is an Earl's daughter and, hence, a "Lady." In the '80s her mother married the playwright, Harold Pinter, and she has written a considerable amount of books about royalty in addition to a series of detective novels written under a pseudonym.)
Lady Antonia's daughter, Natasha Fraser (full name Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni ), is a high-profile fashion journalist who has also worked for the Chanel fashion house and is the author of a biography of the Hollywood producer Sam Spiegel. Her book about the time she spent working for Warhol will be published by Blue Rider Press - an imprint of the Penguin Random House Group. Details here.
Andy Warhol, Ingrid Superstar and unknown girl with hat (Photo: Larry Fink)
January 4, 2017: Larry Fink's photographs of Andy Warhol and his entourage will be published by Damiani in April, 2017. The 128 page book Fink on Warhol: New York Photographs of the 1960s (not yet listed on the publisher's website) will sell for $50.
Ingrid Superstar (pictured with Warhol, above), went missing in December 1986. She is presumed dead but her body has never been found.
Andy Warhol (Wed., Feb. 4, 1987):
And the Post had a picture of Ingrid Superstar with a big story: "Warhol Star Vanishes." I thought she was going to be at the reunion Billy Name is setting up. I wonder if Gerard gave this to the papers just to get his name in. Brigid never even told me they called about her. I would've cared that Ingrid was missing. People magazine had been calling because they're doing a story on Ivy Nicholson and they wanted me to give a quote and for her. I did tell Brigid to tell People we'd "never heard of her," but that was only because it was Ivy - Ingrid I would've cared about. But I bet something did happen to her. It said she went out for a pack of cigarettes and never came back. This is in upstate New York. (AWD800)
More on Ingrid Superstar, here.
January 3, 2017: Taschen will be publishing a boxed set of reproductions of Warhol's self-published artist books in August 2017. Costing $200.00, the set will include Love Is A Pink Cake, 25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy, À la Recherche du Shoe Perdu, A Is for Alphabet and Wild Raspberries. Includes an introductory essay by Nina Schleif who curated the "Reading Warhol" exhibition in 2013 - 2014.
January 1, 2017: I have considerably revised my essay on Andy Warhol's film, The Chelsea Girls. Included are the dates it played at different venues in New York during 1966 to 1967, the trip to Cannes in '67, a time frame for Nico's dates as a solo artist at the Dom (and the Velvet Underground at The Gymnasium), the ban in Boston, the Los Angeles and San Francisco premieres, and the first screenings of the film in the U.K. The new essay is here.
Brigid Berlin prepares her syringe in The Chelsea Girls