Philip Pearlstein at the Saatchi Gallery

An exhibition of recent work by Philip Pearlstein opened on Wednesday, 17 January, 2018 at the Saatchi Gallery in London and continues until 25 March 2018. An interview with Pearlstein can be found in the Spectator. Pearlstein was Warhol's first flatmate, went to college with him and accompanied him on exploratory trips to New York prior to moving there. Warhol first met Tina Fredericks on one of those exploratory trips, prior to moving to New York. Although Fredericks has been quoted as though she commissioned him for one of his first jobs after he arrived in New York, Warhol claimed that he had actually first approached her on one of his exploratory trips with Philip:

Andy Warhol:

I went to Carnegie Tech. Phillip Pearlstein was going to New York during a semester break, so I took a shopping bag and we took a bus. We took our portfolios and showed them around New York to see if we could get jobs. The lady from Glamour, Tina Fredericks, said that when I got out of school she'd give me a job. So I got out and came back. That was my first job. (KG235)

More about Pearlstein and Warhol here (including reproductions of the paintings by Pearlstein that appeared in Life magazine when Pearlstein was still a student).

Claire Henry, Anastasia James, Blake Gopnik and Sheelagh Bevan

Claire Henry, Anastasia James, Blake Gopnik and Sheelagh Bevan will be speaking at the symposium, Displaying Warhol: Exhibition as Interpretation, to be held April 12-13, 2018 at Vassar College and at SUNY New Paltz. 

Claire Henry is currently putting the finishing touches on the forthcoming volumes of the Andy Warhol Film cat. rais.; Anastasia James has curated or assisted on both Warhol and Ray Johnson exhibitions and is the co-editor of Billy Name: The Silver Age and Brigid Berlin Polaroids; Blake Gopnik is the author of a soon to be published biography of Andy Warhol; and Sheelagh Bevan presented The Warhol Museum's "Andy Warhol by the Book" exhibition at the Morgan Library.

The symposium is part of the Warhol x 5 series of exhibitions, which begins with 'Marking Time," curated by Reva Wolf (author of Andy Warhol, Poetry and Gossip in the 1960s and the editor of the exhibition's catalogue.) (See below.)

Details on the SUNY New Paltz site.

Anthony d'Offay denies sex allegations over Andy Warhol exhibition

The Guardian newspaper is running a story that the art dealer Anthony d'Offay "is facing allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour from three women with whom he has worked." According to the Guardian, One woman claims he offered a Warhol show to her, previously having "lunged at" her with "his mouth wide open," before she pushed him back shouting, "No, Anthony, absolutely no!"

D'Offay has issued a statement: "I am appalled these allegations are being levelled against me and I categorically deny the claims being made. I am completely unaware of any police investigation. If there is one, then police time is being wasted."

None of the women have been named, although a Met Police spokesman confirmed to the Guardian that they received one allegation of "malicious communications" on Wednesday 20 December. One of the examples given of the alleged sexual harassment is d'Offay sending one of the women a birthday card described as "a rare postcard" of a "drawing of a courtesan on a chaise lounge," with his birthday message, "Happy birthday. This reminds me of you." (Is that a compliment or harassment? If a woman had sent a similar card featuring a rare drawing of a masculine image to a man, would the male recipient have felt harassed? Should different rules apply to people on the basis of their gender?)

Four days ago French icon Catherine Deneuve was one of 100 signatories on a letter criticising the "witch-hunt" that has grown out of the Weinstein scandal that is now spreading to other industries. There have been many "allegations" of sexual harassment, but how many actual legal charges have been brought?

Deneuve's letter states:

Rape is a crime. But trying to pick up someone, however persistently or clumsily, is not — nor is gallantry an attack of machismo.

The Harvey Weinstein scandal sparked a legitimate awakening about the sexual violence that women are subjected to, particularly in their professional lives, where some men abuse their power. This was necessary. But what was supposed to liberate voices has now been turned on its head: We are being told what is proper to say and what we must stay silent about — and the women who refuse to fall into line are considered traitors, accomplices!

Just like in the good old witch-hunt days, what we are once again witnessing here is puritanism in the name of a so-called greater good, claiming to promote the liberation and protection of women, only to enslave them to a status of eternal victim and reduce them to defenceless preys of male chauvinist demons...

Deneuve later confirmed that "she stood by the statement" despite news agencies reporting otherwise. (One wonders what the new puritans would think of Serge Gainsbourg if he was still around today.)

Neither the police, nor the Guardian are claiming that any of the allegations against Mr. d'Offay constitute criminal behaviour on his part.

The Guardian article about D'Offay is here.


Five different Andy Warhol exhibitions will be taking place in 2018 at five different museums under the heading of "Warholx5." Events include a symposium on April 12 - 13, 2018 at SUNY New Paltz. The exhibitions are as follows:

Details on the SUNY New Paltz site.

Andy Warhol Drag and Draw: The Unknown Fifties

Andy Warhol drag and draw book

Nina Schleif's new book on Warhol's work of the fifties which focuses on his drawings of his friends in drag will be published in January 2018 under the title Andy Warhol Drag and Draw: The Unknown Fifties. Details on the Hirmer Publishers website.

More on the Warhol fifties on page 22 of "Andy Warhol: from Nowhere to Up There."

Merry Christmas from warholstars

Ant Hamlyn - Everything's alright

Everything's going to be alright, 2017

Artist: Ant Hamlyn (www.anthamlyn.co.uk)

(click on image to play)

The Chelsea Girls 2018

Andy Warhol's film The Chelsea Girls will be the subject of an upcoming book, published by D.A.P. and The Andy Warhol Museum. Edited by Geralyn Huxley and Greg Pierce, it will include an essay by Gus Van Sant (director of Drugstore Cowboy, To Die For, and Gerry.) Also includes contributions by Patrick Moore and Signe Warner Watson.

The book will include unpublished archival materials and will reproduce the alternation of sound between the left and right hand screens in a printed transcript. There will also be transcriptions of at least some of the unheard reels.

The book is due to be published on April 24, 2018. It is just one of the many Warhol related books that will be coming out next year prior to the opening of the Andy Warhol retrospective at the Whitney. (See Below).

More information on The Chelsea Girls:

Andy Warhol's The Chelsea Girls - 3 page essay

The Chelsea Girls by Susan Pile

The Chelsea Girls Condensed

The Chelsea Girls at Jonas Mekas' Cinematheque

The Chelsea Girls in L.A.

More on The Chelsea Girls here

Andy Warhol retrospective opens at the Whitney in November 2018

The Andy Warhol Retrospective, curated by Donna De Salvo, will take place at the Whitney from November 2018, with no end date yet established. The exhibition will then tour to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in spring 2019 and to the Art Institute of Chicago in the autumn 2019.

Anastasia James is appointed curator at SUNY New Paltz

Anastasia Rygle James

Anastasia James
(Photo: Michael Zagaris)

SUNY New Paltz and the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art have announced that Anastasia James will be the museum's new curator of exhibitions, beginning October 2, 2017.

James was the assistant curator for the "13 Most Wanted Men" exhibition at the Queens Museum and helped to produce the catalogue for the show which I highly recommend. It's definitely on my top ten list of Warhol exh. cats. A brochure about the show can still be found online here.

Anastasia was previously Anastasia Rygle but became Anastasia James after marrying Dagon James, who was the editor of Lid magazine and also edited, along with Anastasia, Billy Name: The Silver Age and Polaroids by Brigid Berlin. (They are also the proud parents of the world's cutest baby.)

The Dorsky Museum's announcement can be found here.

Michael Smith to publish Robert Heide's plays

Michael Smith will be publishing a collection of plays by Robert Heide this autumn. Heide was one of the Caffe Cino playwrights and wrote the play version of The Bed which inspired Warhol's film of the same name.

Village Voice ad (April 28, 1966) for Andy Warhol's Bed, "based on a play by Robert Heide."

An interview with Robert Heide recently appeared in The Brooklyn Rail. The website for Smith's publishing house, Fastbooks, is here.

John Ashbery dies

The poet John Ashbery died yesterday, Sunday, September 3, 2017. Ashbery's link to Andy Warhol and Gerard Malanga is well documented in Reva Wolf's book, Andy Warhol, Poetry, and Gossip in the 1960s (The University of Chicago Press, 1997). Besides being a prominent New York School poet, Ashbery also wrote prose, including an essay for the catalogue of the New Realists exhibition and an essay that was included in the catalogue for Warhol's first solo exhibition in Europe - the Death and Disaster series.

He is survived by his husband, David Kermani.

Obituaries can be found in The Guardian (UK) and The New York Times.

Larry Rivers at Tibor de Nagy

Jim Carroll by Larry Rivers

Jim Carroll Exposed, 1972
collage 40 1/4 x 30 1/4 inches

An exhibition of work by Larry Rivers, "(Re)Appropriations" opens at Tibor de Nagy on September 6, 2017 and continues until October 29, 2017. More than twenty paintings and sculptures by Rivers, from the mid-1950s to the late 1990s, will be on view. Details here.

Gerard Malanga film at CineInfinito

CineInfinito -  Gerard Malanga

Gerard Malanga's film, In Search of the Miraculous - inspired by Malanga's love for Bendetta Barzini - will be screened at CineInfinito #26 on September 7, 2017. Details here.

Gary Needham and Jean Wainwright to participate in Rise Gallery's Warhol event

According to the Croydon Guardian, Gary Needham and Jean Wainwright will be participating in what is referred to as "Warhol Croydon month" in the newspaper. According to the newspaper article, the month will include screenings of Warhol's "own iconic films." They do not indicate which Warhol films are going to be screened (for which, of course, permission would be required).

The event is being spearheaded by the Rise Gallery. The owner of the gallery, Kevin Zuchowski-Morrisson, will also be speaking at the event. He is described as "One of the world’s leading post-war pop art specialists" as well as a "philanthropist" and "social entrepreneur."

The Rise Gallery website currently lists ten Warhol prints, not paintings, on their website. It is unknown whether they are going to include any actual Warhol paintings in the exhibition. In their description of an Artist's Proof of the 1968 print, "Campbell's Soup I, Onion" (which is marked "sold"), they write "Warhol’s soup can portfolio was exhibited at the artist’s first solo show in the Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles. The prints were exhibited, resting on a mounted shelf as if in on display in a supermarket." This is incorrect. The Campbell's Soup Cans shown at the Ferus Gallery were paintings, not prints. They were a series of paintings, not a portfolio of prints. And, of course, the soup can prints the gallery is selling on their website were not among the paintings exhibited at the Ferus Gallery.

I am confused by at least one of their listings - the "After the Party" print. They do not list a print catalogue raisonné number for the work. There is a print with the same name listed in the print cat. rais., produced in an edition of 1,000 as it is also described on the gallery's website, but the size of the print is given in the cat. rais. as 54.6 cm by 77.5 cm. The size listed on the Rise Gallery's website is "94 x 71cm." In the print cat. rais. an image of the print is shown as signed and numbered in the lower right hand corner. In the Rise Gallery image, there appears to be a number in the lower right hand corner but not a signature although the work is described as "Signed by the artist." In the Rise Gallery description it does not indicate where the print is signed.

There are no specific dates for the promised film screenings or speakers listed on the Rise Gallery's website site yet.


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