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ANDY WARHOL NEWS
DECEMBER 2003

GLAMOUR, GLORY AND MELBA ...

Glamour Glory and Gold programThe revival of "Glamour, Glory and Gold, The Life and Legend of Nola Noonan Goddess and Star," written by deceased Warhol star Jackie Curtis, will be at LaMama from December 4th - 14th. The production is being directed by Jackie's cousin Joey Preston and features D'arcy Drollinger in the title role of Nola Noonan.

The actress who played Nola Noonan in the original 1967 production was Melba LaRose, Jr. Melba also appeared in Jackie Curtis's second play, "Lucky Wonderful." I've done an interview with her via email in which she talks about both productions as well as her off-stage friendship with both Jackie Curtis and Candy Darling. The full interview with Melba appears here.

Further details about the current production of "Glamour, Glory and Gold" are on the LaMama web site at: www.lamama.org.

Also of interest to Jackie Curtis fans is an account by Simeon Coxe of the Silver Apples who composed and played the music for John Vacarro's production of "Cockstrong" - starring Jackie. His account of the production is here.

THE CHELSEA GIRLS: THE 20 MINUTE SILENCE

Andy Warhol's The Chelsea Girls posterI've had an enquiry from a site-user about the Italian video company, Rarovideo, who recently released "The Chelsea Girls" on DVD. On the split-screen version they have released there is a period of complete silence lasting approximately 20 minutes. During this time, there is no sound on either side of the screen even though there is dialogue going on. According to Rarovideo, this was "carried out according to the instructions of The Andy Warhol Foundation - they specifically requested that Reel 8, Mary Menken, is silent throughout the playing of this reel, while Reel 7 is to play and then go silent which it does..."

The only problem with this explanation is that the copyright to these films is not owned by the Foundation. The Andy Warhol Museum owns the copyright to Warhol's films and the Museum has not authorized any of the films that are on being sold by Rarovideo. The Rarovideo films are unauthorized bootlegs which do not correspond to the original versions. The silence on Rarovideo's version of The Chelsea Girls lasts such a long time that it gives the impression that the DVD is defective.

The best place to see the properly restored versions of Warhol's films is either at the Andy Warhol Museum or at a public showing of the official licensed footage. If you can't get to the Museum, the best way to see these films is to get a cinema, film society or college in your area to contact the Andy Warhol Museum and arrange for a local showing. The Museum's web site is at www.warhol.org.

Another site-user has brought to my attention an interesting article that recently appeared in the Austin Chronicle by Louis Black about the time when his graduate film society rented The Chelsea Girls in 1982. At that time, in order to rent the film, you also had to "rent" Ondine to come and show it. Ondine stayed with Black while in Texas and also visited Sterling Morrison while he was in Austin.

Louis Black: "On his last night in Austin, he [Ondine] cooked beef Stroganoff for us (dressed in his bright red pajamas, once a skinny speed freak, he was now clean and more ample). We were used to more humble graduate student fare (hamburgers, spaghetti, chili, etc.). It was quite a celebration. We talked of Warhol, whom he really loved though they sometimes had their rocky periods. Later he would tell us that 'There's no one as fabulous as he [Warhol] is. He's just a marvelous, marvelous person or a marvelous, marvelous non-person, whatever you want to call him. There's something about him that's magic and it may be the fact that there's nothing there.'"

The full article by Louis Black appears at: www.austinchronicle.com/issues/dispatch/2003-10-17/screens_feature.html

SUPERSTAR TV

Andy Warhol superstars on TV this month in the U.S. in non-Warhol films include: Mary Woronov in Death Race 2000 on AMC (American Movie Classics) at 3:45 am on December 25th; Joe Dallesandro in Gun Crazy (with Drew Barrymore) on ACT (Encore's Action Channel) on November 30 at 12:10 am; Joe Dallesandro in Sunset (with Bruce Willis and Mariel Hemmingway) on nine different nights in December beginning December 4th at 12:20 pm on West (Encore's Western Channel).
Also, don't miss Barry Z on New York cable channel 35/99 who will be doing interviews at the dress rehearsal of "Glamour, Glory and Gold" on December 3rd. Check your local listings for the times.

AUCTIONS

Last month's contemporary art auctions at Christie's, Sotheby's and Phillips produced some interesting results.

At the Christie's auction, a 1964 Warhol "Self-Portrait" (with a $900,000 high estimate) was purchased for $1.4 million by Andrew Fabricant - the director of the Richard Gray Gallery in Manhattan. He also successfully bid for Jasper Johns' "Gray Numbers" (1957) which went for $5.2 million (slightly above the $5 million low estimate) and also purchased the painting that produced the evening's highest price - a 1963 untitled Rothko that went for $7.1 million (exceeding its $6 million high estimate.)

At Sotheby's on the following night, Peter Brant sold several of the many paintings he owns by Warhol and Basquiat. Brant was part-owner of Interview magazine in the early seventies when he purchased the shares previously owned by Jerome Hill and Charles Rydell. Brant's wife, Sandy was the Director of Advertising at Interview. (Susan Blond worked for Interview as her assistant beginning in 1972.) Brant also financed the film Andy Warhol's "Bad" - which he agreed to do in 1975, providing that he could get out of financing the magazine.

Among the paintings sold by Brant at the Sotheby's auction was an untitled Basquiat (Two Heads on Gold) from 1982 which brought the third highest price of the evening - going for $4.6 million - over a million dollars above its high estimate of $3.5 million.

At Philips the following evening, another Basquiat from a different seller also exceeded its high estimate when a self-portrait from 1985 went for $647,500, almost $50,000 more than its high estimate of $600,000. However, at the Phillips auction, a Warhol Mao from 1973 failed to find a buyer.

INTERNATIONAL

The Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt, Germany (Museum fur Modern Kunst) is currently exhibiting fifteen of Andy Warhol's Time Capsules. They will be on display until February 29, 2004. (www.mmk-frankfurt.de)

The Prints of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again), organized by the Warhol Museum, travels to Indiana on December 6th and will continue until February 22, 2004. The exhibition takes place at the Northern Indiana Arts Association, Munster, IN.

The Andy Warhol exhibition of almost 100 works continues at the Galerie im alten Rathaus in Prien, Germany continues through March, 2004.

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