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ANDY WARHOL NEWS
AUGUST 2004

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HOLLY WOODLAWN IS BACK!

Holly Woodlawn returns to New York this weekend, performing her new cabaret act on Saturday, August 14, 2004, at the trendy Fez Under Time Cafe in New York after having survived intensive care earlier this year after a fall.

Holly Woodlawn: "It's really got my juices going, picking out music and clothes. I feel like going back to New York City is like opening on Broadway... in nightclubs, you get an immediate reaction. If you're hot, and the audience is hot, there is no drug in the world like it. By the way, I am drug free." (as told to Rob Bailey at the Staten Island Advance.)

Tickets for Holly's show are available from Ticketweb. (There are still tickets available - but they will go quickly - book now if you want to see this show.)

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RODNEY B. ON DVD

Andy Warhol and Rodney BingenheimerMayor of the Sunset Strip, the documentary on L.A. club promoter and radio DJ, Rodney Bingenheimer will be released on DVD on August 17, 2004.

Although there is no Warhol footage in this film, it does feature some of the people whose lives intersected with Warhol in the seventies and eighties including Mick Jagger, Lance Loud (who wrote for Interview magazine), Beck (whose mother is Warhol star Bibbe Hansen), David Bowie and Debbie Harry.

A CD has also been released of music and dialogue from the film, including tracks by David Bowie, the Ramones, the Smiths, Courtney Love and L.A. punk band, X. The Amazon listing for the Mayor of the Sunset Strip CD, includes excerpts from the film's soundtrack that you can download.

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WARHOL COMES IN THIRD

The auction sales of works by artists born after 1860 accounted for 69.1% of the total Fine Art auction turnover in the first half of 2004, according to Artprice - the highest turnover for this segment of the art market ever. In the first half of 2003 modern works accounted for 61.9% of auction turnover.

Pablo Picasso ranked first for artists' turnover (at $192 million); Claude Monet came in second with sales of $46.5 million and Warhol came in third generating $37.7 million, giving him a higher rating than artists such as Degas, Renoir and Manet.

Jean Michel Basquiat made the top ten for the first time, with 28 lots selling for a total of $16 million.

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WARHOL IN LIECHTENSTEIN

Andy Warhol imposterAndy Warhol: The Late Works opened at the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein on June 13, 2004 and continues until September 12, 2004. The opening included a concert and speeches by the Head of the Government of the Principality of Liechtenstein and the American Cultural Attache, followed by a party. Liechtenstein is a country of only 62 square miles - about the size of the Bronx.

This is a major exhibition which was previously at the Museum Kunst Palast in Dusseldorf, Germany. It includes the Oxidation paintings, the Shadows series, the Physiological Diagrams, the Jean-Michael Basquiat collaborations and, of course, Warhol's Last Supper paintings.

The catalog for this show is outstanding - 3 volumes in a hard slipcover decorated with one of Warhol's Oxidation ("piss") paintings. One volume is devoted entirely to Warhol's photographs, films (Women in Revolt, Heat and L'Amour), videos (Andy Warhol's TV and Andy Warhol's Fifteen MInutes) and his books. It also includes three interviews from Interview magazine: Roman Polanski, Max Ernst and Mick Jagger. Although Amazon had sold out all copies of the catalog, they now have more in stock (click on title of the book once you reach the page.)

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WARHOL IN VANCOUVER

Vancouver Art GalleryAndy Warhol: Prints and Drawings from the Warhol Museum continues at the Vancouver Art Gallery until September 6, 2004. The show was curated by Daina Augaitis and Ian Thom from the gallery, with the help of the Andy Warhol Museum. It features more than 150 works, including drawings that Warhol made while still a student in the 1940s.

Robin Laurence: "The show opens with a few drawings Warhol produced in art school in the 1940s, revealing a cartoonish style and a fluid line that evolved into an expressive, saw-toothed one, and then into a burred line resembling that of a dry point... An unexpected revelation here is Warhol's early taste for the unsavoury everyday, including a 1940s drawing of a constipated woman sitting on a toilet. Perhaps what this indicates is a compulsion to shock that manifests itself in his later "Disaster" series, in which he appropriated tabloid photos of gruesome car crashes..."
(www.straight.com/content.cfm?id=4078)

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EXHIBITIONS

The Museum of Modern Art in midtown Manhattan re-opens on November 20, 2004 (www.moma.org); Eva Hesse at Hauser & Wirth Zurich continues until July 24 (www.hauserwirth.com); Cy Twombly continues at the Gagosian in London until July 31 (www.gagosian.com); Alice Neel is at the Victoria Miro Gallery in London until July 31 (www.victoria-miro.com); the Philip Pearlstein retrospective continues at the Galerie Haas & Fuchs through July (www.haasundfuchs.de);Gilbert & George will be at Lehmann Maupin during August 2004 (www.lehmannmaupin.com); Joseph Beuys continues at Artcore in Toronto through August 2004 (www.artcoregallery.com); Tony Scherman (www.tonyscherman.com) is at the Monte Clark Gallery in BC until July 24 (www.monteclarkgallery.com); The Armory Show in New York will take place March 11-14, 2005 (www.thearmoryshow.com);The RISD Fine Arts Biennial continues until July 9, 2004 (www.cofa.info); Ryan McGinley is at P.S.1 until September 27 (www.flasher.com); the Frieze Art Fair will take place in London from October 15 - 18, 2004; Disco: A Decade of Saturday Nights continues at the Henry Ford Museum (www.thehenryford.org/museum/default.asp) until September 15, 2004.

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