MAX'S KANSAS CITY BENEFIT
The Max's Kansas City Project benefit auction took place on December 6, 2005 at the Hit Factory Studios in New York. Among the items successfully auctioned off for charity was Billy Name's double frame photograph of Andy Warhol and his superstars taken at Max's Kansas City in 1968. Billy's agent, Kevin Kushel, also organized a fashion segment which featured Warhol star Ivy Nicholson wearing dresses that belonged to the late Cyrinda Fox, while Ivy's daughter, the actress Penelope Palmer, modeled Spring 2006 fashions by Izzy, courtesy of of MAO PR (www.maopr.com).
BUNGALOW 8 DOORMAN TO PLAY ONDINE
The Page Six section of the New York Post is reporting that Armin Amiri, the doorman for NY nightclub Bungalow 8 has been cast as Ondine in the upcoming film about Edie Sedgwick - Factory Girl, which according the IMDB.com began filming on December 5, 2005. The cast listing at IMDB does not mention Amiri who is in currently in Louisiana.
THE CHELSEA HOTEL
Added to the links section this month is a website by an anonymous blogger on the Chelsea Hotel - with information on the literary and artistic output of former and current residents and regular news updates. Highly recommended. It's at: http://hotelchelseablog.com.
"A Brief History of Invisible Art" opened at the CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Arts (www.wattis.org) on November 30, 2005 and continues until February 21, 2006. It includes Andy Warhol's Invisible Sculpture originally shown at N.Y. nightclub Area. Other artists included the exhibition are: Art & Language, Michael Asher, Robert Barry, James Lee Byars, Maurizio Cattelan, Jay Chung, Trisha Donnelly, Tom Friedman, Carsten Holler, Bethan Huws, Bruno Jakob, Yves Klein, Glenn Ligon, Jonathan Monk and Gianni Motti.
CAVIAR-ICON REMOVED AT RUSSIAN POP ART EXHIBITION
Alexander Kosolapov's photo-collage Caviar-Icon, featuring the outline of an orthodox icon filled with black caviar against a gilded background was removed from the "Russian Pop Art" exhibition currently at Moscow’s new gallery at the State Tretyakov Museum after protests from viewers. According to the exhibition's curator, Russian Pop Art focuses on the interaction of mass media, consumerism and individual experience rather than the glorification of commercialism inherent in western Pop Art. The exhibition includes the work of a small group of Russian artists who formed in Moscow in the mid-1960s such as Mikhail Roginsky and Boris Turetsky, as well as contemporary Russian artists who make references to Warhol in their works. Mikhail Roshal's 1975 painting, Hi Andy, replaces Warhol's soup can with a jar of borscht made from "fresh vegetables and ready to eat." Yury Albert, has reconstructed Jasper Johns' Flag, substituting the stars on the flag with the Russian state symbols of product quality (the "Gosstandard"). Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe has a work on display called Monroe-Warhol-Monroe with the artist impersonating Warhol's image of Marilyn Monroe.
The website for the gallery is at: www.tretyakovgallery.ru.