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WARHOLSTARS NEWS
FEBRUARY 2006
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ANDY WARHOL AT CHILDREN'S MUSEUM

The Children's Museum in Manhattan has recreated Warhol's "Painting for Children" exhibition that took place at Bruno Bischofberger's gallery in Zurich in the the early 1980s. The exhibition will run until May 28, 2006 and includes workships where visitors can make their own screen prints and, for younger children, the opportunity to dress up in costumes based on Warhol's Myths series. Details on the museum's website at: www.cmom.org/exhibits/index.html.

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NAM JUNE PAIK DIES

Korean born artist Nam June Paik died on Sunday, January 29, 2006 in Miami. Born July 20, 1932, he was 73 years old at the time of his death. Paik was involved with the Fluxus movement and is often referred to as the originator of video art. In 1974 he coined the term, "superinformation highway" - particularly appropriate today in the age of the internet. He is survived by his brother, Ken Paik, of Kamakura, Japan and his nephew, Ken Paik Hakuta, who manages Paik's studio in New York.

Nam June Paik:

"... when in 1960 I did some sort of performance art, it was very nice at first. You know, I got kind of known in Fluxus circles in Germany. And then I met Beuys, who was not yet known. Then I was approaching thirty-one and I got tired of performance art. At the same time also I needed to make some money and then I started to make some 'objets sonores' - you know, sound objects. Then, slowly, slowly, I got attracted to television. So I thought, 'Well, you know it's kind of nice to do the first video art.' I said 'electronic television art' at that time, since I was doing electronic music art, which was not doing too well. So then the first show was a hit and then the second show was a hit and the third show was a hit, so I stayed with this medium. And when I came to this American country, it was rather easier to raise money in television, because official television was so bad. You said, 'Oh, I'm working with television,' and everyone was throwing money at you, you know!... When we started out becoming an artist, we didn't aim or even think about becoming a famous artist. To take fame out of art, well, that's the most important thing. Lets make that the closing statement for today. To take fame out of the art world. That was the spirit of Fluxus."
(from: Nicholas Zurbrugg (ed.), Art, Performance, Media (University of Minnesota Press, 2004), pp. 287-90.)

A funeral service for Paik will be held on Friday, February 3, 2006 at Frank E. Campbell's Funeral Chapel in Manhattan.

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ULTRA VIOLET'S OPENING


(Photos: Kevin Kushel)

Top (L): Bibbe Hansen, Ultra Violet and unidentified man
(R): Playwright Bob Heide and Warhol star Taylor Mead
Bottom (L): Unidentified woman and Danny Nova
(R): Deborah Gregory with film genius, Albert Maysles

Guests at the opening of Ultra Violet's exhibition of multimedia works at the Stux Gallery on January 26, 2006 included Warhol stars Bibbe Hansen and Taylor Mead, along with other NY nightclubbers, artists and writers pictured above. The exhibition continues until February 18, 2006.

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GRAYSON PERRY AT THE WARHOL

An exhibition of works by British artist, Grayson Perry, opens at The Warhol museum on February 5, 2006 and runs until April 30, 2006. Perry, who often dresses as his alter ego, Claire (pictured above), won the Turner Prize in 2003 from a shortlist that also included Jake and Dinos Chapman, Willie Doherty and Anya Gallaccio. The exhibition at The Warhol will be Perry's first major exhibition in a U.S. museum. An opening party is planned for Saturday, February 4, 2006, with Perry in attendance discussing his art. Full details on The Warhol's site at: www.warhol.org.

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JOHNNY DODD


(Photos: Kevin Kushel)

Top (L): Michael Smith with Johnny Dodd's son, Fleming Lentakis
(R): Ellen Stewart, founder of La Mama
Bottom (L): Judith Malina, co-founder of The Living Theatre
(R): The ubiquitous Taylor Mead outside La Mama

The life and career of Johnny Dodd was celebrated on January 28, 2006 at a Coffeehouse Chronicle at La Mama in New York, organized by playwright Michael Smith. Dodd was featured in Warhol's film Haircut No. 3 and did the lighting for many of the legendary productions during the 1960s at La Mama, The Living Theatre and the Judson Church.

Dodd's son, Fleming Lentakis, announced at the event that, as requested by his father, he will be taking Johnny's ashes to India in April for dispersal.

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RED SNAPPER

The current stock listing of Red Snapper Books in London features some interesting Warhol-related items including a mint, unopened copy of the Index Book in its original packaging (£1,300), Aspen No. 3 (£650) and the original exhibition catalogue for Warhol's Thirteen Most Wanted Men at the Sonnabend Gallery (£375). A list of currently stocked items appears on their website at: www.redsnapperbooks.com.

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