THE ANDY WARHOL BRIDGE
Yesterday, (November 16, 2004), a resolution was approved by the Allegheny County Council to rename the Seventh Street Bridge in Pittsburgh after Andy Warhol, who was born and raised in the city.
The resolution was passed unanimously. The bridge is one of three sister bridges connecting Downtown to the North Side. It was chosen because of its proximity to the Andy Warhol Museum.
A renaming ceremony is being planned for the Spring to coincide with the Warhol Museum's tenth anniversary.
A collection of photographs of the bridge appears here:
MUSTARD RACE RIOT SELLS FOR $15.1 MILLION
Andy Warhol's Mustard Race Riot sold for $15.1 million at the recent Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Art auction. The work was part of Warhol's Death and Disaster series from 1963. It was purchased by Raphael Yablonka, a dealer from Cologne, Germany and sold by Richard Lane, the Manhattan real estate developer, and his wife, Barbara, an interior designer. It was the second-highest amount paid for a work by Warhol at auction - the highest being the Orange Marilyn that was sold in 1998 by Sotheby's for $17.3 million.
Also sold at the Christie's auction was a sculpture by Roy Lichtenstein - Brushstroke Group - which topped Lichtenstein's previous high for a sculpture, selling for $3.36 million to art dealer Larry Gagosian.
EMPIRE AT MOMA
The Museum of Modern Art in New York will be celebrating the official re-opening of it's Manhattan location with a rare screening of the full length version of Andy Warhol's Empire, beginning at 2:30 pm on November 20, 2004. Other films to be shown on that date - all of which feature footage of the Museum - include Lovers and Lollipops (1955) by Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin; Architectural Millinery (1952) by Sidney Peterson; Shadows (1961 version) by John Cassavetes and Breaking it Up at the Museum by D.A. Pennebaker (1960).The website for Moma is at: www.moma.org.
The second reel of Empire, lasting approximately forty-six minutes, will also be shown at the Virginia Film Festival on Saturday, October 30, 2004, along with Michael Snow's Wavelength. Details for the festival are at: www.vafilm.com.
ALFIE STAR TO PLAY EDIE?
Sienna Miller, who plays the part of Nikki in the current re-make of Alfie, is currently in talks with the producers of the forthcoming Edie Sedgwick biopic, Factory Girl. George Hickenlooper is scheduled to direct Edie the film which features a screenplay by Wonderland screenwriter Captain Mauzner. Miller is currently working on an untitled film (working title: Casanova Project) directed by Lasse Hallström.
There have been various past attempts by Hollywood to bring Edie's life to the big screen, but this will be the first to get to production stage. During the 1980s Warren Beatty had planned to direct a film based on Jean Stein's excellent biography, Edie, An American Biography, but Beatty's project never materialized. Molly Ringwald was rumoured to be playing Edie at one time.
Filming on Factory Girl is due to start in late January 2005. The website for the new Alfie film is at: www.alfiemovie.com.
MAX'S KANSAS CITY IN COPENHAGEN
Photos and information about the recent Max's Kansas City exhibit at the Copenhagen Contemporary Art Centre are at: www.nikolaj-ccac.dk/aktuel/aktuel-uk.html.
The exhibit included photos by Billy Name, "tit" paintings by Brigid Berlin and works by Dan Flavin, Ray Johnson and Robert Rauschenberg, among others. Many of the photographers in the exhibit were also featured in Yvonne Sewall's excellent account of the era: High on Rebellion: Inside the Underground at Max's Kansas City, including Anton Perich, Leee Black Childers and Bob Gruen, which can be purchased at the Max's website at www.maxskansascity.com. The catalogue from the Copenhagen show will be available for purchase on the Max's site soon.
The exhibition's website has a curatorial note by visual artist Jacob Fuglsang Mikkelsen. A selection of Mikkelsen's work, including a portrait of Quentin Crisp, is at: www.jayfugmik.com.