BRIGID BERLIN AT GLENN HOROWITZ
Ultra Violet, John Waters and Brigid Berlin
at the Glenn Horowitz Gallery
An exhibition of Polaroids, memorabilia and artwork by Warhol star Brigid Berlin was celebrated at an opening party on November 17, 2005 at the Glenn Horowitz Gallery in New York. The exhibition includes Brigid's infamous Cock Book which was recently sold to artist Richard Prince for $175,000.
Details and photos from the opening here: http://newyorksocialdiary.com/socialdiary/2005/11_18_05/socialdiary11_18_05.php.
HENRY GELDZAHLER FILM
A new film about Warhol cohort and museum curator, Henry Geldzahler, was recently shown at the Hamptons International Film Festival under the title Who Gets To Call It Art? Produced by Peter Rosen Productions, the documentary is, presumably, the same film as the one listed on the company's website with the title, Henry. The poster for the documentary features David Hockney's 1969 painting, Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott. Artists appearing in the film include Frank Stella, Larry Poons, Francisco Clemente, John Chamberlain, along with filmmaker Jonas Mekas.
In his review at filmthreat.com, Phil Hall calls the film "one of the greatest art documentaries ever made" although noting that "Geldzahler was always open about his homosexuality, but curiously the film never goes in-depth to explore his private life. The audience never knows if he ever had serious romantic relationships, nor is it clued to the cause of his death in 1994, when he was shy of his 60th birthday."
The website for Peter Rosen Productions is at: www.peterrosenproductions.com.
STUDIO 54 AT PACHA
The opening night of Pacha nightclub in London on Friday, December 9, 2005 will be a celebration of New York 70s disco, Studio 54. The "Funky Room" will be transformed into a Pop Art lounge for the night as a tribute to Andy Warhol.
Details on their website: www.pachalondon.com.
PAT HACKETT DONATES WARHOL PHOTO
Pat Hackett, editor of the Andy Warhol Diaries and co-author of Popism, has donated a photograph of Andy Warhol to an art auction at the Mark Woolley Gallery in Oregon. The proceeds of the auction, which took place November 16, 2006, benefited Indigo Rescue - an organization that was instrumental in rescuing animals after the Katrina hurricane. Animal lover and Warhol cohort, Paige Powell, manned the telephones in the lead up to the auction.
Indigo Rescue is at: www.indigorescue.org.
A price record was set for an Andy Warhol silkscreen at the recent November Sotheby's auctions when a work from his 1981 dollar series was sold for $1.5 million - the highest price paid for a work from the series. In November 1999 a similar work from the same series was sold for less than $250,000.
"THEY SHARED A MAN AND NOW THEY SHARE A ROOM"
“Andy Warhol/ Supernova, Stars, Deaths and Disasters, 1962 - 1964" continues at the Walker Art Center until February 26, 2006. The curator, Douglas Fogle, offered the above explanation when asked about his decision to show Warhol's 16 Jackies "face to face" with Marilyn Diptych, adding “They’re the yin and yang of the show — the good girl versus bad girl.” The show, consisting of twenty six paintings, will travel to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago from March 18 - June 18, 2006, followed by the Art Gallery of Ontario in Canada from July 8 - October 1, 2006.
Details here: http://calendar.walkerart.org/canopy.wac?id=1531.
LATE MALE NUDES
"Andy Warhol: Late Male Nudes" continues at the Cheim and Read Gallery in New York until December 17, 2005. The exhibition consists of nude male photographs taken by Warhol from 1982 - 1987. Warhol's film, Blow Job, is being shown in a side room during the exhibit.
Press release here: www.cheimread.com/pressreleases/wapr05.htm.
POLLOCK AND WARHOL STOLEN FROM EVERHART
A Jackson Pollock painting and Andy Warhol silkscreen were stolen from the Everhart Museum in Pennsylvania on Friday morning, November 18, 2005. The Pollock, Springs Winter (1949), is valued over $11 million and the Warhol, Le Grande Passion, created for an ad campaign for Grand Passion cognac, is valued at approximately $15,000. The Pollock was on loan from a private collector.
Details at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/arts/4452858.stm.
FACTORY PEOPLE: NY AND LA
Interviews are being conducted this week in both New York and Los Angeles for Factory People, the upcoming French documentary series on Warhol's Factory during the 1960s. New York interviews will include Billy Name, author Victor Bockris, photographer Leee Black Childers, Ultra Violet, Geraldine Smith and Gerard Malanga. Mary Woronov, and others, will be interviewed in Los Angeles. The project was previously covered here in May 2005. Factory People is a co-production of PGE/Zarafa Films, Paris and French Television Channel 4 which is being produced by Patrick Nagle and directed by Yves Billon with a screenplay by Emmy Award winner Catherine O' Sullivan Shorr.
FACTORY GIRL CASTING UPDATE
In an interview with Empire magazine, Star Wars' Hayden Christensen has announced that he will be playing the role based on folk singer Bob Dylan for the upcoming movie based on Warhol star Edie Sedgwick - Factory Girl. Also in the cast will be Jimmy Fallon who is currently working on the film version of the television show, I Dream of Jeannie, scheduled for release in 2006. As previously reported here, Guy Pearce will be playing the role of Andy Warhol and Sienna Miller will be playing Edie. The Marin Independent Journal is also reporting that Melissa Painter, who stars in the new indie film, Steal Me, is "currently at work on a new project, a documentary on Edie Sedgwick, the Andy Warhol film star who died of a drug overdose when she was 28."
HIGHEST EARNING DEAD CELEBRITIES
Andy Warhol has achieved fourth place in Forbes magazine annual list of "highest earning dead celebrities." The Warhol name generated $16 million in sales whereas the highest earner, Elvis Presley, brought in $45 million. Second on the list was Peanuts creator Charles Schulz with $35 million followed by John Lennon in third place with $22 million. Theodor Geisel (aka Dr Suess) came in fifth, earning $10 million. Marilyn Monroe came in seventh, after Marlon Brando.
The American Society of Magazine Editors has also selected the top magazine covers of the last 40 years and Esquire's May 1969 cover featuring Andy Warhol in a can of soup took fifth place. First place was the Rolling Stone cover of a naked John Lennon curling up to a fully clothed Yoko Ono, followed by Vanity Fair's cover of a pregnant Demi Moore. Third place was Esquire magazine's cover of Mohammed Ali and fourth place was Saul Steinberg's illustration of New York's west side for the March 29, 1976 issue of the New Yorker magazine. The covers were chosen by a panel of artists, designers and magazine editors.
MAX'S KANSAS CITY GALA
Taylor Mead and Louis Waldon
at Max's Kansas City (1968)
(Photo: Billy Name)
There will be a reunion party and charity auction to benefit the Max's Kansas City Project on December 6, 2005 at the Hit Factory Studios in New York. Items to be auctioned at the event include works of art, photographs, jewelry and a Gibson guitar donated by Gibson/Baldwin (www.gibson.com). Proceeds will be used to provide emergency funding for artists in need and to help in the creation of Damage Control - an online cyber-mentoring program to educate and counsel teenagers on the dangers of substance abuse and addiction. Tickets are $100 for the auction and the party or $40 for the party only. To purchase tickets, or to make a tax deductible contribution, send a cheque or money order to: Max's Kansas City Project, 9 Lois Lane, Saugerties, New York 12477/Tel: 212-545-4151. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available. The website for Max's is at: www.maxskansascity.com.