NEW JED JOHNSON BOOK
Twin brothers Jay and Jed Johnson
in Montauk, Long Island (1971)
A new book on Jed Johnson has been published by Rizzoli. Jed Johnson: Opulent Restraint/Interiors covers his career as a decorator/interior designer before his tragic death on TWA Flight 800 on July 17, 1996. Jed was survived by his twin brother, Jay Johnson, who now runs his businesss. An essay by Jay appears in the book, along with other writing by Bob Colacello, Sandra Brant and interior designer, Arthur Dunnam. In addition to being Warhol's boyfriend in the longest lasting relationship that Warhol would have during his life, Jed also designed Warhol's home in New York and worked for other celebrity clients such as Barbra Streisand. He also directed Andy Warhol's Bad and worked on Heat, Women in Revolt and L'Amour.
The publication of the book is covered online in David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary at: http://newyorksocialdiary.com/socialdiary/2005/10_18_05/socialdiary10_18_05.php
Actor (L) and Jay Johnson
(Photo: Billy Name)
The "Bande à part" exhibition at the galerie du jour agnès b. in Paris continues until Saturday 29 October 2005. The exhibition consists of more than 180 photographs from three decades taken by eleven different photographers, including Factory photographer Billy Name and others listed above. A catalogue accompanying the exhibition, published by Editions du Collectionneur, is available from the gallery at 44, rue Quincampoix, 75004 Paris; Telephone: 01 44 54 55 90/Fax: 01 44 54 55 99/Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PENNY ARCADE BATTLES HEP. C
Penny Arcade and medicine (2005)
(Photo: John Raynard for The Villager)
Warhol star Penny Arcade, who appeared in Women in Revolt, is battling Hepatitis C after first being diagnosed with it in 2003. She recently started a six month course of Interferon in an effort to rid herself of the illness. By coming out in public as an Hepatitis C sufferer, Arcade is hoping to increase awareness of the disease and is currently working with the Lower East Side Biography Project on a series of public service announcements about Hep. C for cable television.
NAT FINKELSTEIN EXHIBITION IN PARIS
An exhibition of Nat Finkelstein photographs opens at the Gallerie Gordon Pym et Fils in Paris on October 6 and runs until October 28, 2005. It will run concurrently with a show in New York at Gallagher's Art and Fashion Gallery which ends November 1, 2005. Details on Nat Finkelstein's website at: http://natfinkelstein.com. Finkelstein is also doing an installation at La Cigale in Paris on October 15, 2005.
PATRICK CAULFIELD DIES
Patick Caulfield in his London studio (1964)
(Photo: Tony Evans)
Patrick Caulfield, who is often aligned with the British Pop artists of the 1960s, died on Thursday, September 29, 2005. Educated at the Chelsea School of Art (1956 - 1959) and the Royal College of Art (1960 - 1963), he showed at the "Young Contemporaries" exhibit at the R.B.A. Galleries February 8 - 25, 1961, which also launched the "swinging sixties" art careers of Peter Phillips, David Hockney, Allen Jones, R.B. Kitaj and Derek Boshier.
Patrick Caulfield: "It's very difficult to swing if you haven't got any money. I was a student during most of that time. Every summer I would work in a factory somewhere. You know, as well as being a student, I had to work in a Pepsi-Cola factory in north Acton in the summer holidays, and things like that." (GB124)
During the mid -1960s Caulfield was represented by London art dealer Robert Fraser who paid the artist a £35 per month retainer prior to his first solo show at the gallery in 1965. Fraser was notorious for his often drug-fueled social life which Caulfield did not share.
Patrick Caulfield: "I used to see him [Fraser] mostly when we had to see each other, something to do with an exhibition... I drink a lot but I never ever take drugs. I knew nothing about drugs, so I didn't actually realize that most of the time I was in the company of someone drugged in some way or another. When he lived in Mount Street he invited me to a couple of his 'events' and you felt you had to sort of put on this cool facade... I was at one party where people were smoking and someone passed me this cigarette. I thought, 'That's rather strange, it's not very far to lean to the ashtray,' and I put it out for them..." (GB108)
In 1967 when Fraser was sentenced to six months in Wormwood Scrubs for heroin possession Richard Hamilton organized a show at Fraser's gallery to show support for the art dealer. Caulfield contributed work to the show along with Fraser's other artists - with the exception of Eduardo Paolozzi. When Fraser came out of prison, Caulfield jokingly made a cake with a file sticking out of it but, according to Caulfield, Fraser "didn't think it was funny and he didn't say anything." (GB206)
From 1963 to 1971 Caulfield taught at the Chelsea Art School. In 1968 he married his first wife, Pauline Jacobs, who he had met at Chelsea. They had three sons and remained married until 1999 when he divorced her and married artist Janet Nathan.
In addition to his painting, Caulfield started working with silkscreens in 1964. In 1973 he produced 22 screenprints for the limited edition book, Some Poems of Jule Laforgue, a French poet whose writing he had discovered while at the Royal College of Art.
Caulfield's work also included painted murals, tapestry design (Pool) and set and costume design. In 1990 he designed a stained glass window for the Ivy restaurant in London. He was awarded the Jerwood prize in 1995, which he shared with Maggi Hambling. The first retrospective of his work took place in 1981 at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool which traveled to the Tate in London. It was followed in 1992 - 1993 by a retrospective at the Serpentine Gallery in London. The final retrospective during his lifetime took place at London's Hayward Gallery in 1999. Caulfield was awarded a CBE in 1996.
In November 2002, one week before a solo exhibition of his paintings and drawings was to open at the Waddington Galleries, Caulfield was informed that he had cancer of the mouth and tongue which would require major surgery. More than a year passed before he was able to paint again. When he returned to painting he produced Bishops which was exhibited at the Waddington Galleries in late June 2004.
Marco Livingstone: "I can think of no other British artist of his time who was so uniformly admired by his peers... He was regarded with deep affection and respect by those with whom he had studied at the Royal College in the early 1960s, such as David Hockney, Peter Phillips and Allen Jones; by slightly older Pop artists such as Peter Blake and Joe Tilson; by abstract painters such as John Hoyland and by those hovering on the edge of abstraction, such as Howard Hodgkin; and by more conceptually oriented artists such as Michael Craig-Martin.... Phillips once confided to me, "He's the best of all of us."
A chronology of Caulfield's life and work appears at: www.warholstars.org/news/patrickcaulfield.html.
Examples of his work can be found at: www.waddington-galleries.com.
"General Idea Editions: 1967-1995" opens at The Warhol (museum) on October 8, 2005 and continues until December 31, 2005. General Idea began in 1967 as a team of artists consisting of Felix Partz, Jorge Zontal and A.A Bronson who were known for their installations and multimedia art presentations. Partz and Zontal died in 1995. A.A. Bronson continues to work as a solo artist. The exhibition includes more than 200 prints and ephemera produced by General Idea between 1967 and 1995. The opening event on October 7, 2005 includes a lecture by A.A. Bronson.
Exhibition details are at: http://warhol.org/whats_on/exhibitions.html.
A.A. Bronson's website is at: www.aabronson.com.
From 1968-1994, mail artist Ray Johnson corresponded with General Idea. A list of the items, which are held at the National Gallery of Canada, can be found at: http://national.gallery.ca/english/library/biblio/ngc004.html.
ANDY WARHOL FILM RETROSPECTIVE
AT VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Vienna International Film Festival is hosting a major retrospective of Warhol's films during the month of October. There will be up to six different films screened each day including Poor Little Rich Girl, Blow Job, Outer and Inner Space with Edie Sedgwick, Imitation of Christ, Couch, Eat, More Milk Yvette, Kitchen, I A Man, Henry Geldzahler, Empire, Camp, various Screen Tests, Mario Banana 1 and 2, Vinyl, My Hustler and The Chelsea Girls.
Related events include a lecture on the Factory by culture theorist Klaus Theweleit, various discussion panels and a poetry reading by Gerard Malanga. Full details at: www.viennale.at.
JOHN CHAMBERLAIN SHOW TO OPEN
NEW PACE WILDENSTEIN GALLERY
"John Chamberlain: Recent Sculpture" will open the the new PaceWildenstein gallery in New York on October 21, 2005. The gallery is located at 545 West 22nd Street in a building rented from the DIA Art Foundation which became available after DIA relocated its Chelsea premises to the meatpacking district of Manhattan. Details at: www.pacewildenstein.com.
The Andy Warhol exhibition at the Dia: Beacon Riggio Galleries continues until April 10, 2006. The excellent catalogue for the show, "DIA's Andy," published in a format reminiscent of Interview magazine includes a wide selection of reprinted articles about the artist. Contributors include Gerard Malanga, Arthur C. Danto, Baird Jones, Bob Colacello, John Giorno, Amy Taubin and Warholstars. It can be purchased ($11.99) via the gallery's website at:
SIXTEEN JACKIES IN PENNYSLVANIA
"In Private Hands: 200 Years of American Painting" opens at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts on October 1, 2005 and continues until January 8, 2006. The exhibit features almost 100 privately held works from 54 lenders, including Andy Warhol's Sixteen Jackies (1964), Jackson Pollock's Search (1955), Hans Hofman's The Red Serpent (1949), Willem de Kooning's Woman (1966), Philip Guston's Studio Celebration (1978) and Jean-Michel Basquiat's Untitled (1981).
The Academy is also currently showing works by Vic Muniz (ends November 27, 2005) in the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building. On December 15, 2005, "Nan Goldin: Fantastic Tales" will open in the Morris Gallery, continuing until February 12, 2006. Details at: www.pafa.org.
BLUE MOVIE + VIVA AT NY FILM FESTIVAL
On October 1, 2005, there will be a rare screening of Warhol's Blue Movie at the New York Film Festival, with a personal appearance by Viva who starred in the film. Blue Movie was originally shown at a benefit for Film Culture magazine at the Elgin Cinema on June 12, 1969 and then opened at the Garrick Theater the following month. The Garrick was raided by New York police on July 31st and the film was confiscated and theater staff arrested. On September 18, 1969 the New York Criminal Court ruled that Blue Movie was obscene and fined the theater's manager $250.00. Warhol reacted by publishing photographic stills and dialogue from the film as a book through Grove Press. However, the film remains technically illegal in New York as the court's obscenity ruling has never been overturned.
Details of the screening here: www.filmlinc.com/wrt/showing/avantgarde05.htm.
GUGGENHEIM TO ACQUIRE THE NEW ADAM
The Guggenheim in New York is to acquire Harold Stevenson's The New Adam (1962). Stevenson, who currently lives in Idabel, Oklahoma has claimed in the past that he was the subject of Warhol's first film. However, the footage has never been found, and Warhol always claimed that Sleep was his first film. Stevenson does appear in footage with Edie Sedgwick shot by Factoryite Danny Williams which is to be included in the forthcoming documentary The Danny Williams Story (working title) currently in production. The documentary is being directed by Williams' niece, Esther Robinson with a musical score by T. Griffin and edited by James Lyons. (Lyons is also working on A Short Film About Andy Warhol featuring film director Gus Van Sant as Warhol.) Stevenson also appeared briefly in Heat, credited as Harold Childe.
Harold Stevenson is represented by the Mitchell Algus Gallery in New York.
Mitchell Algus: "I opened the Thompson Street gallery with work of Harold Stevenson, who had shown with Iris Clert in Paris from the late 1950s on. He was doing huge homoerotic paintings; his work was associated with Pop art, but it really had its roots elsewhere. He showed with Alexandre Iolas and the Tchelitchew circle. Harold was much more original than any of those guys, but his work never found a context. He was supposed to have been included in a Guggenheim show in 1963 organized by Lawrence Alloway, but Alloway wrote to Harold saying that in the end he just couldn't show The New Adam - a 40-foot-long nude portrait of Sal Mineo - because it would create an 'imbalance' in the exhibition. Harold showed The New Adam at Richard Feigen Gallery in the early '60s and at Iris Clert in Paris; then it got rolled up and put away. So when I got in contact with Harold, he was thrilled. We showed The New Adam, which filled the whole gallery."
RED ELVIS APPEAL
After a three year legal battle, the Stamford Superior Court recently ruled that Peter Brant is the rightful owner of Warhol's Red Elvis. The ownership suit was brought by the previous owner - Swedish heiress Kersten Lindholm of Greenwich, Connecticut. Brant had purchased the painting from Lindholm's dealer, Anders Malmberg, while it was on exhibit in Europe as part of a show organized by the Guggenheim in New York. Brant paid $2.9 million for the painting which is thought to be worth as much as $12 million. Lindholm never received the $2.9 million from Malmberg. In 2003 Malmberg was sent to prison for three years on criminal charges relating to the theft of the painting. At the time that Malmberg sold the painting to Brant, there was a court order barring the sale of Lindholm's property while she was divorcing her husband, Magnus. Yet Superior Court Judge Chase Rogers ruled that Brant had made a reasonable effort to confirm that Malmberg was authorized to sell the painting and, therefore, Brant was the legal owner. Lindholm is appealing the decision.