JON GOULD'S WARHOL COLLECTION IN VERMONT
Jon Gould's collection of Warhol paintings, prints and photographs will be on exhibit at the Battleboro Museum of Art Center from September 18, 2004 to February 6, 2005.
Gould was Warhol's "boyfriend" in the eighties - after Warhol broke up with Jed Johnson but before his friendship with Sam Bolton. The Andy Warhol Diaries (with Pat Hackett) are full of humorous entries about Warhol's attempts at a relationship with Gould, who died of AIDS on September 18, 1986.
The exhibition was arranged with the cooperation of Gould's twin brother, Jay. (Interestingly, Warhol's previous boyfriend, Jed Johnson also had a twin brother named Jay.) It will be the first time that Gould's private Warhol collection will be displayed publicly.
The Brattleboro Museum and Art Center is located at 10 Vernon Street in Brattleboro, Vermont. Telephone: 802 257 0124.
NEW YORK HEAT
The American Museum of the Moving Image in New York will be showing both Heat and Tarzan and Jane Regained... sort of as part of its Paradise (Lost): Los Angeles on Film series. Heat will be shown on Saturday, July 17, 2004 and again on Sunday August 15th. The Tarzan and Jane screening will take place on July 18, 2004.
Scenes for Tarzan and Jane were shot in Los Angeles in October 1963 when Warhol and his entourage were there for the opening of Warhol's second art exhibit at the Ferus Gallery. The film stars Taylor Mead as Tarzan and Naomi Levine as Jane, with a brief appearance by Dennis Hopper.
Heat , directed by Paul Morrissey, was filmed both in L.A. and New York and stars Sylvia Miles, Joe Dallesandro and Pat Ast. It also features the last on-screen performances by Andrea Feldman and Eric Emerson before their tragic deaths. An absolutely hilarious film and one of Morrissey's best. Not to be missed, if you haven't seen it already.
JACK SMITH AT LAWRENCE O'HANA
A exhibition of works by Jack Smith is currently at the Lawrence O'Hana art gallery in London until August 8, 2004. The show is the first major exhibition of the artist in the U.K. and will include screenings of his films, as well as the films of Ken Jacobs and Ron Rice. Included among the films being shown is Smith's controversial Flaming Creatures.
The full schedule of film screenings is at: www.ohanagallery.com/events/index.asp
"I went out to Old Lyme, Connecticut, a lot of weekends that summer . Wynn Chamberlain was renting the guest house on Eleanor Ward's property and had gangs of his friends out there the whole time... Jack Smith was filming a lot out there, and I picked something up from him for my own movies - the way he used anyone who happened to be around that day, and also how he just kept shooting until the actors got bored... The second thing I ever shot with a 16mm camera was a little newsreel of the people out there filming for Jack." (POP32)
A collection of writings by Jack Smith, Wait for Me at the Bottom of the Pool, was published in 1997 and is still in print. Flaming Creature: Jack Smith, His Amazing Life and Times, originally published to coincide with an exhibition at P.S. 1, in New York is also still available.
ANDY WARHOL SPEAKS (ONLINE)
BBC 4 is currently showing a documentary series on British art in the sixties. Episode 1 of Art & the 60s focused on art dealers Robert Fraser and Kasmin and had excellent interviews with many surviving English artists who contributed to "swinging London" as well as vintage footage of the era. It will be repeated on Monday, July 5, 2004 at 9:40 pm and again at 1:10 am. Details at:
The series accompanies the Art & the Sixties exhibition at the Tate Britain which runs from June 30 - September 16, 2004.The (excellent) BBC 4 website also has 4 audio interview segments with Andy Warhol talking to Edward Lucie Smith on Radio 3. Warhol talks about his portraits, his love of his Sony walkman, Liza Minelli and his attitude toward human feelings and emotions. You will find the interviews here:
Audio interviews with other British artists from the sixties can be found here:
THE ANDY WARHOL SYNDROME AT EDINBURGH FRINGE
English comic Jenny Eclair will be bringing her one-woman show, The Andy Warhol Syndrome to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from August 4th to August 29th. Details at:
She is currently previewing some of the material for the show at the Latchmere Theatre in London.
Prior to the Edinburgh dates, she will be presenting the show at the Croydon Warehouse Theatre on Saturday, July 24th. Details at:
Following the Edinburgh dates, the show will be at the Octagon in Bolton on Friday September 10th. Details at:
The show focuses on what happens to the star of a reality tv show after her 15 minutes of stardom ends.
EUAN MORTON IS HOLLY WOODLAWN
David Noh reports in NY Blade that Taboo star Euan Morton is going to play Holly Woodlawn in the film based on her biography A Low Life in High Heels. According to Noh, Alexis Arquette will play Andy Warhol. No director has been chosen yet. (www.nyblade.com/2004/6-18/arts/nohway/nohway.cfm)
Holly's book was originally published in 1991. Although it is now out of print, copies are sometimes available on Ebay.It is unknown whether the film biography will also include Holly's recent bout in intensive care.
LOU REED SINGLE RELEASE: JULY 19, 2004
A dance remix of Lou Reed's song, Satellite of Love, will be released in the U.K. on July 19, 2004. The re-mix was put together by the London remix collective, Dab Hands, using the original multi-track recording of the song. The single also features backing vocals by David Bowie. Satellite of Love has never been released as a single before. The original version first appeared on Lou Reed's classic album, Transformer - which also featured the Warhol star-studded single, Walk on the Wild Side.For more information about Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, Olivier Landemaine's excellent site on the band is at:
BUNNY RETURNS TO CAMDEN
Ray Johnson: How to Draw a Bunny will be screened a second time at the Camden Arts Centre on Wednesday, July 21st, at 7:00 pm. If you missed the first showing because of the tube strike, here is another opportunity to see it.
Johnson was a contemporary of Warhol who turned his back on the commercial art scene by circumventing the galleries and sending his art directly through the mail, often to recipients who had no idea what they were receiving or why they were receiving it. He was once interviewed by the police when a female recipient complained about being sent indecent pictures by somebody she didn't know. The indecent pictures were art, not porn, and Johnson avoided arrest. His mail-art movement became known as the New York Correspondance School.
William S. Wilson:
"Some envelopes in the NYCS [New York Correspondance School] contain items that are, like a poem, overheard, since they are inscribed, "Please send to John Doe, 123 4th Street, New York City 5." The envelope, having passively passed through the mails, is now at the mercy of the first recipient. Some alter, some add, some subtract, some detract, some discard, some hoard, and others conscientiously forward the materials on their appointed rounds. Ray Johnson says he doesn't care what is done, that there are no rules, but he once circulated a list of people dropped from the NYCS for various offenses. The relationships can get rather complex, as Ray Johnson directs to someone an image which he mails to someone else first. The first recipient, the middle-man, might or might not see something in what is passing through his hands. Knowing that people have been tampering with the mails, the final recipient cannot be certain what Ray Johnson originally sent." [New York Correspondance School by William S. Wilson (1966)]Johnson's final work of art was swimming out to sea in January 1995 and never returning. A selection of photographs of him taken by William S. Wilson can be found at:
TIME CAPSULES AT THE WARHOL MUSEUM
The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh will be having an exhibit of over 3,000 objects from Andy Warhol's time capsules from October 3, 2004 - January 2, 2005. The exhibition was previously at the Museum fur Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany.
The first time capsules were created when Warhol moved the premises of the Factory to 33 Union Square West ("the office") in 1974. After using boxes to move large amounts of personal items and ephemera, he started using cardboard boxes as a regular system for filing things away, always keeping a box handy near his desk for this purpose.
There are 612 boxes in existence, many of which have yet to be catalogued. The Warhol Museum has so far managed to catalog the contents of about 1/6th of the boxes.
The exhibition's opening event will be held the evening of Saturday, October 2, 2004.
The book, Andy Warhol's Time Capsule 21, an interesting exploration of the contents of just one time capsule, is currently available at Amazon at a 30% discount.
ANDY WARHOL RUGS
Oriental Weavers' Sphinx division have brought out a collection of 21 rugs "inspired" by the images of Andy Warhol ranging in price from $99 to $899.
According to Jonathan Witt, the Vice President of Marketing for Oriental Weavers, they "literally went through tens of thousands of pieces, looking for elements that would work" for the rugs. Warhol's original artwork was "reinterpreted" to produce the designs.
The rugs are being sold at various retailers throughout the states and the full range can be seen by going to: www.owsphinx.net/cgi-bin2/cat.mbr/start and choosing Andy Warhol from the "Collection" search box.
SCUM MANIFESTO RE-PUBLISHED IN HARDCOVER
Verso books has brought out a new hardcover version ($15.00) of the SCUM Manifesto by Valerie Solanas, the woman who shot Andy Warhol.
Valerie shot Warhol on June 3, 1968. She was arrested that night and underwent psychiatric examinations. On December 16, she was released on bail from the Mattewan State Hospital after being judged competent to stand trial. While out on bail she continued to make threatening calls to Warhol, demanding money and television coverage, allegedly threatening that if she didn't get her way, "I can always do what I did before." On June 9, 1969 she was sentenced to three years in prison. At the trial, she told the judge: "I didn't intend to kill him, I just wanted him to pay attention to me. Talking to him was like talking to a chair." (DB299)
TAKE A HIKE AT THE ANDY WARHOL PRESERVE
On July 3, 2004 there will be a guided tour of the Nature Conservancy's Andy Warhol Preserve in eastern Montauk. The Preserve was created when, after Warhol's death in 1987, Paul Morrissey donated 15 acres of Warhol's Montauk property (which he co-owned with Warhol) to The Nature Conservancy. Two years ago, Morrissey put the remainder of Warhol's property on the market for $50 million, making it one of the area's most expensive (unsold) properties.
If you are interested in the walk, meet at the Third House in Theodore Roosevelt County Park, off Route 27, a half mile east of the intersection with East Lake Drive. The walk will take place 9:00 am - 11:00 am. For further information, ring (631) 668 5269.