November 16, 2019: Finished. At last.
Andy Warhol and Rod La Rod who was in Nancy Fish and Rodney (Late 1966) (Photo: Stephen Shore)
November 7, 2019: I've updated the Andy Warhol filmography which I started over ten years ago. Until the future volumes of the film catalogue raisonné are published, it's the most comprehensive filmography available - if you have any corrections or additions (with references to screenings, ads or essays), let me know: email@example.com.
Andy Warhol in Tape Recording magazine, January 1966
November 3, 2019: Judith A. Peraino, The Cornell University professor who discovered the "lost" Lou Reed songs inspired by Warhol's Philosophy book on a cassette at the Andy Warhol Museum (and another cassette of the "lost" songs at the New York Public Library), has now given an account of how she found the music to the Washington Post - see "How I discovered a dozen new Lou Reed songs."
Peraino's journey is a fascinating read. It eventually led to her article "I'll Be Your Mixtape: Lou Reed, Andy Warhol, and the Queer Intimacies of Cassettes" in the Journal of Musicology - which also refers to Jennifer Sichel's groundbreaking article about the original tapes for the Gene Swenson interview in which Warhol was alleged to have said he wanted to be a machine. Possible reasons for the Lou Reed tapes indicated in the Peraino article may have been a Broadway show based on the Philosophy book.
Marsha Johnson - one of the drag queens who modelled for Andy Warhol's Ladies and Gentlemen series
October 29, 2019: The U.K. press is going crazy over the Tate Modern's announcement that they will be showing Warhol's paintings of drag queens which were also produced as prints as the Ladies and Gentlemen series. Surprisingly, they seem surprised that Warhol did paintings of drag queens. Some of the articles pick up on what I wrote a considerable time ago in "Andy Warhol's Ladies and Gentleman paintings in Italy."
There is an excellent documentary about one of Warhol's models on Netflix at the moment - "The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson." If you are reading this site I don't need to explain who Marsha was. You already know. The documentary also explores the role of the Mafia in Gay Pride and the battle between the middle-class queens who craved mainstream acceptance vs the type of outsiders painted by Warhol. (Unfortunately, the middle-class queens won.)
October 28, 2019: Ten Screen Tests by Andy Warhol will be shown at the Barbican in London on February 27, 2020 with a new live soundtrack created and performed by Leif. Details at: "Andy Warhol's Screen Tests Reel #10."
The Screen Tests being shown are the short "living portraits" created by Warhol and not the full-length Screen Tests with scenarios by Andy Warhol's scriptwriter, Ron Tavel. As Tavel wrote in 2007, "Those 3-minute studies are Living Portraits. No one was being screen tested." (The Real World, p. 100)
October 26, 2019: The Tate Modern is now accepting bookings for the talk by Warhol biographer Blake Gopnik and Olivia Lang which will take place on March 12, 2020 at the Tate Modern in London as part of their six month Andy Warhol exhibition.
October 26, 2019: Andy Warhol Kyoto (with the co-operation of the Andy Warhol Museum) opens at the Kyocera Museum of Art in Japan on September 19, 2020 and runs until January 3, 2021. Details at Andy Warhol Kyoto.
October 23, 2019: One thing that surprised me about the exhibition catalogue that accompanies the current Andy Warhol retrospective in the States was the lack of attention paid to Andy Warhol's most iconic work, the Campbell's Soup Cans. I have updated my essay examining the origin of the paintings at "The Origin of Andy Warhol's Soup Cans or The Synthesis of Nothingness."
Although the retrospective catalogue may be an attempt to re-invent Warhol, it is impossible to examine an artists' ideas outside of the milieu from which they sprang, particularly with an artist like Warhol who was like a cultural sponge. Hopefully the essay fills in some of the gaps. The importance of 'Warhol's milieu' is also the reason that my Andy Warhol timeline is more than just a list of biographical events.
Warhol's choice of soup cans as subject matter had to do with the emphasis on the commonplace object by other artists at the time - with a a nod to Marcel Duchamp and his readymades. The Campbell's Soup Can paintings were the Warholian equivalent of Marcel Duchamp's Fountain and Jasper Johns' Light Bulb. When Warhol was searching for a subject for his paintings, he was looking for "a thing" - a neutral, commonplace object - as he recounted during an interview by Benjamin Buchloh:
I guess it happened because I... I don't know. Everybody was finding a different thing. I had done the comic strips, and then I saw Roy Lichtenstein's little dots, and they were so perfect. So I thought I could not do the comic strips, because he did them so well. So I just started other things.... I wasn't thinking of anything. I was looking for a thing. (BB120) (See "Andy Warhol: from Nowhere to Up There," p. 30)
Candy Darling and Jeremiah Newton
October 20, 2019: Jeremiah Newton, the executor and friend of Candy Darling, has accused the cabaret entertainer, Penny Arcade of theft on his Facebook page:
(source: Jay Newton's Facebook page)
This isn't the first time that Penny Arcade has been involved in controversy. C. Carr, who is currently writing at book on Candy Darling, was the author of an article in the Village Voice in 2004 about Penny's efforts at wresting control of Jack Smith's archive from Smith's family- see "Flaming Intrigue."
Arcade was again involved in controversy when she was the spokeswoman for a crowdfunding page set up for Holly Woodlawn when Holly was dying. Joe Dallesandro's wife, Kim, noticed that the beneficiary of the fund was not Holly - it was a Los Angeles real estate agent named Robert Starr. (See "Questions raised over Holly Woodlawn fund.")
Last year, Penny started using the Holly crowdfunding page to link to a crowdfunding page for her friend, the photographer (and Trump supporter) Laura Rubin.
October 19, 2019: A memorial to David Weisman is currently in the planning stages under the guidance of his co-executors Chase Mellen III and Jim Thompson. Weisman co-directed Ciao! Manhattan with John Palmer and was recently granted the publicity rights to Edie Sedgwick.
As noted previously, David Weisman died on October 9, 2019. The cause of death has now been confirmed as complications from West Nile virus. He had also battled cancer in the past. His obituary is here.
Donations in Weisman’s memory can be made to: Savetigersnow.org.
October 18, 2019: Claire Henry (assistant curator of the Andy Warhol Film Project) and the co-authors of The Andy Warhol Film Catalogue Raisonné Bill Horrigan (Wexner Center curator), and Bruce Jenkins (professor of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation at the School of the Art Institute) willl be holding at panel discussion on Andy Warhol's films at the Art Institute of Chicago on October 23, 2019. Details here.
October 17, 2019: The following films by Andy Warhol will be screened at the Art Institute of Chicago during the Andy Warhol retrospective originally organised by Donna De Salvo (De Salvo will be giving a talk on November 20, 2019):
October 20 - November 17, 2019: Outer and Inner Space (See note below for year) starring Edie Sedgwick.
Note: The Art Institute gives a date of 1963 for Outer and Inner Space on their Cinema Reinvented page. Callie Angell, J. Hoberman and others have dated it to 1965 - see Callie Angell, "Andy Warhol: Outer and Inner Space," Texts on Andy Warhol's Screen Tests & Outer & Inner Space (Vancouver: Presentation House Gallery, 2003)
November 18 - December 8, 2019: Haircut no. 1 (1963)
December 9, 2019 - January 5, 2020: Kiss (1963 - 1964)
From The Real World by Gary Comenas, p. 80 (to be published in 2020):
Mark [Lancaster] was mentioned in Popism: The Warhol Sixties as an art student from England who visited the Factory when Warhol was filming Batman/Dracula and ended up appearing in the film. I had wondered what happened to him. As fascinated as I was by well-known “superstars,” like Edie Sedgwick, I was even more curious about people like Mark who appeared in a few films and then disappeared. I asked him what other films he was in. He said that he gave one of Warhol’s superstars, Ondine, a blow job in Couch and was also in a male-to-male Kiss film with Warhol’s assistant Gerard Malanga.
Gerard was straight, so I wondered whether they had “french-kissed.” Mark answered: "Yes, Gerry and I did 'French kiss.' How else can you keep kissing somebody for three minutes, or was it six? I did see that movie right after it was processed, and I think I occupy most of the screen, it is all close-up head shots, probably because I was pushing against him harder than he was against me. He was sexy, in a way, but not my type, though I spent a good deal of time that summer trying to figure that out and experiment with ‘types'..."
January 6 - January 26, 2020: Tiger Morse (Reel 14 of ****) (1967)
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