January 25, 2020: Further details of the Andy Warhol exhibition at the Tate Modern have come to light - albeit in a circuitous manner.
After the show finishes its run at the Tate, it will eventually be travelling to the Art Gallery of Ontario. Both the the AGO press release and the AGO website give a more thorough description of the show than the Tate Modern. According to the website:
...the exhibition opens with a selection of early male nudes from the 1950s. Warhol’s sexuality is an important theme in the exhibition.
His 1963 film Sleep stars his lover, the poet John Giorno, and his 1975 series of paintings Ladies and Gentlemen presents striking portraits of members of New York City’s transgender community.
Key works from Warhol’s Pop period include Marilyn Diptych (1962; Tate, London), 100 Campbell’s Soup Cans (1962; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt) and the AGO’s own Elvis I and II (1963/4).
Increasingly drawn to counterculture, Warhol also blurred the boundaries between the arts throughout his career, experimenting with multimedia, music, live performance and publishing.
Combining film projections, strobe lighting, audience participation and the sounds of experimental rock group The Velvet Underground, Warhol’s psychedelic multimedia environment Exploding Plastic Inevitable (1966) will be restaged in the exhibition, as will an installation of his floating metallic pillows entitled Silver Clouds.
The AGO press release also reports that a "fully illustrated catalogue" will be published by the Tate Modern in early 2020, featuring an interview with Bob Colacello, an "artist response" by Martine Syms, an essay on the Silver Clouds by Kenneth Brummel and a new text by Olivia Laing.
Colacello has recently given the Times (London) an interview but since it is pay-to-view, I'm not including the link here. Instead, here is a link to the interview he gave Vanity Fair last year: "Bob Colacello Remembers Life as Andy Warhol’s “Human Tape Recorder” by Erin Vanderhoof, which is free-to-view.
The exhibition at the Tate Modern runs March 12, 2020 - September 6, 2020. A version of it will then travel as "Andy Warhol: Now" to the Museum Ludwig from October 10, 2020 to February 21, 2021. It opens at the AGO in March 2021. Presumably, after the AGO it travels to the Dallas Museum of Art which is listed as one of the exhibition's organisers.
In other words, the exhibition will travel to more museums than the Whitney's recent retrospective.
Bomb Hanoi cover designed by Andy Warhol (rejected version on left) - Some/thing Vol. 2, No.1, Winter 1966
January 16, 2020: The January 1st theft at Passages Bookshop in Oregon included a five-volume run of the '60s poetry magazine Some/thing. The 1966 "Vietnam" issue featured a cover designed by Andy Warhol (above). Passages had both covers of the magazine. The first cover on the left was rejected because it was too 'perfect.' The design on the right was rougher. The rougher image was seen as a better reflection of the irony of the message - Hanoi were the "good guys" as far as the left was concerned and America was bombing the hell out of them. See the article by the editor David Antin of the poetry mag. in the March 7, 2011 issue of Design Observer:
When I went to see Andy I showed him our previous issues and told him about the Vietnam issue we were planning, he said, “Great!” What he’d really like to do was a Vietcong flag. But I said, “What we’d like you to do is take a prowar slogan like ‘BOMB HANOI!’ put it on the cover as a button, and fuck it up any way you like... (David Antin ,"Bomb Hanoi: The Andy Warhol Cover," Design Observer, May 7, 2011)
Men's Andy Warhol T-shirt by Uniqlo
anyone for a fridge magnet?
December 31, 2019: Andy Warhol's Double Elvis (Ferus type, 1963) is among the most expensive works of art sold at auction during 2019. It came in sixth, just below Pablo Picasso's Femme au Chien, painted the year before. New York School artist, Robert Rauschenberg, beat both artists with the sale of Buffalo II (1964) at Christie's for $88.8m. The Abstract Expressionists were represented by Mark Rothko although it was the French Impressionist Claude Monet who came in first with Mueules from the Haystacks series - one of the earliest examples of an artist painting in series.
Some of Monet's "Haystack" paintings were exhibited in MOMA's exhibition, Claude Monet: Seasons and Moments at the Museum of Modern Art in 1960 and were given as an example by Charles Stuckey as a precedent of an artist painting in series as Warhol later did with his Ferus style Campbell's Soup Cans. (Quoted in "Campbell's Soup honours Andy Warhol."):
From the first volume of the Andy Warhol catalogue raisonne:, p. 070:
Precisely when Warhol began the Ferus-type paintings is not known, but it was probably not long after his first attempts with the Mõnchengladbach type in late 1961. The Ferus type comprises sixteen works beyond the group of thirty-two canvases. For the varieties of soup in the group of thirty-two, Warhol referred to a product list supplied by the Campbell Soup Company, checking off each once it had been completed and adding 'Turkey Vegetable,' which had been omitted from the company's list. The only element that distinguishes one canvas or one can from the other is the name of the variety.
With the set of thirty-two canvases, Warhol first realized the possibility of painting in series. Charles Stuckey, however has noted several precedents; the exhibition of Monet's later series paintings in Claude Monet: Seasons and Moments, at MoMA in 1960; Frank Stella's Aluminum paintings, shown at Castelli in the fall of 1960; and Stella's 1961 Benjamin Moore series, of which Warhol commissioned six small-format examples, which can be dated from canceled checks to mid-May 1961, probably after Warhol visited Stella's studio for the first time.
Stuckey's comment raises an interesting conundrum as to what constitutes a "series." Does a "series" have to be "serial" (i.e. time-based) in order to be a series? Do art writers use the term "series" appropriately? The Cambridge Dictionary defines "series" as "a number of similar or related events or things, one following another."
Warhol painted repetitively but it wasn't time-based. He wasn't painting his soup cans or flowers or images of Elvis at different times of the day as Monet did with his "Haystacks" series. A serial comic book is one which tells a story - which progresses from a to b to c. Warhol stopped at "a" and then repeated it retaining the random variations created by his painting methods.
The list of the top ten from the Art Newspaper:
1: Claude Monet's Meules (1890) sold for a record $110.7m in May in New York
2: Jeff Koons' Rabbit for $91m, at Christie's New York in May
3: Robert Rauschenberg's Buffalo II (1964) sold at Christie’s New York in May for $88.8m
4: Cézanne's Bouilloire et fruits (1888-90) sold at Christie’s New York for $59.2m
5: Pablo Picasso's Femme au chien (1962) sold for $54.9m at Sotheby’s New York in May
6: Andy Warhol's Double Elvis (Ferus Type, 1963) sold at Christie’s New York in May for $53m
7: Ed Ruscha's Hurting the Word Radio #2 (1964) sold for $52.5m in November at Christie’s New York
8: Francis Bacon's Study for a Head (1952) sold for $50.3m at Sotheby’s New York in May
9: Rothko's untitled work (1960), de-accessioned from SFMOMA, fetched $50.1m at Sotheby’s New York
10: David Hockney's portrait of Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott (1969) sold at Christie’s London in March for $37.6m
Front cover of "Photo Revolution: Andy Warhol to Cindy Sherman"
December 29, 2019: The exhibition, "Photo Revolution: Andy Warhol to Cindy Sherman" at the Worcester Art Museum closes in late Feburary 2020. The exhibition catalogue will be available from Amazon in late January.
Tammy Faye Starlite as Nico
December 28, 2019: Superstar of December 2019 is Tammy Faye Starlite who has been entertaining crowds with her renditions of Nico and Marianne Faithfull songs for over a decade (sort of). Still active on the international show-biz circuit (more or less), the above footage is one of her classic performances from 2015.
December 25, 2019: Merry Christmas from Warholstars. High Times magazine is running their 1978 Christmas interview with Truman Capote and Andy Warhol in celebration of the holidays. (And, of course, Happy Hanukkah as well, which started on the 22nd.)
Image: Hallmark Archives, Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
December 13, 2019: Blake Gopnik will be giving a free talk (with museum admission) on the many sides of Andy Warhol at the Art Institute of Chicago on December 18, 2009.
From The Visualist:
"Blake Gopnik is the author of Warhol, the first comprehensive biography of the Pop artist, published by HarperCollins. He has been the staff art critic at the Washington Post and Newsweek and is now a regular contributor to the New York Times."
For details, go to The Visualist.
Front cover of Jonas Mekas: Interviews
December 12, 2019: A collection of Jonas Mekas interviews - Jonas Mekas: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers Series) - will be published in August 2020 by the University Press of Mississippi - edited by Gregory R. Smulewicz-Zucker who also edited the second edition of Jonas Mekas’s Movie Journal: The Rise of the New American Cinema, 1959–1971 for Columbia University Press. Priced at $99.00 hardcover or $25.00 paperback.
Sections and essays