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Andy Warhol News - December 2019 to February 2020

Andy Warhol Music Club at the Tate Modern

music at hmv 1960s

Shopping for music at HMV in the 1960s (Photographer unknown)

February 20, 2020: The Andy Warhol Music Club will take place at the Tate Modern on April 27, 2020 at 18:30 - 20:45 in conjunction with the Tate's Andy Warhol exhibition that runs from March 12 to September 6, 2020.

Guests for the music club evening include the Guardian's arts editor, Alex Needham and critic Gilda Williams, editor of On&By Andy Warhol. To book tickets, go to the Tate Modern's website.

Blake Gopnik and Jerry Saltz to discuss new Andy Warhol biography

February 18, 2020: The author of the new Andy Warhol biography, Blake Gopnik, will be discussing the book with Jerry Saltz on April 20, 2020 at the New York Public Library.

In addition to writing Warhol: A Life as Art, Gopnik was a regular contributor to the New York Times and the staff art critic for the Washington Post and Newsweek.

Saltz is the senior art critic at New York magazine.

Tickets are free (with full access to wheelchair users) but should be booked in advance. Details on the NYPL website.

The Real World is out

The Real World

The Real World

The Real World - available through the usual outlets including Amazon or direct from the publisher

February 14, 2020: The Real World is now available - about the creation of warholstars.org, the struggle to survive (literally) and the people I encountered on the way, including Andy Warhol, Joe Dallesandro, William S. Wilson, Anita Sarko, Haoui Montaug, Ray Allington, Paul Lonergan, Fat Tony, Lee Sheldrick, Teri Toye, Paul Gobel, Dean Johnson, U2, Michael Chow, James Breese, Victoria Lockwood, Tina Chow, Susan Pile, Anthrax, B52s, Eric B. and Rakim, Mica Paris, Andy Sheppard, the art of Ray Johnson, Fiona Russell Powell, Mary Woronov, Billy Name, Mitzi Lorenz, Callie Angell, Bibbe Hansen, Ron Tavel, Holly Woodlawn, Frances Beatty, Alex Sainsbury, Clive Phillpot, Michael Bracewell, Marc Siegel, Mario Montez, Dagon James, Stephanie Rosenthal, the Magic Castle, Raven Row, Paul and Jeremy Stacey, Ron Smith, David Gates, Syd Curry, Don Vinil, Will Shatter, Sally Goldberg, Georgie, Ginger Coyote, Cindy Crayon and Keith Richards. If you are reading this, you may very well be in it. Edited and published by Michael Townsend Smith of Caffe Cino fame.

Patti Smith rescues Passages

February 5, 2020: Patti Smith has come to the aid of Passages bookstore which was recently the subject of a break-in. (See below) In addition to stealing a rare volume of Some/Thing magazine which included Andy Warhol's "Bomb Hanoi" front cover (see below). Also stolen were a signed edition of 1998’s Patti Smith Complete: Lyrics, Reflections & Notes for the Future. Smith contacted the bookseller and sent him a box of her books, all signed, which included her memoir Just Kids, The Year of the Monkey, M Train, Devotion, and a copy of the stolen book.

Smith will be giving a rare performance in London at the Royal Albert Hall on November 2nd and 3rd, 2020.

Bob Colacello at the Tate Modern on April 22, 2020

February 3, 2020: Previous Interview magazine editor Bob Colacello, who wrote one of the most gossipy accounts of Andy Warhol during the time he worked for him - Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close-Up - will be appearing at the Tate Modern on April 22, 2020 in conjunction with their six month Andy Warhol exhibiton.

Tate Modern Warhol exhibition catalogue to be published in March

Andy Warhol exhibition at the Tate Modern

Front cover of the exhibition catalogue of the Andy Warhol exhibition at the Tate Modern in London

January 30, 2020: The exhibition catalogue for the six month Andy Warhol exhibition at the Tate Modern is due be published in early March. For details about the exhibition, scroll down.

R.I.P. Monique Van Voreen

January 30, 2020: Monique Van Voreen has died. Monique appeared in Andy Warhol's Frankenstein aka Flesh for Frankenstein (directed by Paul Morrissey), as well as the ill-fated Broadway play "presented" by Andy Warhol and Richard Turley, Man in the Moon (a production by Paul Morrissey). Van Voreen was born in Brussels on March 25, 1927 but made New York her home. She died of cancer at home at the age of 92. Her son is the actor (and realtor) Eric Purcell.

Sin at the National Gallery

January 28, 2020: If you are visiting London this spring, don't forget to experience Sin at the National Gallery. Running from April 15 to July 5, 2020, the exhibition will feature Andy Warhol's Repent, and Sin No More! (1985 - 86).

A book to accompany the show will be published by Yale in April - see Sin on the Yale website. Written by Joost Joustra (the Howard and Roberta Ahmanson Fellow in Art and Religion at the National Gallery.) (Paperback: £12.95)

More details emerge regarding the Andy Warhol exhibition at the Tate Modern and the exhibition catalogue... Sort of

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 is stolen from Passages

Bomb Hanoi by Andy Warhol

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:

David Antin:

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)

Uniqlo launches new Andy Warhol line for 2020

Uniglo Warhol t-shirt

Men's Andy Warhol T-shirt by Uniqlo

January 12, 2020: Uniqlo has launched a new line of Andy Warhol T-shirts in both the U.S. and in England.

Tate Modern begins merchandise blitz for upcoming 6 month Andy Warhol exhibition

Andy Warhol fridge magnets - Tate Modern

anyone for a fridge magnet?

January 1, 2020: The Tate Modern has begun selling Andy Warhol merchandise in conjunction with their six month Warhol exhibition starting in March 2020 - from carrier bags to fridge magnets to books.

Andy Warhol makes the top ten

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

Photo Revolution: Andy Warhol to Cindy Sherman

Photo Revolution Andy Warhol to Cindy Sherman

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.

Merry Christmas from Warholstars

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.)

Blake Gopnik: Warhol: From Elf to Grinch and Back Again

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.

Jonas Mekas interviews to be published in August 2020

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.

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