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June 2011
(to May 2011)

Mary Woronov to appear at Cinefamily event in Los Angeles

Warhol star Mary Woronov with be appearing live at a Cinefamily event in Los Angeles on June 9, 2011. Details at:

The evening will include screenings of Kitchenette and Eating Raoul. Kitchenette is a short film starring Mary, inspired by the stage play by Andy Warhol's scriptwriter, Ronald Tavel. Tavel's play was first presented by the Play-House of the Ridiculous on January 6, 1967 starring Woronov as "Jo." (See "Conquest of the Ridiculous: Ronald Tavel, John Vaccaro and Charles Ludlame" here)

Kitchenette Part One, was made last year - directed by Francesca di Amica, photographed by Claudia Unger and produced by Minx films - the same people who are behind the documentary Quite Contrary! Confessions of a Cult Queen Mary Woronov, Warhol to Corman, currently being filmed about Mary - here.

The Ambassador of the Slovak Republic criticizes The Washington Post over their article "Visiting the Andy Warhol museum — in Slovakia"

A letter from the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic, Peter Burian, has been published in The Washington Post which criticizes the way Slovakia was portrayed in an article about visiting the Warhol museum in Slovakia (actually called the Warhol Family Museum of Modern Art). The letter begins, "With deep concern we have noted the article “Visiting the Andy Warhol Museum – in Slovakia,” published in The Washington Post on April 17. Inappropriate conduct by the author, as admitted in the Editor’s Note published on May 22, not only questions his professionalism and ethics, but also weakens our confidence in the way the Post handles freelance work in order to ensure its quality and impartiality..."

In response, The Post noted that "The writer, a freelance contributor to The Post, described a scene of men in rabbit-fur caps fixing a car exhaust and giving directions to the relatives’ home and mentioned passing a Soviet tank. Those scenes appeared in Absolut Warhola, a 2001 film by Stanislaw Mucha..."

The Ambassador's letter can be found here.

Andy Warhol: Manufactured

"Andy Warhol: Manufactured" opened at the Art Gallery of Alberta on May 28, 2011 and continues until August 21, 2011. Lectures include "Warhol and Conceptualism" on June 25, 2011 and "Andy Warhol: Camouflage Man" (by Thomas Sokolowski) on June 8, 2011. Other events include a screening of The Chelsea Girls on June 10th (free admission).

Details of the exhibition here.

Andy Warhol film series in Rio de Janeiro

The series of Andy Warhol films at the Caixa Cultural in Rio de Janeiro which opened on May 24, 2011 continues until June 5th. Screenings in June include Salvador Dali, Velvet Underground in Boston, Lonesome Cowboys, Blow Job, Eat, I a Man, Kiss, Screen Test #2, Outer and Inner Space, Lupe, The Chelsea Girls, Hedy and The Life of Juanita Castro.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation issue a joint statement demanding the release of Ai Wei Wei

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation have issued the following joint press release calling for an end to the detention of Ai Wei Wei:

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation join the global arts community in calling for the release of artist Ai Weiwei. The detention of this visionary individual, and the subsequent suppression of information concerning his whereabouts and well being, is in direct conflict with those who work to create a more just, enlightened society.

It is encouraging that artistic institutions large and small have moved swiftly and with great compassion to turn their concern into action. Among many others, New York’s Creative Time and the Philadelphia-based Slought Foundation have both been exemplary in their activities, organizing public events and promoting awareness through social media and diplomatic channels.

We also applaud the efforts of the International Council of Museums, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, the Tate Museum in London, and others who have advocated for the humane treatment and release of Ai Weiwei. As stalwart supporters of the rights of individual artists and free expression in every form, our foundations are proud to add their names to the following petition: here.

In our capacity as leaders of artist-centered foundations, our primary concern is to ensure that artists everywhere are given the proper access and support they need to remain critical, creative and have their voices heard. As citizens of an interconnected, globalized world, we cannot remain silent when others are being silenced. We urge everyone to become informed about this case and remain attentive to threats to freedom of expression, wherever they may occur.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Joel Wachs, President

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Christy MacLear, Executive Director

An update on the situation with Ai Wei Wei can be found in the June 2011 issue of The Art Newspaper here.

An exhibition of Ai Wei Wei's work is currently taking place at the Fotomuseum Winterthur. A planned talk by the artist on May 29, 2011 had to be cancelled due to the artist's imprisonment by the Chinese government.

Glenn O'Brien is writing his memoirs

Glenn O'Brien, managing editor of Andy Warhol's Interview magazine in the early 1970s, is writing his memoirs which will include the time he spent working for Warhol. O'Brien currently writes the "Style Guy" column in G.Q. magazine. His last book was How to Be a Man.

Andy Warhol authentication by Art Experts Inc.?

An online company calling itself "Art Experts, Inc." is offering to authenticate paintings by Andy Warhol. The company's page on Warhol is illustrated with images of Warhol's paintings including a Marilyn Monroe and a Campbell's Soup Can. Their Warhol page is here.

Potential buyers of the COAs should be warned that the only authentications of Warhol paintings that are accepted by reputable auction houses such as Sotheby's are those of the official Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board. The Authentication Board does not charge a fee for their service.

Addendum: Richard Dorment and The New York Review of Books

I have added an addendum to my essay on the Norgus Self-Portraits. In April, The New York Review of Books published an article by Richard Dorment (art critic for The Daily Telegraph), in which Dorment claimed that the Norgus Self-Portraits were by Andy Warhol despite not having been authenticated by the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board. Dorment criticized the expert report by Reva Wolf (author of Andy Warhol, Poetry and Gossip in the 1960s) and Wolf responded in "What Andy Warhol Did: An Exchange" here in the pages of the NYRB.

Mr. Dorment's response to Dr. Wolf contained several inaccuracies which I have corrected in my Addendum which you can read by clicking here.

My original article on the Norgus Self-Portraits can be found here.

Andy Warhol Headlines available September 2011

Amazon will begin selling copies of Andy Warhol: Headlines in September 2011. The book is the exhibition catalogue to the traveling show by the same name which will be at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC from September 25, 2011 to January 2, 2012. After the NGA run, the show travels to the Museum fur Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany (February 11 - May 13, 2002); the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Rome Italy (June 11 - September 9, 2012); and The Warhol museum (October 14, 2012 - January 6, 2013).

The book includes text by Molly Donovan and Anthony E. Grudin - author of the essay, "'A Sign of Good Taste': Andy Warhol and the Rise of Brand Image Advertising." (Free download of essay here.)

Edward Ward does Andy Warhol(a)

U.K. artist Edward Ward has created a work based on the life of Andy Warhol - pictured above. Ward's work was recently exhibited at the "Alien Nation - the art of blending in" exhibition at the Great Western Studios in London. An interview with Ward can be found in The Rebel magazine here (scroll down).

Edward Ward's website is here.

POP! in Washington D.C. opens July 13, 2011 in Washington D.C.

The musical POP! opens at the Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. on July 13, 2011. The play is described as "1968. New York City. The Factory. Art icon Andy Warhol has a new project—handing out empty paper bags to his friends, much to their bewilderment and chagrin. Their confusion is the least of his problems, though, since Andy’s agreed to let his friend Viva star in the film he’s making in The Factory, his mecca for Pop Art. He doesn’t realize how jealous Factory poster girl, Edie Sedgwick would become at losing her place at the center of the camera frame..." (In reality, Warhol was not handing out "empty paper bags" to friends in 1968 and Edie's dissatisfaction about her role at the Factory had nothing to do with Viva. Viva currently lives in southern California and it is not known what she or the Sedgwick family think about the musical.)

ICA Warhol exhibition continues until August 7, 2011

The exhibition, "That's How We Escaped: Reflections on Andy Warhol," based on Warhol's first retrospective that was curated by Sam Green in 1965, continues at the ICA in Philadelphia until August 7, 2011.

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