September 19, 1991 |
This week's list of new videos is led by a look at a legend of the contemporary art world. SUPERSTAR: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ANDY WARHOL (1990) (Vestron) $89.98. 85 minutes. Sally Kirkland, Dennis Hopper, Liza Minnelli, Grace Jones. While there will never be a consensus about whether Andy Warhol was shaman or sham, director Chuck Workman's fascinating documentary film suggests that Warhol's enduring talent was not as an art maker but as a behavioral barometer and faddist. The man who, in life, predicted that everyone would be famous for 15 minutes enjoys, in death, a kind of eternal infamy.
May 17, 1996 |
With his metallic blond wig and snug leather jacket, his Brillo boxes and Elvis silk screens, his coterie of drag queens and movie-star manques, Andy Warhol was a '60s godhead. He reigned over the New York underground scene, exuding transcendental ennui and playing a kind of Wizard of Odd to poets and poseurs, rockers and models, filmmakers and photographers, all sprawled across his Union Square studio. Among the fringe players who insinuated themselves into the Factory, Valerie Solanas holds particular distinction: On June 3, 1968, the psych major-turned-radical feminist took out a Beretta and perforated the pop artist's chest.
August 31, 2012 |
Campbell Soup is tapping Andy Warhol for another 15 minutes of fame. The Camden soup maker plans to introduce special-edition cans of its condensed tomato soup bearing labels reminiscent of the pop artist's paintings at Target stores starting Sunday. The 1.2 million cans will cost 75 cents each. The Campbell Soup Co.'s embrace of Warhol's iconic imagery is a switch from its initial reaction, when the company considered taking legal action but held off to see how the paintings were received by the public.
July 18, 2014 |
On May 2, John Miles began the evening swathed in blue plastic, belting out Velvet Underground lyrics, and quoting Andy Warhol ("Oh wow! Oh gee!") at a pop-up performance with the Bearded Ladies Cabaret at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. At intermission, he left - and sped toward the Academy of Music in Friday evening traffic, to lend his baritone to the chorus in Opera Philadelphia's production of Mozart's Don Giovanni . That's the type of creative conflict that was bound to arise when Opera Philadelphia partnered with the scrappy 4-year-old collaborative-theater Bearded Ladies Cabaret.
February 23, 1987 |
Andy Warhol, 58, the pop culture prince who turned images of Campbell's Soup cans and Brillo pads into art, died yesterday of a heart attack. The artist's death came a day after he underwent gall bladder surgery. A spokesman for New York Hospital said an autopsy would be done to determine the exact cause of death. Warhol was an iconoclast and an eccentric, rejecting accepted conventions of art, society and behavior. "In the future," he wrote in a 1968 exhibition catalog, "everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.
October 20, 1989 |
History will judge whether Andy Warhol was an artistic genius or merely a genius merchandiser. Before there was Andy Warhol, pop artist and cultural icon who hit gold with silk-screen Campbell soup cans and Marilyn Monroes, there was Andy Warhol, inspired journeyman commercial artist working hard and successfully in New York. That period of his life during the '50s largely has escaped notice in the national Warholmania that has prevailed since his death in early 1987 at age 58. Now, an exhibit touring the country casts new light on his life and work before pop. "Success Is a Job in New York . . . The Early Art and Business of Andy Warhol" attempts to explain more fully the roots of Warhol's art. Organized by Donna De Salvo and the staff of the Grey Art Gallery at New York University, the exhibit shows about 200 works made between 1949 and 1963.
October 18, 1989 |
Elvis, make room. With all the yakety-yak still swirling about his persona, you get the feeling it's Andy Warhol who still might be in the land of the living. Indeed, he has made his 15 minutes of fame last beyond a lifetime. The University of Pennsylvania's Institute of Contemporary Art, 34th and Walnut streets, is getting into the thick of things with a major new exhibition, " 'Success is a Job in New York . . .': The Early Art and Business of Andy Warhol," which opens today.
April 30, 2016
Friday-Saturday By the numbers The "symphonic theater" work O Monsters First Draft performed by New Paradise Laboratories tells a fractured fairy tale about an odd family living in a "mansion made of numbers" and living under the rule of a matriarch who bases her decisions on a mysterious poetic equation that keeps the house from disintegrating. It's set to a score by the intriguing composer Bhob Rainey, derived from the mathematics of NASA asteroid tracking, Internet traffic patterns, and stock market prices ("phenomena that represent, to me, a certain unruly indifference that the universe holds towards our interpretation of it")
September 16, 2000 |
Will any composer ever do for music what Andy Warhol did for art - that is, legitimize commercial or pop or other nonclassical material by importing it into a high-art context? Actually, classical composers engaged in cross-cultural travel long before Warhol rescued a soup-can label from its merely quotidian existence, giving new context to country dances (Beethoven), jazz (Gershwin) and eavesdropped sounds of life (Cage). And the five composers who premiered their Warhol-inspired works Wednesday night at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts dabbled a bit with the idea of new context, but they wisely avoided the obvious.
May 20, 1988 |
No one expected it. Sure, Andy was famous. He'd been in Time and Life and all the newspapers. Pop was in high season. But Andy was an artist, and fame for artists is sedate, a cultured affair - critics atwitter, panel discussions and all that. So Andy arrived for his big show at Philadelphia's Institute of Contemporary Art, his first museum retrospective - how heavy can you get? - and, like locusts, they were all over him. The crush was amazing - thousands (yes, thousands) of people pushing and grabbing, throwing elbows, stomping, clamoring, "There he is!"