Happy Birthday to Andy Warhol! This portrait was spotted in 2014 in an alley in Los Angeles and was created by artist ThankYouX.
Happy Birthday to Andy Warhol! This portrait was spotted in 2014 in an alley in Los Angeles and was created by artist ThankYouX.
Happy Birthday to Andy Warhol, born on August 6th, 1928. This image is from an exhibition of his work at the Palm Springs Art Museum in 2018.
Part of what makes Andy Warhol such an incredible artist is the variety and volume of work he created in his lifetime. Currently in both of Jack Shainman Gallery‘s locations are a selection of Warhol’s photographs that are not often seen. Photo collages, “stitched photos”, nudes, and, of course, photos of celebrities, come together to give new perspective on Warhol’s work within the medium of photography.
From the press release-
Warhol’s photographic oeuvre remains one of the most central and enduring aspects of his creative process. Initially inspired by commercially available press photos of celebrities, such as iconic images of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and Marlon Brando, as well as newspaper photographs of death and disasters, Warhol incorporated photographs as source material for the creation of his silk-screened paintings and prints. With the creation of a singular visual vocabulary, Warhol articulated his sensibilities while conveying his detached, observing eye through the use of a dispassionate machine: the camera. Photography spanned the entirety of Warhol’s career as he fused numerous genres of photo-making.
By the mid-1960s, Warhol’s eye turned to the moving image as he began making 16mm black and white short films, dubbed Screen Tests, which featured his “Superstar” Factory crew. Several Screen Tests are on view in this exhibition, including films that highlight Factory life, some very early notions of performance art, and the raw visual materials for Lou Reed’s The Velvet Underground EP. These films catalyzed into Warhol’s revolutionary conceptual feature-length films, including Sleep, Empire, and Heat.
Concurrent with his exploration of film, Warhol utilized photobooths in Times Square to create serial images of art dealers, collectors, and bright young creatives who frequented the Factory. These strips became source material for some of Warhol’s most iconic early portraiture, including paintings of art dealer, Holly Solomon, collectors, Judith Green and Edith Skull, and Warhol Superstars, such as Jane Holzer and Edie Sedgwick. Towards the end of the 1960s, Warhol began carrying with him a Polaroid camera used largely to document friends in his inner circle, including Mick Jagger, Diana Vreeland, Lee Radziwill, and Nan Kempner. Warhol referred to the Polaroid camera as “his date” – always with him, a tool for both engaging with his subjects, as well as a distancing mechanism.
In 1977, Warhol’s Swiss dealer, Thomas Ammann, presented him with the gift of a 35mm Minox camera, which became the artist’s primary photo-making instrument until the time of his death in 1987. The resulting unique silver gelatin prints, which were produced during the final decade of Warhol’s life, illuminate most comprehensively the artist’s personal and artistic sphere. Warhol’s final and most obscure body of work, a series of “stitched photos,” was created by sewing together these silver gelatin prints in serial panels of four, six, or nine identical images. Nearly five-hundred stitched photo works were created in all, most of which are now in the permanent collections of global institutions.
This exhibition brings together one of the largest selections of Warhol’s stitched photos, created within the culminating moment of Warhol’s photographic oeuvre and, indeed, his entire career. In January 1987, Robert Miller Gallery opened the sole photography show ever presented during the artist’s life, as Warhol intended to make an incredible push for photography as a medium to be appreciated as a central part of his narrative and art-making processes. Six weeks later, Warhol died unexpectedly.
This exhibition closes 2/15/20.
The Whitney Museum’s exhibition, Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again is a great representation of the artist’s body of work. Despite the fact that so much of it has been seen before, the curation makes so much of it feel fresh.
Andy Warhol’s artistic legacy is vast. He created a prolific amount of work throughout his career and the exhibition covers a lot of it. From his early commercial illustrations to his more abstract pieces, his collaborations with Basquiat, his silk screen portraits, his videos, films, and books, there is a lot to see. Below are a few highlights.
Warhol’s fascination with death is seen in numerous works in the exhibition. In 129 Die In Jet, 1962 (pictured above), he recreated the newspaper cover by hand and even used a sponge-blotting technique to reproduce the look of the halftone image. It’s interesting to see how this work foreshadowed his move to the screen printing process. This technique combined with his interest in the subject of death can be seen in his car crash paintings made the following year.
There’s a room dedicated to reproducing Warhol’s Cow Wallpaper, which he used to fill a room in the Castelli Gallery as part of a 1966 installation where he “retired from painting”. He used it again in 1971 for a retrospective at the Whitney, where he directed that all the works be hung on it for the exhibition. It’s a creative way to tie in that history and to present the various colored flower paintings.
Some of Warhol’s portrait series, Ladies and Gentlemen, 1975, which focused on members of New York’s queer community, is included in the show. It’s a nice contrast to his portraits that more commonly feature socialites and Hollywood celebrities.
His giant portrait of Mao is impressive, and takes up a wall in one of the galleries. It’s a reproduction of a painting by Zhang Zhenshi, which was at the time thought to be the most widely reproduced artwork in the world. Warhol created the work in response to reading about then President Nixon’s trip to meet with the Chinese leader, while China was still considered an enemy of the United States.
On a separate floor are several monitors playing Warhol’s video work and work related to the artist. Included is one of him eating a Burger King burger, shot by Danish documentarian Jørgen Leth, that the fast food chain used as part of their ad in this year’s Superbowl.
Warhol was a constantly evolving artist who worked in many mediums, in effective ways. The exhibition is a testament to Warhol’s unique perspective and how his work continues to resonate in a time period where so much of what he was commenting on has even more relevance.
Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again, closes 3/31/19 and is free Friday from 7-10pm.
Empress Of- When I’m With Him
Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/7-3/10-19)-
Damien Jurado is playing at Highland Park Ebell with Anna St.Louis opening
Justus Proffit is having a record release party at Zebulon with Pardoner and Orchin also performing
MOCA Grand Avenue is having the last iteration of its Blame the Audience free film series organized by Jason Simon. Tonight features the films Tiger Morse by Andy Warhol, If Andy Warhol’s Super-8 Camera Could Talk by Roddy Bogawa, and Outfitumentary by K8 Hardy.
There’s an art walk and block party with live music, live artists, vendors, art, and more in Mar Vista
Brooklyn based multimedia artist Miss Eaves will be performing her songs at The Hi Hat (free)
Adia Victoria is playing at the Moroccan Lounge with Dick Stusso and Sofia Bolt opening
ArtNight Pasadena returns with its free evening of live music, performances, and free admission to museums and galleries in Pasadena. There will also be free shuttles to take you around to the various locations.
Artist Carrie Mae Weems is combining music, text, projection and video for her performance based work Past Tense at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel. The work looks at the famous work Antigone and its relevance to today’s political times.
French for Rabbits and Kate Teague are playing a free early show at Gold-Diggers
Big Wild are playing at The Novo with Robotaki and Mild Minds opening
Rosie Tucker will be performing at The Hi Hat to celebrate the release of her new LP
Small Forward and Jerkagram are opening for Reptaliens at The Satellite
Black Midi are playing at the Bootleg Theater with SK Kakraba and Superet opening
Empress Of is playing at the El Rey Theatre with Salt Cathedral and Saro opening
At Bergamot Station there will be several artist talks starting at 10:30am with Stan Edmonson, Lou Beach and Pierre Picot speaking at Craig Krull; Laurie Raskin at Skidmore Contemporary Art at 11:30am; and Gabriel Sanchez and Carlo Macucci at Lora Schlesinger Gallery at 12:30pm
Helms Bakery District has free screenings all day of over 24 short films on architecture and design. They will be shown on a loop in the six participating showrooms.
Atlas Obscura and Adam Papagan are hosting a screening of Public Access Talent Show, which focuses on performances unique to LA, at Zebulon
Beatriz Cortez and Rafa Esparza will be at Craft Contemporary to speak about their collaborative relationship as artists and friends and their work (free but rsvp)
Sad Park are playing at The Smell with The Groans, Gold Vine and .XOM
Julia Holter is playing Lodge Room with Tess Roby opening
Sammy Brue, Alaska Reid and Will Fox are playing a free show at Bootleg Theater
Zebulon has a free screening of Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove- Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb and later they are hosting Weirdo Night with Dynasty Handbag, Patty Schemel and other performers along with a screening of the 1983 film City of Lost Souls, a queer punk musical starring Jayne County
It’s the last day to see Ralph Ziman’s Casspir Project at The Rendon Gallery and the second day of live painting that Ziman will be doing at the gallery with fellow artist Keya Tama
Smokescreens and The Molochs are opening for The Monochrome Set at the Echoplex
DJ Windows 98 (Win Butler of Arcade Fire) will be performing at 1720
Lowland Hum are playing at the Bootleg Theater
Jonathan Bree is playing at The Echo with Big Search and Das Kope opening
Currently at Kasmin Gallery are Matvey Levenstein’s paintings depicting scenes from his life in North Fork, Long Island. There’s a quiet, peaceful quality to the works, which begin with snapshots before they are turned into paintings. This exhibition closes Saturday 3/2/19.
Across the street at another of Kasmin Gallery’s Chelsea locations, and worth a visit, is an exhibition of some of Andy Warhol’s polaroid portraits.
Susan Inglett Gallery is showing Slim… you don’t got the juice, an exhibition of work by Wilmer Wilson IV. His work with staples may seem familiar from its inclusion in the New Museum’s 2018 Triennial: Songs for Sabotage.
From the press release-
Slim… you don’t got the juice presents multidisciplinary departures from familiar modes of figurative representation, as they have evolved in the realm of photographic discourse. Wilmer Wilson IV has developed strategies of redaction and annotation in his work that begin to destabilize the norms of making and viewing portraiture through visual, material, and technical manipulation. An exploration into the complex renderings of individual subject-hood versus object-hood in portraiture, the artist has conceived of a stapled-surface-as-viewing-device that mediates image with material. The device is manifest in a series of staple works that almost fully shroud the photographic subjects beneath dense fields of metal fasteners. The austere, randomized application of the staples onto the surface of each portrait results in a resistance of visual penetration from many angles, complicating access to the underlying figures and deconstructing the voyeuristic inclinations of the viewer.
This exhibition closes 3/16/19.
At Lehmann Maupin’s 24th Street location is McArthur Binion, Hand:Work, an exhibition of the artist’s grid paintings created with oil paint stick and paper on board. The patterns created in the work are overwhelming at first glance but then when seen up close, the personal details add a new dimension to the paintings.
From the press release–
…For Binion, his personal documents represent the sum total of one’s social life: relationships, citizenship, vocation, and family life. The revealing and obscuring of these aspects of his life also addresses the larger sociopolitical reality of African-American identity—often obscured or erased from common knowledge, yet always present in tandem with major movements in American culture. In his newest Hand:Work paintings, Binion takes an introspective approach that is more closely aligned with the artist’s own self-perception—effectively, his first self-portraits. Using copies of a photo of the home where he was born, along with a photograph of his hand as the ground layer of the paintings, Binion pares down his identity to its most essential elements. These images are tiled in repeated succession, layered under his repetitious line work in oil stick. These gestures themselves relate to memories Binion has of his early childhood farm life, a disciplined approach to the cyclical, sustained effort he maintains in his work today. Through the insertion of his hand, literally in the photographs, and figuratively in his intricate, overlapping mark-making, the artist relates to his earliest introduction to artistry in his mother’s quilting, a tradition he modified and carried into his practice.
This exhibition closes 3/2/19.
Robert Mann Gallery is showing the newly discovered work of photographer Ed Sievers. The exhibition of black and white photos also includes his later work from the 1970s in Venice Beach. The gallery also has an exhibition of Michael Kenna’s series of black and white female nudes made in Japan (not shown). Both shows close 3/2/19.
Damn! The Defiant, a group show curated by Damon Brandt and Andrew Freiser at Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, brings together “images of rebellion and dissent in contemporary portraiture” and includes a wide variety of work in different mediums from an incredible selection of artists that includes Mary Ellen Mark, Gordon Parks, Dana Schutz, Bruce Davidson, Whitfield Lovell and many more. It’s a show that’s very appropriate for a time period that is going to require more and more defiance.
From the press release-
Nothing creates projected personal territory more than the emotional push back generated from the recalcitrant expression of a defiant subject. Yet ironically, it is the very nature of this engagement that makes it difficult for the viewer to quickly detach or withdraw from what in fact amounts to an extended glare or moment of social tension. In a time of undeniable anxiety, finding both the common and contrasting ground in the portrayal of defiance speaks directly to the angst and pre-occupation for self-determination that has been and continues to be a pervasive human concern.
This exhibition closes 3/2/19.
Currently at Palm Springs Museum of Art is Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. Taking up the majority of the first floor of the museum, the exhibition includes many of his well known prints as well as several of his illustrations from his early graphic design career, a few of his Screen Tests (including Edie Sedgwick’s), his album covers, and a short documentary created for the museum with local residents who knew the artist.
This exhibition closes 5/28/18.
Portugal. The Man- Feel It Still
Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (7/27-7/30/17)-
MOCA Grand Avenue has a free screening of Eve Fowler’s film- with it which it as it if it is to be
LACMA has a free screening of Step, a documentary about a high school girls step dance team in Baltimore, and includes a conversation with the director Amanda Lipitz and the subjects of the film
For the last of Hammer Museum’s RebelRebel free music programs, Amber Mark and Maria Del Pilar are performing
Thee Commons are playing a free concert at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park
This week’s free concert at the Santa Monica Pier is Miami Horror with Cleopold opening
Summer Nights in the Garden, the Natural History Museum’s free evening event, returns with music, a tomato talk and tasting, botanical tours, knot tying, a live animal meet and greet and nature inspired activities
For Pershing Square’s free outdoor movie night this week they are showing World War Z
The Wiltern has the Lucent Dossier Experience which combines music, dancing, aerial acts, and more
Steve Gunn is playing at The Echo with Heron Oblivion and Mary Lattimore opening (or check him out tomorrow for free at the Getty)
Grand Performances this week has the U.S. premiere of the multi-media performance La Linea, a story about everyday life on the Mexico-U.S. Border, with live music, visual projections, and Norteño choreography
The World Record, The Henry Clay People, The Parson Red Heads and Le Switch are playing at The Satellite
Curator, critic and art historian Hans Ulrich Obrist will be discussing the work of Marisa Merz with Hammer chief curator Connie Butler at the Hammer Museum (free)
The Big Moon are opening for Marika Hackman at the Bootleg Theater
Steve Gunn is performing for the Getty Museum’s free concert series Saturdays off the 405
A Tribe Called Red are playing at the El Rey Theatre
Baio is playing a free concert at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park with starRo opening
For the second Summer Happenings at The Broad-Strange Forest takes its name from the work of Takashi Murakami and will concentrate on artists who work with traditional Japanese and Western influences. These include musician Tokiko Ihara, who plays the Sho, a meditative traditional woodwind instrument, female drum and guitar duo Afrirampo, and solo artist Oorutaichi, who combines electronic music, folk and pop with his own invented language. Those Japan-based groups are joined by ex-DNA member Ikue Mori and Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto; Devendra Banhart, whose last album Ape in Pink Marble was deeply inspired by Japanese culture; and former Ponytail member Dustin Wong in collaboration with Takako Minekawa. ($25 advance/$30 at the door- includes access to the museum)
Waxahatchee are playing at The Regent Theater with Cayetana and Snail Mail opening
Portugal. The Man are playing at the Hollywood Palladium with Hanni El Khatib and Fatlip
LACMA has a free screening (at 1 pm) of the HBO documentary BRILLO BOX (3¢ OFF), the story of director Lisanne Skyler’s parents purchase of one of Andy Warhol’s Brillo Boxes in 1969 for $1,000 and its increase in value in the art market (long after they had traded it) to over 3 million dollars. There will be a discussion with Skyler and curator Stephanie Barron to follow. The doc will debut on HBO on August 7.
For the last day of Fowler Museum’s African-Print Fashion Now! exhibition, there are a series of events including an exhibition tour, art talk, hands on art making, African fashion Pop-Up Shops, and a live concert (free)
There’s a Johnny Ramone tribute at Hollywood Forever cemetery that includes a screening of one of Johnny’s favorite films, Buffalo ’66, and an introduction by director Vincent Gallo. In addition, Billy Idol and Steve Jones will perform acoustic songs, there will be an exhibit of Ramones memorabilia, a pop up gallery, a Chris Cornell tribute, and more. ($20 in advance /$25 day of)
Tobin Sprout (of Guided by Voices) is performing songs from his new solo album at the Bootleg Theater with Elf Power opening
J. Cole- She Knows ft. Amber Coffman, Cults
Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (12/4-12/12/7)-
MOCA Grand Ave is screening Alternate Endings, new short videos by Rhys Ernst, Glen Fogel, Lyle Ashton Harris, Derek Jackson, Tom Kalin, My Barbarian, and Julie Tolentino, commissioned by Visual AIDS to honor the 25th anniversary of Day With(out) Art (free with RSVP)- http://sites.moca.org/the-curve/screening-discussion-alternate-endings/
M.Ward ( the him of She & Him) is playing at Amoeba Records (free)- http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-3170/
Angel Olsen is at the El Rey with Kevin Morby- http://www.theelrey.com/events/detail/254266
Dance, visual art and the music of Stephin Merritt combine for Performance at the Redcat theater – http://www.redcat.org/event/rashaun-mitchell-stephin-merritt-ali-naschke-messing-performance
J.Cole and T.I. headline Power 106’s Cali Christmas along with several other performers at the Forum- http://www.fabulousforum.com/event/cali-christmas.html
Celebrate Repeal Day (the end of Prohibition) by getting sauced on cheap booze! Los Angeles Magazine put together a great list of bars with drink specials and parties- http://www.lamag.com/liquidlablog/repeal-day/
John Waters gets into the holiday spirit and performing his one man show- A John Waters Christmas for one night at the Comedy Store- http://hollywood.thecomedystore.com/event.cfm?id=310227&cart
Photo critic Philip Gefter will discuss the work of Larry Sultan at LACMA (free)- http://www.lacma.org/event/philip-gefter-sultan
Chrissie Hynde is at the Pantages singing songs from her new album Stockholm as well as songs from the Pretenders era- http://hollywoodpantages.com/showinfo.php?id=43
Venice Christmas Boat Parade could get you in a festive mood- http://www.venicechristmasboatparade.com/
Silverlake Flea Market is in the Micheltorena school playground free and free parking- https://www.facebook.com/events/772139309514695/
Artisanal LA is having a holiday market in Old Pasadena – http://artisanalla.com/events/
Saturday and Sunday
Unique LA is having their holiday market at the California Market center- $10 (for entrance on both days) includes snacks, drinks and “DIY craft projects”- http://www.uniqueusa.com/markets-la
MOCA Grand Ave is screening Andy Warhol’s 8 hour film Empire which is footage of the Empire State Building. RSVP for the reception to follow at 7:30. Mention Empire at the box office to receive complimentary admission- http://sites.moca.org/the-curve/screening-andy-warhols-empire/
The Ace Hotel Theatre is hosting one of Cinefamily’s fundraising events Truth & Soul, Inc: Day Three Downey: Clown Prince of the Underground (hosted by Louis CK, feat. Robert Downey Sr.’s Putney Swope)- http://www.acehotel.com/calendar/losangeles/putney-swope
LA Conservancy is showing Home Alone in the afternoon at the Orpheum Theatre with holiday music beforehand- https://www.laconservancy.org/holiday
The Rock ‘N’ Roll Flea Market has vintage clothing as well as music related items- http://www.theregenttheater.com/event/689041-rock-n-roll-flea-market-los-angeles/
Love it or hate it CicLAvia is back- this time through South LA- http://www.ciclavia.org/events/873/south-la/985/about
TV On The Radio- Happy Idiot
Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (10/23-10/26)-
TV On The Radio are at The Mayan- http://goldenvoice.com/shows/details/?id=254955
The Pumpkin Pie group show opens at Daniel Rolnik gallery in Santa Monica- artwork starts at $20- https://www.facebook.com/events/288464961362411
Allo Darlin’ are playing at the Echo- http://www.theecho.com/event/655831-allo-darlin-los-angeles/
Producer and musician Daniel Lanois will be at the Grammy Museum for a performance and discussion of his work- http://www.grammymuseum.org/events/detail/the-drop-daniel-lanois
Bradford Cox (Deerhunter), Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna) Tom Verlaine (Television), Martin Rev (Suicide) and Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces) will perform live original scores to 15 never seen before Andy Warhol films for- Exposed – Songs for Unseen Warhol Films at UCLA’s Royce Hall- http://cap.ucla.edu/calendar/details/warholexposed
Night of the Living Zoo at the LA Zoo has dramatic Edgar Allen Poe readings, live music, drinks, a costume contest, and of course, the animals – http://www.lazoo.org/nightofthelivingzoo/
Friday and Saturday
Broken Bells are at the Orpheum Theatre- http://goldenvoice.com/shows/details/?id=252154
At Jerry Beck’s Halloween Spooktacular at Cinefamily he is screening “a selection of strange, creepy Halloween-related cartoons using vintage prints in 16mm and 35mm that range from ghoulishly red Eastmancolor to gorgeously garish Technicolor”- http://www.cinefamily.org/films/spectrefest-2014/#spectrefest-jerry-becks-halloween-spooktacular
If you are willing to head a little out of Los Angeles, Beach Goth at The Observatory in Santa Ana has a pretty awesome lineup which includes- The Drums, DIIV, Bleached, Tijuana Panthers, Atlas Sound and more- 3 stages $40 and also, Pauly Shore is hosting- http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/beach-goth-3
Festival Supreme, at the Shrine, hosted by Tenacious D, is a comedy and music festival that definitely leans more towards the comedy- lineup includes Workaholics, The State, Cheech and Chong, Peaches, Fred Armisen and tons more as well as a “Circus of Death” with a carousel, haunted forest and a bounce house church among other attractions- http://festivalsupreme.com/
LACMA has a double Johnny Depp/Tim Burton feature – Sleepy Hollow and Edward Scissorhands– http://www.lacma.org/event/sleepy-hollow-0
Saturday and Sunday
Brewery Art Walk is back this weekend- have some drinks and snacks and wander around the huge complex checking out open art studios- http://breweryartwalk.com/
Daryl Hall & John Oates at the Greek- https://www.greektheatrela.com/events/event_details.php?id=2919
If you are at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market on Ivar, make sure to stop by Pumpkin Fest at Space 15 Twenty- DIY mini pumpkins, flea market and a DJ- http://www.space15twenty.com/