The Andy Warhol Museum just announced newly-discovered experiments created by Andy Warhol on an Amiga computer in 1985. Warhol’s saved files, trapped on Amiga floppy disks held by The Warhol’s archives collection, were extracted by members of the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Computer Club and its Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry in a complex recovery process. The Hillman Photography Initiative at Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) initiated and then documented this process for its The Invisible Photograph series. Read more.
The Andy Warhol Museum has launched an app for your iPhone, iPad and Android devices of their collection including awesome behind the scenes info regarding some of Warhol’s best pieces.
I love that more museums and art institutions are getting into new current ways of spreading information about the work and artists that will really encourage a younger generation to participate in a way that is natural and comfortable for them.
Here’s the thing about this one, it costs $2.99. I understand that they cost quite a bit to make and donors don’t grow on trees but let’s be frank, say 10,000 people buy it, is that $29,999 really worth it when maybe 20,000 people might have downloaded it for free and you would have gotten the word out about your museum a little broader?
I’ll be honest, I’m not going to get it because I’m cheap and I would rather spend that $3 on a fancy coffee drink or a coconut water* or…something. I know I’m spoiled because so many apps do come for free or for $0.99, but I still can’t rationalize** this much for an app. I am just curious to know the rational behind this, because I can’t imagine that the app is more about spreading the word of art and Warhol and the museum’s mission than it is about making an extra buck.
Maybe I’m just cheap?
*I’m totally going to the gym today, so I really need to be hydrated, you know?
Cleaning an artwork is one of the most sensitive conservation tasks, due to the challenges of determining exactly what to remove, and then exactly how to remove it without affecting the original art surface. This is often complicated by unstable original materials, previous restorations, previous storage environments, or other effects of age.
Last week I had the rare opportunity to perform a cleaning that was quite straightforward, on Philip Pearlstein’s Self Portrait/Portrait of George Klauber. This unique gem is from Pearlstein’s last year as a student; the style is more surreal and playful than his later work, and he also created the unusual frame. In this case, other than being incredibly grimy, the painting and frame were in great condition. The grime that had built up over the decades was a combination of a greasy yellow film (possibly nicotine from cigarette smoke) and dry soot-like material, and tests determined that a modified aqueous solution was successful in removing it. Afterwards, the original bright colors were revealed in their intended relationships, helping restore the painting’s liveliness.
In the image above, you can see the transition in progress: the left side has been cleaned, the right side is still shadowed by the coat of grime, and my swab on his shirt points out the stunning line of contrast. The treatment was done in preparation for loan to the Andy Warhol Museum, and it was very satisfying to be able to send this charming painting out its cleaner state.
The Andy Warhol Museum turned 21 this week. Fiesta Pig seemed an appropriate image
to celebrate. The 1979 print was made the same year as Warhol’s After the Party, a primarily black-and-white
still life of plates, glasses, stemware, and bottles. Fiesta Pig was commissioned by the publisher of Die Welt, a German newspaper, for its
readers. The pig appears to be eating off of a Fiesta Ware plate (Warhol was a
collector of Fiesta Ware), and the bright colors used in the print evoke the
colors of the dinnerware. Fiesta Pig
reminds us of After the Party; maybe
the pig slipped in to clean up?
Director Eric Shiner praised Jay Z: “Andy would have loved Jay Z for his defining role in contemporary popular culture, and it was fantastic to see this icon of fame standing amidst our own iconic Warhol works.”