Our desire for icons is as old as time itself. Drag culture toys with sexual paradigms, forcing us to re-address and subvert our expectations about our icons. Andy Warhol captured this culture through his polaroids of the New York Queens of the 70’s. Now we are digitising this tradition with generation’s medium - the GIF.
Today we mourn the loss of influential art critic and philosopher, Arthur C. Danto, whose legacy began in 1964 with a strange encounter of Brillo boxes in a New York gallery. Warhol’s sculptures begged the question, “What makes this art?” setting off a chain of thinking that evolved into a new way of interpreting contemporary art.
We did our soft launch for the Hard Fifty Farm Zine Mobile yesterday at the Johnson County Resource Library in Overland Park, KS. Had to make some last minute adjustments on account of the wind but I think it went pretty well overall. Had close to 100 visitors. Liam and Jack got bored and ditched us to hang out with the steampunks inside making eye patches! ;) I’ve got lots of ideas for how to make this better moving forward.
Huge thanks to the Charlotte Street Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Spencer Museum of Art and the Johnson County Library for helping us get this project rolling!
CONVERSE CHUCK TAYLOR ALL START X ANDY WARHOL (GOOD LUCK GETTING A PAIR)
The buzz is Converse is dropping an Andy Warhol All Star Collection this January. There’s going to be a limited edition run of only 200 pairs sold within the US.
I’m excited …for now. But I know what’s coming, most of these Converses will end up in plexiglass boxes in collector’s houses. The only stores that will actually carry a pair, will be in Manhattan, NY. I will continue to dream of owning a pair only to be driven to Ebay where the disappointment will continue as the opening bid is a whopping $800.00 dollars or more.
All the other collaborations were just as thrilling; the Lichtenstein, Hirst. There was even a Nate Lowman collaboration; he had Converses cut from his actual canvas reinterpretations of abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning’s “Marilyn Monroe” (1954). I understood the $2500 price tag for those – I mean, it took 10 hours to construct each pair.
I just prefer the PR around these Converse artist collaborations to be a little more forthcoming. How about:
Converse will launch a new limited-edition series of sneakers, the Chuck Taylor All Star Andy Warhol, featuring a selection of beloved Warhol prints – Good Luck Getting a Pair.
The new Andy Warhol x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Collection kicks are for looking at and sighing; you will never actually wear a pair.
Converse…please just be like the Pop Shop and mass produce wearable art that people actually have a chance at owning.
Throwback Thursday! Here’s a photoset from the opening reception for Andy Warhol:Shadows in New York City in 1979. We see Robert Mapplethorpe, Sam Wagstaff, Truman Capote, Leo Castelli, and Andy Warhol. The monumental painting is now on view at MOCA Grand Avenue.
[Andy Warhol: Shadows, Opening reception for solo exhibition presented by the Lone Star Foundation (now Dia Art Foundation) at Heiner Friedrich, Inc., 393 West Broadway (the current home of Walter De Maria’s The Broken Kilometer), 1979, New York City.]
Trying to buck up and get ready for presenting the zine mobile to a representative for the Andy Warhol Foundation tomorrow afternoon. Looking at Warhol quotes for inspiration, and printing some for the trailer. Andy gets it.
MAKE WAY FOR THE NEW HIPSTER ACCESSORY…I MEAN, BESIDES THE COOL BABY
I bet a lot of these Andy Warhol Bugaboo will start cropping up in the parks this summer - where the cool babies meet for even cooler play dates.
It’s not the first artist inspired baby accessory Bugaboo has put out, but the 1966 Velvet Underground album cover design is their latest collaboration with the Andy Warhol foundation and slickest one yet.