Honoring Cecil the Lion Through Andy Warhol’s Psychedelic Endangered Animal Species Series

Known to be an animal-lover, Andy Warhol was approached by environmental activists in the 80′s to bring attention to the beauty and horrifying numbers of animals that were near extinction around the globe. Composed in a set of rainbow silkscreens, Warhol’s print followed his traditional composition of colorful, high-contrast pieces, which reveal the artist’s whimsical nature. Featuring animals, such as the Siberian tiger, the bald eagle, and the San Francisco Silverspot, Warhol’s portraits remind us that animal extinction is caused by humanity’s irresponsibility. Highlighting the beauty and artistic organic quality of animals, the series calls attention to preservation and admiration of nature.

Images Courtesy of The Andy Warhol Foundation of the Visual Arts

Warhol’s archives undergo a reorganization.
The Andy Warhol Museum faces problems in preserving the documents of his life.

17 years after the archive opened, it has been closed for “rehousing and reorganization : many of the objects are still not cataloged  It is hoped that the work will be finished by early in the new year and the archive will reopen. But while the reorganization has affected direct access, “it hasn’t stopped us from lending objects to exhibitions, preparing our own shows, or cataloging Warhol’s Time Capsules, all of which are moving along,” says Matt Wrbican, the museum’s chief archivist.

What's the official term for 'grammar Nazi'?

Proofreader?  Dunno.  But I am one.  Reading through the Warhol Foundation’s Andy Warhol Biography, I found TWO grammatical errors.

“Operating out of a silver-painted, and foil-draped studio nicknamed The Factory, located at 231 East 47th Street, (his second studio space to hold that title), Warhol embraced work in film and video.”

Whatchu doin’ there, little comma?  The comma after ‘silver-painted’ needs to go.  Commas go in lists–which comprise three or more objects–or in a comma-conjunction structure, which this is not.  All grammar rules (concerning the comma) are made to be broken, and in this case, there doesn’t need to be a comma before the 'and,’ because said 'and’ links two descriptive terms, not two independent clauses.

“Despite a brief self-declared retirement from painting following an exhibition of Flowers in Paris, Warhol continued to make sculptures (including the well known screenprinted boxes with the logos of Brillo and Heinz Ketchup) prints, and films.”

There needs to be a comma after the parenthetical.  Parenthetical phrases by their very nature can be lifted out of the text, and the sentence needs to be grammatically correct without it.  This sentence, without the parenthetical, reads, “…Warhol continued to make sculptures prints, and films."  Yeah.  Needs a comma.

"We're converting art into money".

These words, spoken by Michael Straus (Chairman of the Board of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts) on the occasion of the foundation’s auctioning off of Warhol’s remaining estate, is too deliciously apropos. It’s just glib and Post Modern enough to have been said by Warhol. If Straus isn’t directly quoting/paraphrasing him I’ll be surprised!

Don’t cringe at the idea of selling off the remaining “silk-screen paintings, drawings, prints, collages, photographs and archival materials”. The sale will have two benefits:

  • The Warhol Foundation will be putting the money earned toward their grants.
  • The collection will likely be snapped up by museums (although some of it will end up in private hands, of course), making Warhol’s art and personal effects more accessible than ever.

Quotes via “Warhol Art Trove Pops Up for Sale” at WSJ.

Art & Vision: Warhol and the Art of Making Money

by Nathaniel Smith

Inspired by “Andy Warhol in Minneapolis,” with a medium at his side and a bunch of questions about art, funding and politics, l’étoile arts columnist Nathaniel Smith peers into the hereafter to get the Prince of Pop Art’s take on how work is bought and sold, in his own words. Originally published by mnartists.org

ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987), Marilyn (See F. & S. IIIA.3) Screenprint in black 22 ½ x 17 ½ in. (57.2 x 44.5 cm.) Executed in 1978. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

There’s a unique exhibition on view recently at Aria, located in the Minneapolis Warehouse District: one of the largest presentations of work ever seen in Minnesota, by one of America’s most famous artists, Andy Warhol, opened there a couple of weeks ago. The exhibition, titled Andy Warhol in Minneapolis, was the first physical stop in the Andy Warhol at Christie’sseries. The show included more than 50 paintings, photographs, prints and works on paper by Warhol, among them a selection of pieces originally featured in Warhol’s only previous showing in Minneapolis at the Locksley Shea Gallery in 1975.

Not only do we rarely receive these types of collections by major artists, we rarely get to enjoy the debate that surrounds the modern art auction. Initially, some balked at Christie’s auction house being tapped to handle the sales of the Warhol Foundation’s remaining works, but most of those objecting were subsequently mollified by the fact that the majority of proceeds from those sales are being used to fund art projects, spaces, writing and artists themselves. And as of two weeks ago, Christie’s online sales of Warhol’s work totaled $2.7 million, twice the pre-sale estimate — money which will, in turn, go toward funding the Foundation’s many grant-related projects.

ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987), Self Portrait Unique polaroid print 4 3/8 x 3 ½ in. (11.2 x 8.9 cm.) Executed in 1973 © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

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A Brief History of Digital Art via Intel iQ

Never one to shy away from a commercial endeavor, Warhol in 1985 became a Commodore representative, agreeing to create digital art on an Amiga 1000 to help advertise the computer. His 28 digital “experiments” were nearly lost until 2014, when artist Cory Arcangel worked with the Warhol Museum and theCarnegie Mellon University Computer Club to recover the files.

These four digital Warhols have never before been seen in their native environment: a vintage Amiga. Warhol Museum visitors will soon be able to view these Amiga Graphicraft creations, plus six other Warhol experiments, and create their own images on a retrofit computer.

Read the full story.

Image: Experiments for Commissioned Digital Work, 1985/2015, digital images originally created by Andy Warhol housed in vintage Amiga computer shell, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, original digital images © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Epicenter and High Desert Test Sites (HDTS) are co-hosting HDTS: Epicenter on October 9-12, 2015. HDTS: Epicenter is a collaborative curation of 12 artist projects, along with many regional points of interest and programs in diverse locations in and around the rural Utah community of Green River, Utah.

Participating artists include:
Steve Badgett
Alyse Emdur & Michael Parker
Butchy Fuego
Kathleen Johnson & Mark So
Nicole Lavelle
Charles MacQuarie
Allan McCollum
Jordan Topiel Paul & J. Gordon Faylor
The Puusemp Family (Ephraim, Kiersten & Raivo Puusemp)
Cyrus Smith, Alison Kinney, Daniel Nickerson & Matt Takiff
Bennett Williamson

…stay tuned here for more!

This project is made possible through support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts, Utah’s Emery County Travel Board, and the Robber’s Roost Motel.