Andy Warhol 1928-1987
Andy Warhol spent much of his time clubbing with celebrities. He documented much of his life with a Polaroid camera. But despite his public presence, much of Warhol’s persona remains a mystery.
In 1976, Warhol began to telephone his friend, Pat Hackett, every weekday morning, to record his activities of the previous day. Hackett would transcribe his words. The calls continued for eleven years. They ended just five days before his death in 1987.
Pat Hackett edited the more than 20,000 pages she had written down to 807 pages, and, in 1989, The Andy Warhol Diaries was posthumously published by Warner Books.
Director Andrew Rossi has turned The Andy Warhol Diaries into a 6-part series. Using Artificial Intelligence technology, the film will be narrated by an actor, making it seem as if Warhol is speaking the words of his diary.
The official description of the show promises an in-depth look at Warhol’s life: “Beginning with his childhood in Pittsburgh, the series traces Warhol’s almost unbelievably diverse journey fluidly moving between mediums and through eras as an artist – both revered and reviled – director, publisher, TV producer, scene maker, celebrity and much more. While he was a larger-than-life figure, Warhol was intensely private regarding his personal life. This series truly reveals much about the very complex man through his own words – often in his own voice through the use of cutting-edge AI techniques – and those who worked, created and played alongside him from the subversive to the mainstream, from John Waters to Rob Lowe.”
The Andy Warhol Diaries will air on Netflix on March 9, 2022.
Roy Lichtenstein 1923-1997
Roy Lichtenstein’s work was first shown at the Whitney Museum’s Annual Exhibition in 1965. That show was the beginning of a long relationship between the artist and the museum.
Lichtenstein sometimes led seminars for the Whitney’s Independent Study Program. The program began in 1968, to mentor young artists, curators and art historians. Every year the Whitney selects fifteen students to live and work together and to meet and share ideas with established artists.
The Independent Study Program has never had a permanent home. That is about to change, thanks to a generous donation from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation.
The Foundation is donating Lichtenstein’s Greenwich Village studio to the Whitney. The building is located just a few blocks from the museum and will be used to house Independent Study Program participants and guest speakers.
Lichtenstein bought the 9,000 square foot building at 745 Washington Street in 1987. He divided his time between his home and studio in Southampton and his home and studio on Washington Street.
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