Time Capsule 21:
People from all walks of life orbited Warhol’s world, including many artists, filmmakers, and musicians – all those engaged in the creative arts. He collected artwork by famous artists such as Jasper Johns, and often exchanged works with artist friends. The Time Capsules feature many invitations to exhibition openings, photographs of other artists, and occasionally artwork and artist’s books. Famous artists even gave Warhol gifts that he put in the boxes, including a bag full of the used painter’s palettes of Salvador Dali.
TC21 Object: Antonio Frasconi, Kaleidoscope in Woodcuts (front view of accordion fold artist print book), 1968
This artist’s book, perhaps purchased by Warhol or given to him as a gift, features illustrations by Antonio Frasconi, an internationally known woodcut artist who published hundreds of prints and illustrated many books.
TC21 Object: Antonio Frasconi, Kaleidoscope in Woodcuts (open view of accordion fold artist print book), 1968
Warhol’s interest in artist’s books such as this is reflected in his own publications throughout the 1950s, which featured his own writings, illustrations, artwork and other materials. In 1967, Warhol produced his first artist’s book in his Pop style, Andy Warhol’s Index (Book).
TC21 Object: Exhibition announcement (Group exhibition / Leo Castelli Gallery, February, 1964)
Front of an exhibition announcement for a group exhibition featuring Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, and John Chamberlain dated February 1964, at the Leo Castelli Gallery.
TC21 Object: Invoice (from Leo Castelli Gallery to Andy Warhol, May 8, 1961)
Invoice indicating a $200 balance due, from Leo Castelli Inc. to Andy Warhol, dated May 8, 1961 for the purchase of Jasper Johns’ Light Bulb drawing.
Marie Menken and Willard Maas
TC21 Object: Marie Menken and Willard Maas, 1963
In the 1950s, painter and filmmaker Marie Menken and her husband, filmmaker and poet Willard Maas, founded the Gryphon Group (which also included Stan Brakhage, Charles Boultenhouse, Gregory Markopolous, Ben Moore, and Charles Henri Ford) as a cooperative organization to further the production and distribution of independently made films. Menken’s stop-motion film Andy Warhol (1965) and Maas’ Andy Warhol’s Silver Flotations (1966) both focus on Andy Warhol. Menken was also in Warhol’s films, The Life of Juanita Castro (1965), and The Chelsea Girls (1966). Warhol also did a Screen Test of both Menken and Maas (1965 & 1966).
Screen Test: Marie Menken [ST215] (1966)
Screen Test: Willard Maas, [ST197] (1965)
“…the last of the great bohemians. They wrote and filmed and drank (their friends called them ‘scholarly drunks’) and were involved with all the modern poets…. She filmed lots of short movies, some of them with Willard, and she even did one on a day in my life.”
TC21 Object: Envelope and exhibition announcement (The Troubles: An Artist's Document of Ulster / Museum of Mott Art, December 12, 1972 - January 21, 1973)
Warhol’s biographer and friend David Bourdon was a close friend of Conceptual artist Les Levine, who was born in 1935 in Dublin, Ireland, and who now lives in New York City. Alongside such figures as Nam June Paik and Steina Vasulka, Les Levine is regarded as a pioneer of video and media art, producing his first videotapes in 1964. Since then, he has created environments, installations, sculptures, and mass media campaigns, often exploiting the language of advertising to question the state of art and culture. His work is included in many international collections. His interest in art as a tool to explore social issues is reflected in this photographic series from the 1970s documenting the conflicts between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland, entitled The Troubles: An Artist’s Document of Ulster.