Tag: Andy Land

  • Andy Land 8: Ads For — and Attacks On — the Avant Garde

    It’s 1964 in downtown New York — do you know where your demimonde is? As it turns out, some of its denizens were in jail. In the March 19, 1964, issue of the Village Voice, Jonas Mekas, the paper’s resident explicator of the underground scene (and a filmmaker in his own right), delivered a first-person […]

  • Andy Land 7: A Museum of One’s Own

    In May 1994, the opening of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh was the art event of the year, drawing the bold-faced glitterati from both New York’s high society and downtown demimonde to the artist’s hometown in the hills of western Pennsylvania. The Voice devoted two stories to the occasion, with Elizabeth Hess raving about […]

  • Andy Land 6: How Warhol’s Legacy Was Nearly Destroyed

    It may seem strange to all the eager art lovers mobbing the Whitney’s new show “Andy Warhol — From A to B and Back Again,” but a quarter-century ago the legacy of the pop-art impresario was in peril. In the July 20, 1993, issue of the Village Voice, Paul Alexander described the legal wreckage: “While the […]

  • Andy Land 5: Evicting Tenants Downtown and Having a Retrospective Uptown

    In the summer of 1970 Andy Warhol purchased a building on the Bowery and bought out one of the three tenants living there — all of whom were artists — for $300. The other two, James Cuchiara and John Firth, held out for more because, as Clark Whelton reported in the July 2, 1970, issue […]

  • Andy Land 4: A Saint, the Village Holy Man, and God Himself

    Three months after Andy Warhol’s unexpected death in February 1987, due to complications from gallbladder surgery, the Village Voice devoted a special twelve-page section to the artist and his legacy: Voice art critic Gary Indiana took stock of the work itself; Warhol’s former aide-de-camp Gerard Malanga explored the artist’s process; Factory superstar Viva shined a spotlight on […]

  • Andy Land 3: The Shot Heard Round the Demimonde

    For Andy Warhol, a night on the town was hardly a news-making event, especially in the Sixties. But in September 1968, when Voice writer Leticia Kent caught up with the pop-art icon, it was front-page news. As Kent wrote in the September 12 issue of the paper: “It was the underground film-maker’s first public appearance […]

  • Andy Land 2: Partying With the Sixties Glitterati

    The world of Andy Warhol in the Sixties was a whirlwind, and late 1967 was no exception. In fact, Warhol was so busy that fall that he sent a look-alike to impersonate him on a tour of West Coast colleges. In his 1980 memoir, POPism: The Warhol Sixties, the artist wrote: “It wasn’t until about four […]

  • Andy Land 1: Taking a Look Behind Warhol’s Shades

    [Editor’s note: By the spring of 1965, when seminal Voice editor John Wilcock tried to make sense of the underground pop culture phenomenon of Andy Warhol, the paper and the artist were intrinsically connected. From Warhol’s paintings to his films to the live events he helped produce throughout downtown New York, the Voice was there […]

  • Cozying Up to Murderous Despots — What Could Go Wrong?

    As more information is leaked about the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by minions of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, we were reminded of another royal family in the region. In the mid-1970s, much of Washington’s elite and a swath of America’s glitterati welcomed the Shah of Iran, in spite of the fact […]

  • Addicted to Lou

    ‘I was talking to Lou Reed the other day, and he said that the first Velvet Underground record sold only 30,000 copies in its first five years. Yet, that was an enormously important record for so many people. I think everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band!” Thus spake musician/producer Brian […]