I second this wholeheartedly.
What a hack.
Although seeing his works first hand is a treat (the large size of them and all), and looking past any problems with installation, I kind of prefer looking at his books - it gives me more time to study the images than I would have in a gallery setting. Best I can do given that I can't afford to purchase his work for myself.Originally posted by MoFo
What a hack.
Really sweet guy. Very attractive and insightful (I use his lab and went on some tours with him). But the photos need to be pushed a bit further. Horribly installed at the AGO a while back.
there was a really good story in the New Yorker recently about the controversy over what is a legitimate Andy Warhol print and what isn't - and there are myriad court cases being fought presently to make the decision. There's actually a board of certification who evaluate prints and decide whether they have value or not. It all seems like Warhol's revenge on the art world in that he must have known the trouble he would cause later by the almost random way he produced and signed off his own work. Very few prints actually exist that were shot, printed, processed and signed off entirely by him. Most of the time, an assistant or group of assistants did the grunt work. He used different signatures, numbered inconsistantly, stamped occasionally and even publically disowned prints that were entirely legitimate. End result is that the certification board is highly political and valuation of Warhol prints is almost impossible without incurring court costs. It's as if Andy's larger statement was to declare the value and sale of art as invalid (even though he benefitted from it in his lifetime) and corrupt.Originally posted by MoFo
Quick story: I was in his studio one time and we were inspecting a print on the ground. It was HUGE so it was really difficult to handle. One of the assistants just threw it on the ground (I literally gasped) and there were tons of mistakes, dust and crinkles in it. I noted it to the guy and he was like "oh... really? ok, well I guess we have to throw this one out."
And I'm thinking "wow, a 30K print thrown on the floor.. and now it's just gonna be trash.." I should've stole it while I had the chance. Ha.