ANDY WARHOL + BRIGID BERLIN ON WHO ACTUALLY DID WARHOL'S ART
This post is inspired by the upcoming 3rd Annual Amoeba Art Show + Factory Party in conjunction with the East Bay Express next Friday, March 6th (6-11PM), which is bound to be hella fun -- like all Amoeba events and the East Bay Express' Best of the East Bay event at the Oakland Museum a few months ago which Amoeba was also a part of. And the art show is free too! Anyway, above is an excerpt from the interviews in which Andy Warhol (sans glasses) credits Brigid Berlin (also in the clip) for contributing to the creation of many of his paintings, resulting in folks becoming highly skeptical of "his" work and whether or not "his" work should be rightfully credited to him or someone else.
What I love most about this open admission by Warhol is his pure honesty, his unbridled don't-give-a-fuck attitude as to what people (serious art critics) may think, and the fact that even by not doing all of his own art or by outsourcing it, that he was in effect still creating a new style of art -- one that is so influential that even the "Photo Booth" program in the Mac I am working on comes complete with a Warhol derived "Pop Art" feature.
Hence, considering that much of Warhol's art was based on repeating and duplicating images and ideas, I find it quite fitting that he was the spokesperson for TDK tape, as in the Japanese TV ad below. Also below is the B&W clip of David Bowie, with then-wife Angela, visiting The Factory and busting out some dance and mime moves. Bowie's visit to the Factory was in September 1971, five months after the release of his Hunky Dory album, which of course featured the song "Andy Warhol" -- also included below but in a later, live reworked version from a 1996 concert.
These days the former Warhol superstar Brigid Berlin is 70 years of age and has a MySpace where she writes, "My mother wanted me to be a slim, respectable socialite. Instead I became an overweight troublemaker." She also has a clip from Pie in the Sky: The Brigid Berlin Story (1999):
ANDY WARHOL JAPANESE TV TDK AD
DAVID BOWIE AT WARHOL'S FACTORY (1971)
COMPLETE REWORKING OF "ANDY WARHOL" SONG BY BOWIE (LIVE 1996)