Andy Warhol was one of the most influential artists of the last 100 years and a NYC icon. On the anniversary of his birth we remember him with this great clip of Andy and Edie Sedgwick on the Merv Griffin Show in 1965.
You’ve seen their videos on our website and books in our rooms. Now let us take you inside Scott Newman and Marc Santo’s newest edition of Revel In New York.
In what the NY Times calls “freewheeling” and “a unique way of exploring the city”, Revel offers an authentic and personal look at our city through the eyes of notable artists, architects, chefs and filmmakers. The pocket-size guidebook is not typical — along with interviews and full page pictorials each subject shares personal recommendations for where to go and what to do.
The newest edition, Vol III, features many interesting people including costume designer Christian Joy, nightclub promoter Todd Pendu, chef Marcus Samuelsson and legendary photographer/filmmaker Jerry Schatzberg. Recommendations span the whole city including the Williamsburg, Brooklyn beauty shop Miomia, Ubu Gallery on 59th St, Maysles Cinema in Harlem, and Omen in Soho, which Schatzberg calls “a Japanese Elaine’s with good food”.
With contributions by past Revel subjects including Rolling Stones and AC/DC tour photographer Michael Halsband (Vol II), famed designer Jim Walrod (Vol I) and chef and TV host Eddie Huang (Vol II), Revel is a must read for curious travelers and locals alike.
Times Square hasn’t always been the safe and corporate friendly “Disneyland” it is today. Yes in it’s not-too-distant history the area was filled with b-boys, pimps, prostitutes and trannies, all of which have been captured by and seen in the new book The Forty Deuce: The Times Square Photographs of Bill Butterworth.
The collection of candid portraits from the early eighties depicts everyone who defined the neighborhood, from the spandex-clad sex workers to the hip-hop crews decked out in tracksuits and sneakers. Bill wasn’t an outsider the scene around 42nd St, he was one of them. He made a living selling his medium-format portraits, and in the process created a record of a time and way of life that the people walking around Times Square right now probably can’t imagine.
Prints from the book as well as an exhibition of never-before-seen shots are on view at the powerHouse Arena from June 12 through July 1.
An exhibition of Richard Avedon’s legendary photographic murals and related portraits are on exhibit at Gagosian Gallery. His visionary depictions of couture changed fashion in magazines and his commanding portraits of public figures were among the most venerated in the world.
In his large-scale murals and the smaller, related portraits of the 1960s and 1970s, Avedon sought to depict the spirit of the times. The transgendered Candy Darling and the naked Taylor Mead testify to the provocative countercultural behavior of the Factory. The spirit of political rebellion is embodied by the Chicago Seven mural, as well as the individual photos of writer Jean Genet, Weatherman leader Bernardine Dohrn, and former turf gang-turned-human rights group, the Young Lords. The expanding definition of the American family is represented by the mural of the Ginsbergs, while earlier images of Allen in nude embrace with his partner Peter Orlovsky, were found to be too shocking for most publications in 1963. Finally, the war administrators—the Mission Council—are juxtaposed with victims of the war: Vietnamese survivors of napalm attacks. Powerful and dynamic, Avedon’s images became icons of their embattled times that resonate for the present and future.
Murals & Portraits
May 4 – July 27, 2012
The creator of the photography book New York, William Klein once described the city in which he was born and raised as a “mixture of beauty, tenderness, absurd brutality, and fathomless intimidation” before leaving for Paris. Likewise, in his novel Another Country, James Baldwin let his character Rufus, a black young man who drowns himself in Hudson River, complain, “You took the best, so why not take the rest?” before Baldwin headed off to Paris as well. And finally, Jack Kerouac, who gave us with On The Road, one of my favorite accounts of a vagabond life, reportedly jumped onto a train to visit his mother at home in Lowell in the outskirts of Boston whenever his life in Manhattan got too woeful and frustrating.
The city of New York, and the Manhattan neighborhood in particular, is certainly one huge melting pot of human desires, and as one can easily imagine that it is an extremely practical location, it seems just natural to me that an artist of a nervous and sensitive nature sooner or later feels like plotting an escape. For myself, however, who is always just a traveler, Manhattan has that throbbing something that attracts and spellbinds people – although it might of course be different if I wasn’t only visiting. New York is filled with a vague scent of mescaline while the smell of Andy Warhol is billowing out of every street.