Friday, June 4, 2010

Firestone Conquers East Hampton

Posted By on Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 8:22 PM

Andy Warhol, Muhammad Ali, 1978, one of four screenprints on Bristol Strathmore paper (c) 2009 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York The name, image, and likeness of Muhammad Ali appears courtesy of Muhammad Ali Enterprises, LLC. Bank of America Collection
  • Andy Warhol, Muhammad Ali, 1978, one of four screenprints on Bristol Strathmore paper (c) 2009 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York The name, image, and likeness of Muhammad Ali appears courtesy of Muhammad Ali Enterprises, LLC. Bank of America Collection

Eric Firestone may have had to shut down that swank gallery he was running on North Sixth Avenue (and if you missed any of those openings, you missed out more than just a mechanical riding bull and great hot dogs from Guero Cañelo). But it looks like he's doing OK out in the Hamptons with that Dylan show he debuted here. From the New York Post:

The sleepy East Hampton art scene will get a major jolt tomorrow when Eric Firestone opens his gallery with "Warhol, From Dylan to Duchamp," featuring 150 behind-the-scenes photos of Warhol at work. The real showstoppers are two dozen never-before-seen shots of Andy in a 10-gallon hat filming his 1968 wild, gay Western, "Lonesome Cowboys," in the Arizona desert. Expected at the opening are Warhol superstars Taylor Mead, Viva and Jane Holzer, Lou Reed, fashion designer Betsey Johnson, plus lensmen Michael Halsband, Anton Perich and Patrick McMullan. Who won't be there? Director and one-time Warhol collaborator Paul Morrissey, who, when invited, groused, "Andy never shot anything, I did it all. He just stood around the camera and posed." Septuagenarian Sylvia Miles, who went to so many parties in the 1970s it was said she'd attend the opening of an envelope, demanded to be paid to show up. Sylvia, don't you know we're in a recession?

By the way, you're running out of time to see the great Warhol show at the Tucson Museum of Art. Details here.

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