The Whitney publishes the second volume of Andy Warhol’s films Catalog Raisonné, Transfers Archive …
The Whitney Museum of American Art has announced the publication of the second volume of the catalog raisonné of Andy Warhol’s films. Shedding light on the true significance of Warhol’s radical experiences in cinema and his mastery of the medium, The Films of Andy Warhol Catalog Raisonné, 1963-1965, Volume 2 features extensive research undertaken by The Whitney and will be published for worldwide distribution by Yale University Press on October 26. The museum also announced that it reached an agreement last month to donate its extensive research material and archival holdings related to Warhol’s film-making to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). With the transfer of the Warhol Film Archive (created by the Whitney Museum of American Art), MoMA is expanding its vast Warhol art and film and will continue the important research and work of the catalog raisonné.
In 1970, Warhol withdrew all of his films from distribution, removing them from the public and relegating them to a realm of myth, hearsay and disinformation. About a decade later, John G. Hanhardt, editor-in-chief of Catalog Raisonné Les Films d’Andy Warhol, 1963-1965 then the curator and head of film and video at The Whitney, came up with an ambitious and unusually collaborative project: The Whitney and MoMA would work together to preserve, restore, display, distribute and catalog all of Warhol’s cinema. Warhol’s cooperation was sought, and in 1984 he deposited his original films with MoMA and the Whitney began fundamental research for the catalog raisonné. This venture, officially known as the Andy Warhol Film Project, was a joint venture of the Whitney, MoMA, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., and the Andy Warhol Museum. Following last month’s transfer, the Warhol Film Archive, created by the Whitney, becomes a permanent part of MoMA’s film department, headed by Rajendra Roy, Celeste Bartos’ chief film curator.
“The publication of this second volume is extremely important. The Whitney’s continued efforts to document, research and study Warhol’s remarkable cinematic works, as well as the preservation and digitization initiatives of the Museum of Modern Art and the Andy Warhol Museum, have brought them to a wider audience, ”said Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum. “By bringing Whitney’s in-depth research into Warhol’s cinema to MoMA, we can ensure that information on the artist’s groundbreaking and now iconic films will remain accessible to scholars and the public for many years to come. I would like to express my warmest thanks to MoMA, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Andy Warhol Museum for their commitment to this epic adventure and their generosity in supporting the creation of the second volume of the film’s catalog raisonné with precious information and access to films.
Catalog Raisonné Les Films d’Andy Warhol, 1963-1965 features insightful introductory essays that discuss Warhol’s influences, source materials, working methods, and technical innovations, as well as his engagement with the performers, writers, and other collaborators who participated in his groundbreaking films. Comprehensive entries offer detailed cataloging information, comprehensive descriptions, and critical analysis of over a hundred individual works, accompanied by copious stills and behind-the-scenes photographs that provide compelling visual documentation of the films. This new volume completes Andy Warhol Screen Tests: The Films of Andy Warhol Catalog Raisonné, Volume 1, written by film scholar and authority on Warhol, Callie Angell, and published by Whitney and Abrams in 2006 to critical acclaim. A digitized version of Andy Warhol screen tests will be available on Yale University Press’s Art and Architecture electronic portal in spring 2022.
The films Warhol made throughout his career are among the most significant works of the prolific American artist. In the 1960s, Warhol produced hundreds of films, short and long, silent and sound, scripted and improvised. This second volume of the catalog raisonné focuses on the films he produced from 1963, when he began working with this medium, to 1965. Many of Warhol’s best-known films, including To sleep (1963), Empire (1964), Vinyl (1965), and Outdoor and indoor space (1965), were produced during this period of intense creativity. His work from this period redefined the genre of film, challenged the understanding of the medium by academics and critics, captured a wide range of audiences, and captured the attention of critics.
Eminent film scholar Bruce Jenkins brings his extensive film knowledge and deep understanding of the importance of Warhol’s work as a whole to shed crucial light on this period in essays spanning 1963 and 1964 as well as numerous entries. Critically acclaimed filmmaker Tom Kalin contributed the essay for 1965 and the essential entries for the same year. Entries from renowned researchers Jonathan Flatley, Elena Gorfinkel, Homay King, Ara Osterweil, Marc Siegel, Juan Antonio Suárez and Gregory Zinman for 1965 offer new understandings of the films of that year. Along with John G. Hanhardt’s revealing introduction, review essays and contributions from a wide range of contributors provide insightful perspectives on Warhol’s films, his network of participants, film exhibition stories and culture. in which Warhol created these works. The second volume includes more than 700 photos and documentary images to further elucidate the cinematographic works, many of which have rarely circulated.
Callie Angell’s detailed study and groundbreaking analysis of Warhol’s working methods in the first volume of the Film Catalog raisonné is a milestone in film studies that deepens our understanding of the importance of film to the art of Warhol, ”said John G. Hanhardt. “With this second volume, we extend Angell’s work and deepen the scholarship of a critical period in this artist’s career. The entries for the hundred titles of this book capture an intensive period of creativity and invention on Warhol’s part. I would like to address my warmest thanks to each of the authors whose texts provide descriptions and analyzes of the films. Bruce Jenkins’ contributions to this volume are exemplary in depth and clarity. I am also deeply indebted to Tom Kalin for his essay and contributions and to Jonathan Flatley, Elena Gorfinkel, Claire K. Henry, Homay King, Ara Osterweil, Marc Siegel, Juan Antonio Suárez and Gregory Zinman for bringing to light the Warhol films. with so much intelligence and insight.
Adam D. Weinberg said: “My deep gratitude and admiration go to John G. Hanhardt, without whom this project would never have seen the light of day. The Whitney is proud to have partnered with Hanhardt and the stellar team who joined him to work on this unprecedented publication. We’re also especially pleased that MoMA can continue the decades of Whitney’s groundbreaking work on Andy Warhol’s film catalogs as we celebrate the landmark release of volume two later this month. “
On December 2 at 7 p.m., the Whitney presents a virtual show celebrating the release of The Films of Andy Warhol Catalog Raisonné, 1963-1965 with John G. Hanhardt, Bruce Jenkins and Tom Kalin. The program examines the relationship between Warhol’s films and his work in other media and the paradox of the artist’s deeply influential but largely unknown films.
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