Aretha Franklin in her prime. An absolute diva, and an amazing singer. She is probably one of the best singers to date, and her pipes are still unrivaled.
Sold for $7,026,500 at the Contemporary Art Evening Sale, 10 May 2012, New York. [Video]
Jordan Crandall: You don’t like guns, do you?
Andy Warhol: Yes, I think they’re really kind of nice.
(From Splash No. 6, 1986, excerpted in I’ll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews, Edited by Kenneth Goldsmith, New York, 2004, p. 373).
After Andy Warhol’s assassination attempt in 1968 by Valerie Solanas, much of the violent imagery that had occupied his work of the 1960s—electric chairs, traffic accidents, nuclear explosions—vanished from his new pictures. Instead, during much of the 1970s, both famous and unfamous faces became a prominent trope. Warhol also began to incorporate different series into his silkscreens, including the infamous oxidation paintings and the “shadow” paintings of the late 1970s. Yet as the injuries from 1968 exerted their relentless and painful influence upon Warhol’s life and work, he returned in 1981 and 1982 to the subjects that he had avoided for more than a decade. 1982 saw showings on opposite sides of the Atlantic for Warhol’s Guns, Knives, and Dollar Signs, some of the most ominous and captivating work of his entire career. Gun, 1981-1982, exhibits Warhol’s full-circle return to the events that shook him to his mortal core in 1968, as we observe upon his canvas the exact style of pistol that almost claimed his life two decades before his death.
Andy Warhol was a great American Artist. It’s unfortunate that he was so beset with so much tragedy.
Took this shot on set of the “Hold On ‘Til The Night” video shoot. I am so happy and excited for you all to see this video. It is different from anything I have ever done. I shot the video all in black and white and created something that was more artsy and uplifting! I just got the first rough cut of the video a couple days ago and freaked out! It still needs a little work, but it already looks fantastic! In this picture you can see the outlines of some lightbulbs…I don’t want to give too much away, but I can tell you this video is about lighting up a new generation. It is coming very soon everyone! Get prepared for the video of “Hold On ‘Til The Night”!!
Pumpkin Carving Party! Right before I started carving….
Miranda Cosgrove, that’s quite the pumpkin you have there! Where in the world did you find such a famously size gourd? You could be handling the next up and coming star! j/k. Looked through your blog, but did not find a find final product or how faired at the carving party.