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Art and Commerce Meet in a Fabulous Format…

English: Andy Warhol

Before you do your food shopping this week let me ask you a question. Are you planning on buying tomato soup?  If so, you could bring home some Andy Warhol for your pantry.

Campbell‘s announced Wednesday that a new limited-edition line of Warhol-themed condensed tomato soup cans will go on sale starting Sept. 2 at most Target stores across the country.

These cost 75 cents each and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Warhol’s first paintings of the familiar soup cans.

Campbell's Soup Cans by Andy Warhol, 1962. Dis...

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The soup will come in a variety of intensely colored cans meant to mimic Warhol’s pop-art style. The artist exhibited his soup-can paintings in 1962, and they became his signature works.

Campbell’s said the new cans are being sold in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation, which controls the licensing of the artist’s name and images.

Ivan Karp, noted art dealer and proponent of Pop Art, dies at 86.

Ivan Karp died yesterday at 86 of natural causes.

Ivan Karp by Andy Warhol

In 1958, Ivan became an art dealer at the Martha Jackson Gallery while publishing short stories in the Cambridge Review and the Evergreen Review. In 1964 his novel “Doobie Doo” was published by Doubleday

From 1959 to1969, Ivan was associate director of the Leo Castelli Gallery and played a significant role in the careers of Warhol, Lichtenstein, Chamberlain and many other artists in the New York Pop Art community. From 1966 to 1969, he taught contemporary art history at Finch College and at the School of Visual Arts.
In 1969, he opened OK Harris Works of Art, one of the first galleries in the Soho district. He was responsible for the burgeoning of that neighborhood to a vibrant residential and commercial district. OK Harris continues to operate in its original space.
In 1985, Ivan became director of the Anonymous Arts Museum in Charlotteville, NY, and restored 25 historic cemeteries and family burial grounds in Schoharie County.

Uplifting Quote for the Day – John Chamberlain

“I’m going through one of those multi-month illnesses that either you get through or you die. But I think I’m going to get through this one. Doing the work here is very helpful.

“If you stop working, that’s all she wrote.”

Sculptor John Chamberlain, 84, in the New York Times

…and I thought the master of crushed cars was dead already, as are most of his contemporaries.

Glad to see he’s still going.

Getting to the blog late… and a remembrance of John Warhola

After doing the WSHC radio show, Winners and Losers, for John Case this morning, I came home and immediately fell asleep. That blew the morning. But here I am again, ready to start the day.

While John has been on vacation  I have been getting up at 5:30 in the morning… very early for a retired guy like me who likes to sit up at night and watch old movies on TV… and have still not gotten used to the schedule. John will be back from Montreal on Friday (I Hope!) and I can get back to my regular waking and sleeping routine.


I see that Andy Warhol‘s elder brother, John Warhola, died on Friday at age 85. The Pop Artist’s brother was responsible, after a promise made to their dying father, to make sure Andy got through college (and he did… going to Carnegie Institute, now Carnegie Mellon… and later going to New York and becoming one of the half dozen or so Top Pop Artists.) Warhola made a point of calling his brother and checking on his progress every Sunday for 38 years until Andy died in 1987.

John Warhola was one of the three original trustees of the Andy Warhol Foundation and was responsible for the establishment of two museums, The Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art in Slovakia (their family’s homeland) and The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA.

From the NY Times Obituary:

John Warhola was a strong, persistent voice arguing that Pittsburgh, too, should have a museum dedicated to his brother’s work.

“I think with all the museums they already got in New York, they wouldn’t appreciate another one,” he told The Washington Post in 1994, the year the Pittsburgh museum opened as a joint venture of the Warhol Foundation, the Dia Foundation and the Carnegie-Mellon Institute.

In addition to his duties as a trustee, Mr. Warhola took on the role of personal curator of his brother’s pre-Manhattan years. Visiting art-world dignitaries and reporters could count on him for a tour of South Oakland, the neighborhood where the brothers grew up, and a visit to St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cemetery in Bethel Park, where Andy Warhol is buried and where pilgrims often leave a soup can or Brillo pad on his gravestone.

If I were a Billionaire I’d buy the Chelsea Hotel…

I just watched a video on the Reuters site about the Hotel Chelsea in NYC being up for sale. While a price on the 120+ year old building has not been set, its history in the world of the arts is unique. Aside from having been home to Dylan Thomas, Arthur Miller & Marilyn Monroe, Arthur C. Clarke as he wrote “2001 –  A Space Odyssey”, and hundreds of artists, writers, actors, dancers and musicians, it is the central monument of the Chelsea neighborhood.

When I lived in Chelsea some years ago (1970s), I was a couple of blocks away from the Chelsea Hotel and walked by it on my way to work every day. When I managed exhibitions (among other things) at the Jamaica Arts Center in Queens, I did one show with a curator who lived in the Chelsea Hotel and spent lots of hours there in meetings… a great experience. In the 60s, when developers tried to tear down the Queen Anne style building, New Yorkers campaigned together and saved it by having it declared a National Landmark. To this day, the Chelsea still operates as a hotel with both private apartments and regular hotel rooms.

Now it is for sale, although a price gas not been put on it yet. Hopefully, whoever buys it will continue in its preservation and encourage it to keep supplying a home for artists at work… few of these are left in New York.

Here’s where to go to see the Reuters video: