Photography: A World to Warhol
Christopher Makos, foreword by Ai Weiwei
Andy Warhol in China: The Photographs of Christopher Makos (Timezone 8, 2008)
In 1982, before it was hip, fashionable, or barely possible, Andy Warhol tripped off to China with young photographer Christopher Makos, who documented the fabulous but anonymous Andy in Mao land. Now Timezone 8 Books, based in Beijing but available at Amazon.com, has published—just in time for the 2008 Summer Olympics—a look back at Andy in silky black-and-white, on hiatus from The Factory, The Chelsea Girls and his post-Valerie Solanas woes.
The pictures show Warhol as both a fish out of water and a prophet and harbinger of things to come. Even back then, he was quipping that though McDonalds had not yet arrived, it would: “Oh but they will!”, and of course it did. The photos have tremendous relevance as archival documents and the quotes are, well, priceless. The Warhol of China, artist Ai Weiwei, wrote the foreword to the book, and Andy’s voice still haunts through pithy quotes, including his perception of the Great Wall: “It doesn’t look like a wall, it looks like a rollercoaster without the roller”, his thoughts on Chinese culture (“I like this better than our culture. It’s simpler. I love all the blue clothes. Everyone wearing blue. I like to wear the same thing every day. If I were a dress designer I’d design one dress over and over”), and his reaction to the large portrait of Mao hanging over Tiananmen Square: “Gee, it’s big. Yeah, I painted Mao about four hundred times. I used to see how many I could do in a day. I love his book. I read it all the time. I like the simple thoughts.”
Angela China: Girl on the GrassBy Jessica Holmes
MAY 2023 | ArtSeen
As frosty air and bleak clouds give way to warmth and color the sense of renewal inherent to blooming tulips and budding leaves becomes palpable. And so it is witnessing the debut exhibition of a young artist full of promisehope also blossoms. Girl on the Grass, a solo show of ten paintings by New York-based artist Angela China arouses a similar, buoyant expectation.
Stressed WorldBy Lenore Malen
OCT 2022 | ArtSeen
Stressed World is a show made of artworks that are largely handcrafted: painted, carved, drawn, cast, or assembled. Theyre mostly intimate and human scale with some exceptions.
from A Cat at the End of the WorldBy Robert Periić and Vesna Maric
NOV 2022 | Fiction
Its hard to find historical fiction that accurately captures the worldview and mindset of the people depictedand exceedingly rare to encounter characters whose lives and thoughts feel expansive, rather than subtractive, in the remote past. Croatian writer Robert Periićs latest novel, A Cat at the End of the World, transports the reader to ancient Syracuse, and then to a colonial outpost in the Adriatic. The protagonist Kalia, servant to a wealthy family and object of torment by the scion Pigras, is accompanied by a cat named Miu and shown the first glimmer of care by a woman named Menda. In this excerpt, Periić shows how a cat's ungovernability can undo a hierarchy.
Penny Goring: Penny WorldBy Maximiliane Leuschner
SEPT 2022 | ArtSeen
Penny World at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London spans three galleries over two floors, sharing glimpses of the thirty-year-long career of Penny Goring, an artist and poet who has long worked on the fringes of the London art world, from her early days at Kingston School of Art in the early nineties until today.