Andy Warhol MOOC 2: Sex
Sex – Intro by Glyn Davis
- 1963 or 64 Blow Job – if you didn’t know what it was called, could you tell what was happening? If it’s pornographic, how is it?
Other Experimental & Underground Filmmakers Andy associated with:
- Barbara Rubin – Christmas on Earth
- Jack Smith – Flaming Creatures
- Explicit content in Andy’s films is minor compared to the tease
The Tease was one of the dominant elements of sexual culture of the 1960’s and provided it’s own satisfactions and pleasures for spectators.
- 1964 World’s Fair – 13 Most Wanted Men – painted over – various reasons have been given…
Men in the mural seem to be looking at each other. The title “Most Wanted” might be about erotic longing as much as the criminal status of the men.
- During the 1950’s – series of drawings of young men in isolation or in pairs. Homo-eroticism rose through a substantial amount of his world. For quite some time art historians would ignore the fact that Andy was gay! Despite this being evident in much of his work. His blank persona was read as asexual. Warhol’s sexual orientation is crucial for understanding his output.
Andy, and other gay artists including Robert Mapplethorpe, Keith Haring, troubled at the boundaries between sexual orientation and fine art.
Kerry Watson / Index Book
librarian at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Artists Books – a work of art in the form of a book. Can take many forms, variations. So many processes now. Much more mass produced today.
Andy Warhol’s Index, Random House, 1967
deluxe edition, (365 copies)
normal soft cover edition, unnumbered (both sold out quickly)
- pop up castle “We’re attacked constantly”
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