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Visions of Warhol

Willard Maas; Jonas Mekas; Marie Menken
1963-1990, 69 min, color and b&w, sound, 16 mm film on video

Visions of Warhol presents scenes from the life of Andy Warhol, as seen by three pioneer avant-garde filmmakers and close friends of the artist. In this extraordinary compilation, Jonas Mekas creates an intimate chronicle of Warhol's life and social milieu over three decades; Willard Maas documents Warhol's seminal exhibition of silver balloons at Castelli Gallery; and Marie Menken records the artist in the process of creating some of his most famous works.

1964, 12 min, b&w, sound

 

1966, 4 min, color, sound

 
Andy Warhol

Marie Menken

1965, 18 min, color, silent

 

1963-1990, 35 min, color, sound

 

Visions of Warhol presents scenes from the life of Andy Warhol, as seen by three pioneer avant-garde filmmakers and close friends of the Pop artist.

Jonas Mekas, the irrepressible force behind the promotion and preservation of experimental film, is also known for his rapid-fire diary films. Award Presentation to Andy Warhol (1964) documents Mekas giving Warhol the Film Culture Independent Film Award, set to the music of the Supremes. His Scenes from the Life of Andy Warhol (1963-90) chronicles not only Warhol, but also the social and cultural excitement that swirled around him, throbbing to a hypnotic Velvet Underground beat.

Willard Maas was husband of filmmaker, painter, and actress Marie Menken. Together, they were for Warhol "the last of the great Bohemians." Their films Andy Warhol's Silver Flotations (1966) and Andy Warhol (1965) have in common a lyric lightness and a love for jolting visual rhythms.

 
 

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