When the prices of the steel and (especially) gold Apple Watches are announced, I expect the tech press to have the biggest collective shit fit in the history of Apple-versus-the-standard-tech-industry shit fits. The utilitarian mindset that asks “Why would anyone waste money on a gold watch?” isn’t going to be able to come to grips with what Apple is doing here.
Apple watcher and polarizing writer John Gruber offers a long meditation
on Apple's philosophy, the (as yet unannounced) pricing tiers of the Apple watch, the "smartwatch" market versus the "watch" market, and the new frontiers of wearable technology.
The Photographic History of the Civil War
(10 vols.; 1911) offered context for thousands of striking images from the American Civil War
: 1 - The Opening Battles
; 2 - Two Years of Grim War
; 3 - The Decisive Battles
; 4 - The Cavalry
; 5 - Forts and Artillery
; 6 - The Navies
; 7 - Prisons and Hospitals
; 8 - Soldier Life / Secret Service
; 9 - Poetry and Eloquence of Blue and Gray
; 10 - Armies and Leaders
. It was also a capstone in the intriguing career of a little-known popular historian and silent era filmmaker. [more inside]
Rare footage of the Velvet Underground playing live in Boston
(1967, sound, color, 33 mins. Dir: Andy Warhol) has recently been discovered. [more inside]
David Lynch is back, and he's showing new fantastic photography at la Maison Européenne de Photographie
: "Small Stories
". (European House of Photography). This, in case you're in Paris, from Jan 15th to March 16th.
But if you're in London, from Jan 17th to March 30th, you can see at The Photographers Gallery
: David Lynch "The Factory Photographs
"; William S. Burroughs "Taking Shots
" and Andy Warhol with his Photographs from 1976 to 1987
Painters on Painting
- 1972 documentary on the New York Art Scene 1940-1970, directed by Emile de Antonio. It spans American art movements from abstract expressionism to pop art via conversations with artists in their studios. Including Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Helen Frankenthaler, Frank Stella, Hans Hofmann, Robert Motherwell and others. (via Bibliokept) [more inside]
"This week, we discovered an utterly charming card used by Isaac Asimov ('natural resource' is right) and, inspired, began hunting for more famous peoples' business cards
, whether boilerplate or highly designed, staid or comical."
In the Warhol episode, Marion Ross (TV mom of Ron Howard in Happy Days) is a former Warhol superstar, married to stodgy Tom Bosley (TV dad of Ron Howard). Bosley doesn’t know about Ross’ past in underground film, and she’s afraid that they’ll run into Warhol, playing himself, aboard ship.
Andy Warhol takes a pleasant cruise on The Love Boat
Did you know that there's an art museum on the moon? A tiny, tiny one. The Moon Museum
features works by Forrest "Frosty" Myers
(the instigator), Robert Rauschenberg
, Claes Oldenburg
, Andy Warhol
, David Novros
, and John Chamberlain
, inscribed on a little chip of silicon and surreptitiously transported
to the moon's surface on the Apollo 12 mission. But of course there's a mystery, in this big of a secret: who is John F.
, the engineer at least partially responsible for smuggling the chip onboard the lunar lander?
Related: other stuff people have left on the Moon
With techniques like "art by telephone" and a studio called "the Factory" where even the security guard helped with the painting, Andy Warhol redefined the relationship between artist and artwork, and blurred the line between work and copy
. [more inside]
The screen test offers a disorienting angle on 'behind the scenes' footage—straight through the camera
. [more inside]
Mark Richardson muses about memory, personal history and YouTube.
Specifically, he uncovered a storied 1970 Steel Mill gig
(with Bruce Springsteen on guitar, audio only) that his wife's uncle MC'ed. And then the 15-year old Boss' garage band, The Castiles
. And verified dim memories of seeing Andy Warhol, Bianca Jagger and Steven Spielberg discuss radios in your teeth
on TV, and John Cale on a TV game show.
And an old Highland Appliances
TV ad. That kind of thing.
is viewable artwork consisting of 15 individual screens displaying a random video clip stored within the database for 15 seconds. Anyone can contribute, from the banal to the bizarre.
21 years ago, Andy Warhol
died of complications from gallbladder surgery. Lou Reed
and John Cale
, two founding members of the Velvet Underground
-- Warhol's Factory
house band -- paid tribute to their mentor on the 1990 album Songs for Drella
. Edward Lachman
's recording of a 1991 performance
is available on YouTube: 1
| 15 [more inside]
What you have purchased for less than the price of a cup of coffee is arguably one of the most important "lost" music recordings out there.
Record collector Warren Hill paid 75 cents
at a yard sale in Chelsea, New York for an acetate in a plain cardboard sleeve. After some research, Hill's friends confirmed that the acetate disc, recorded by sound engineer Norman Dolph
(who also wrote Reunion's "Life Is A Rock But The Radio Rolled Me"
), was the third recording
ever made by the Velvet Underground and the first album they ever did. A demo rejected by Columbia Records, the acetate is now up for auction on EBay, where the high bid is $124,640.50 and climbing
, already breaking records as the most expensive LP ever sold at auction. (Bonus: see a post from a teenage eyewitness
to the VU's 1966 session that produced this acetate.)
Before there was McSweeney's...
Phyllis Johnson published 10 issues of Aspen, a multimedia magazine in a box to which the USPS denied
second-class mail rates. After a few issues that stayed close to the ski resort in terms of theme, the magazine began bringing in guest editors and addressing cutting edge art and media, in New York, Britain, Asia, and the minds of cultural critics and psychedlic drug users. Andy Warhol participated in Issue 3 and the Fluxus movement dominated Issue 8. There were 10 issues in all, the first 9 of which are featured in this new web adaptation at Ubuweb
At the risk of only posting whenever Andrew Stafford unveils another cool web-native multimedia art project
, I thought a lot of Metafiltrates would appreciate this interpretation of Aspen Magazine
Get your 15 minutes of fame right here.
Upload an image to the Warholiser
at the Tate and the best images will be turned them into modern day masterpieces.