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Patti Smith by Edward Mapplethorpe, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art website promotion of Patti Smith on Andy Warhol
Patti Smith by Edward Mapplethorpe, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art
website promotion of “Patti Smith on Andy Warhol”


Apr. 16, 2012

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Can you wait until Sept. 28, 2012, to hear Patti Smith -- the art world’s own rock star (one of them, anyway) -- perform at the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium in the Metropolitan Museum of Art? Don’t ask us about snagging a ticket (price: $40), but you can listen to a sample of Smith’s music right on the museum website, here. That new director, Thomas Campbell, certainly seems to be loosening things up at the famous old museum on Fifth Avenue. (Hey, if Klaus Biesenbach can put on an eight-day-long Kraftwerk concert in the Museum of Modern Art atrium, complete with 3D light show, why not?).

Called “Patti Smith on Andy Warhol,” the Met’s bizarre foray into pop music is part of “Regarding Warhol: Fifty Artists, Fifty Years,” Sept. 18-Dec. 31, 2012, the sprawling tribute show organized by the Met’s own Marla Prather and freelance curator Mark Rosenthal (to think, he once curated “The Spiritual in Art” at the Guggenheim Museum). The show is to include more than 40 works by Warhol and another 100 more by the aforesaid 50 artists, who range from Gilbert and George and Nan Goldin to Gerhard Richter and Cindy Sherman.

In the meantime, Warhol really is sprouting up all over. It turns out that Miami-based commercial photographer William John Kennedy, 81, has finally gotten around to printing up some of the photos he took of Warhol and Robert Indiana in 1963, during the MoMA’s “Americans 1963” exhibition. Now published by KIWI Arts Group (in two sizes, in editions of 60, starting at $3,000 apiece), the photographs go on view in New York this week at Site/109, the new gallery space at 109 Norfolk Street on the Lower East Side (next door to Lisa Cooley Gallery and across the way from Mari Spirito’s Protocinema / Itinerant pop-up). Site/109 is a combo PR firm and gallery space launched by former art fair director Helen Allen.

In addition to the early photos of Warhol and his gang, “Before They Were Famous: Behind the Lens of William John Kennedy,” Apr. 19-May 29, 2012, promises a "new series of Kennedy's chromogenic Warhol Flowers" featuring Warhol in a “playful and unguarded” mood in a field of black-eyed Susans in Queens. Also on the schedule is a panel on May 5, moderated by Andy Warhol Museum curator Eric Shiner and featuring superstars Ultra Violet and Taylor Mead as well as Kennedy.

And last and perhaps a little tangentially, the Warhol Museum is teaming up with Hugo Boss to present a survey of nightlife Polaroids and other works by Jeremy Kost in a pop-up gallery located at 150 Eleventh Avenue (between West 21st and 22nd Streets) in Manhattan’s Chelsea art district. Dubbed “Jeremy Kost, Of an instance,” May 5-31, 2012, the show was originally described as a “New York pop-up branch of the Andy Warhol Museum,” a buzz-worthy description that has since been abandoned in favor of a mere “collaboration” with the fashion company.

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Jeremy Kost, Queens Speech, 2012, video still
Jeremy Kost, Queens Speech, 2012, video still