Kenneth Goldsmith on Andy Warhol

Gallery Talks

November 29, 2008    add to my calendar

Kenneth Goldsmith's writing has been called some of the most exhaustive and beautiful collage work in poetry by Publishers Weekly. Goldsmith is the author of ten books of poetry, founding editor of the online archive UbuWeb, and the editor of I'll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews, which is the basis for an opera, "Trans-Warhol," premiered in Geneva in March of 2007. An hour-long documentary on his work, "sucking on words: Kenneth Goldsmith" premiered at the British Library in 2007. Goldsmith is also the host of a weekly radio show on New York City's WFMU, and teaches writing at The University of Pennsylvania where he is a senior editor of PennSound, an online poetry archive.

Andy Warhol was born in 1928 in Pittsburgh to immigrant parents from Czechoslovakia. He studied pictorial design at the city's Carnegie Institute of Technology, and moved to New York City upon graduation. Relinquishing a successful and acclaimed career as a commercial illustrator in New York in the 1950s, he began exhibiting paintings with silkscreened Pop imagery in 1962. In 1963 he began to produce films and other projects, including Interview magazine, which was begun in 1969. Retrospectives of his work have been organized by the Pasadena Art Museum (1970), the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1989), and the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2002). Shadows (1978-79) was first exhibited at Heiner Friedrich's gallery at 393 West Broadway, New York City, in January 1979, and most recently at Dia Center for the Arts in 1998-99. Dia's other exhibitions of Warhol's work include "Andy Warhol: Disaster Paintings, 1963" (1986), "Andy Warhol: Hand-Painted Images, 1960-62" (1987), and "Andy Warhol: Skulls" (1987-88). Warhol died in 1987. In 1994, Dia collaborated with the Carnegie Institute and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to open the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

Gallery Talks at Dia:Beacon is a series that takes place the last Saturday of every month at 1pm and is free with museum admission. Focused on the work of the artists in Dia's collection, the one-hour presentations are given by curators, art historians, and writers, and take place in museum's galleries. 
 

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Kenneth Goldsmith's writing has been called some of the most exhaustive and beautiful collage work in poetry by Publishers Weekly. Goldsmith is the author of ten books of poetry, founding editor of the online archive UbuWeb, and the editor of I'll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews, which is the basis for an opera, "Trans-Warhol," premiered in Geneva in March of 2007. An hour-long documentary on his work, "sucking on words: Kenneth Goldsmith" premiered at the British Library in

 
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