“Factory Girl”

George Hickenlooper’s 2006 Factory Girl, Thomas Crow’s Lives of Allegory, and Stephen Koch’s Biography of Andy Warhol Stargazer each offer different perspectives and biases about the relationship between pop artist icon Warhol and Hollywood socialite-turned-drug-addict Edie Sedgwick. While similar in some respects, each author assigns Warhol a different responsibility in Sedgwick’s dark turn. Hickenlooper’s film […]

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Jackson “Pollock”

Unlike The Agony and the Ecstasy, where the artist Michelangelo is portrayed as a near-infallible hero, Ed Harris’s 2000 Pollock goes in different direction, not afraid of showing Jackson Pollock ‘s most negative moments, including his alcoholism, adultery, anger and domestic abuse. Pollock was not afraid to expel the negative myths associated with Jackson Pollock […]

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“I Shot Andy Warhol”

When Stephen Koch writes that the death of Edie Sedgwick is a parallel inverted twin to Valerie Solanis’s attempt at murdering him, he is suggesting that Warhol, inadvertently, caused the demise of both women. Sedgwick was much more defenseless, and impressionable, who coped with her loss of control by turning to drugs, while Solanis was […]

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“Cutie and the Boxer”

In Cutie and the Boxer, Zachary Heinzerling gives the underappreciated and now elderly boxing painter Ushio Shinohara his long overdue adulation. While the film has many shots of Ushio’s work, it was much more than a documentary about art; it is one that shows how a couple, who have been married the past four decades, […]

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“Basquiat”

The opening scene of Julian Schnabel’s 1996 Basquiat begins with a voice-over narration adapted from Rene Ricard’s essay “The Radiant Child”. Before this, intercut with the opening credits, the film opens with a young Basquit experiencing his first art gallery and being inspired by it, silently over a track of the Pogues’ classic “Fairytale in […]

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