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In Zagreb, Croatia, people burn candles for those who died in the terrorist attack on the United States.




Warhol on the road       


The Andy Warhol exhibition in Zagreb, Croatia, becomes a Symbol of America


During the terrorist attack on the United States in September, director Thomas Sokolowski was in Zagreb, Croatia, and reported the following:


"The Andy Warhol Museum has been a catalyst for local sympathy for America's losses. People are leaving flowers and lit candles in front of the Art Pavilion and are leaving messages of condolence for the citizens of the United States.  I have appeared many, many times on Croatian television talking about our nation and offering thanks to all for the thoughts and the prayers of our friends here. Crowds are visiting the exhibitions as a show of solidarity and old soldiers have come up to embrace me as a representative of America.  It has all been quite moving and exhausting.  One man told me that this exhibitions shows that 'the greatness of America will always shine across the world.' Such nobility, when far from home, brings tears to my eyes."


In every country, record-breaking crowds show up


Fifteen years after his death, and nearly 50 years since his first solo exhibition in New York, Andy Warhol still draws crowds wherever he goes, thanks to Andy Warhol and The Prints of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again).  These two widely traveled exhibitions were organized by The Andy Warhol Museum, and the national and international demand for them is proof that Warhol was not only a mirror of his own time, but also a looking glass into the 21st century.


The Prints of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again) is an overview of Warhol’s career through the prints he created from the 1960s to the 1980s. Organized by Margery King, associate curator at The Warhol, this exhibition was conceived as something that could be seen in smaller museums and galleries that might not be able to afford the cost of a paintings show. Since taking to the road in May 1999, this show has continuously opened to rave reviews and has meant record-breaking attendance at the host museums and galleries all over the country. The list of potential venues keeps growing.


“Warhol’s prints are fantastic,” says King. “They aren’t necessarily seen in the original as often as the paintings and they really need to be seen in person to appreciate their beauty.” Since February The Prints of Andy Warhol has been seen at Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina, and Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, Tennessee, and is currently at Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine through December 31.


On the other side of the globe, the exhibition Andy Warhol attracts hundreds of visitors on a daily basis. This exhibition, organized in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, began traveling through Eastern and Southern Europe in January 2000 and continues through Spring 2002.


During the early weeks of the exhibition’s run at the Yepi Kredi Gallery in the heart of Istanbul, over one thousand visitors flocked to see the Warhol retrospective, many of whom had never seen the artist’s work in person.  Critics claimed that Andy Warhol represented the biggest splash on the Turkish cultural scene in recent memory. The exhibition’s run at Art Pavilion Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia resulted in similar record-breaking attendance even before the terrorist tragedy. Andy Warhol is currently making waves at the Moderna Galerija in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where it remains until December 9, 2001.


The popularity of these traveling exhibitions is a testament to the enduring relevance of Andy Warhol’s work. Museum director Thomas Sokolowski says, “More than any other artist, he was able to click into the way we perceive culture…. Warhol saw then the direction our world was going with the rapid exchange of information, the ability for mass reproduction, the obsession with the notion of reality-- and it’s all true today.”


The Warhol began to organize or co-organize traveling exhibitions in 1996, and by December 2001 Warhol's art will have been seen at 86 venues, and will have reached more than three million people. The museum is now viewed as the ultimate source on all things Warhol, and its traveling exhibitions have returned approximately $700,000 from fees paid by presenting organizations, to help defray operating costs for the museum.



The Warhol:  Off the Wall  2001-2002 season


Performance Space 122 (the preeminent national pioneer in performance art) and The Warhol again unite to bring an eclectic batch of performance art pieces to Pittsburgh.  The Off the Wall series features one performance a month from October through May.


The 2001-2002 performances feature biting political and social satire, humor, and visual elegance. The current series began in October with Happy Hour by Wendy Houstoun, a "brilliant renaissance woman of performance art" (says The New York Times), and continues with nationally and internationally acclaimed artists.

This series has been supported in part by an anonymous donor.


Kiki and Herb, Stop, Drop and Roll

November 17


Kiki and Herb have wowed legions at hip clubs around the country (even at Madonna’s 39th birthday bash) with their politically incorrect humor.  In this return-engagement at The Warhol you experience another round of their tragic living drama – that of Kiki, an almost-famous diva past her prime and Herb, her faithful “gay jew retard” accompanist. 


The  reviewers say: “darkly funny…an evening with Kiki & Herb feels like cabaret crossed with Gestalt Therapy” – Out; “totally tasteless and fab” – The Village Voice; “scaring the bejesus out of unsuspecting audiences nationwide…delightful.” – Vanity Fair.



Min Tanaka, Special Performance for the Space

December 15 performance


Legendary butoh dancer Tanaka does an improvised solo in the performance space, responding to the rooms and the art in them.


Born in Japan in 1945, Tanaka studied and performed modern dance with other choreographers from 1966-73, and in 1973 began to create his own butoh works and to explore the meaning of the body and dance, based on improvisation.  He frequently danced nude in both urban and country landscapes in an attempt to free the body from conventional aesthetics.  Since then, he has appeared in various costumes ranging from a tattered black suit and white shirt, to painted brown skin.


Off The Wall performances are on Saturdays at 8:00pm, and a meet-the-artist reception follows each performance   Seating is not assigned. Tickets are $15 (students $10).  Series subscription tickets are available.  For tickets and information call the The Andy Warhol Museum at 412.237.8300                                                                                                         


Coming up in 2002:


January 19,  Penny Arcade, New York Stories


February 23 -- Holly Hughes, Preaching to the Perverted


March 23 -- Mike Albo, Please, Everything Burst


April 27 --Carl Hancock Rux, No Black Male Show


May 18 --Sarah Skaggs, Solo Salon  




The Warhol Store                               

Online a captive audience is growing


New things are taking place in the branding realm of The Andy Warhol Museum. Warhol himself was one of the best brand managers of his time, and left indelible marks of his name, artwork, film, personal collection and  celebrity.  In this tradition, The Warhol markets its own brand of products, including successful lines of fashionable clothing and housewares.


The latest products developed include a line of stylish Tees. The new Warhol Collection of Tees has three lines: “Beauty” features Warhol’s whimsical 1950s drawing on baby doll Tees; “Icons” is the men’s line and feature iconic images from Warhol’s work; and “Philosophy” is a unisex line featuring infamous Warhol quotes. The collection is 100 percent cotton and made in the USA.


The Brand Management department, managed by Rick Armstrong, has updated The Warhol Store online with a new look and feel, and added technological components to better market the new items. These components include a product wish list, saved shipping and billing information, and Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh membership information, all designed to make checking out of the store more convenient and faster. The online store is the first museum store to offer online wholesale product sales. The online store also offers customers the ability to sign up for an e-mail newsletter, which features new product introductions, specials and other store news.


The Warhol Store online has proven to be a very successful international marketing tool for The Warhol. The online store has shipped products to over 250 cities from 39 countries since its opening in June 16, 1999. In the United States products have been shipped to every state.


Rick Armstrong says, “The online store averages about 82 sales per month, which grows each month and year. In fact, sales this year have continued to increase by at least $1,000 each month over last year’s same month. We are happy with this growth, especially since most of the e-commerce industry is not seeing continued growth.” The average sales transaction for the online store is three times higher than the average of other online retailers. The reason for this, says Armstrong, is "the website’s captive audience."





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