Henwood Library – Archive @ Galateca Gallery
Galateca Gallery currently hosts “Henwood Library – Archive”, the second exhibition by British multidisciplinary artist Simon Henwood, open until January 30th, 2015. The exhibition features works by other artists that have influenced him throughout his life like Picasso, Chagall, Goya, Giacometti, Paolozzi, Andy Warhol and Sir Peter Blake, who have inspired Simon to write his first novel ‘Black Arc’, also launched at Galateca. In addition, the exhibition includes the artist’s new portraits of Kids from Transylvania, a project started last summer after his ‘Henwood Library – The Love of Books and Art’ 2013 show at Galateca.
Henwood Library – Archive / Kids from Transylvania
Henwood Library – Archive / Artists who have influenced Simon Henwood
Henwood Library – Archive / Opening & Gallery pics
Throughout the years, for two decades, Simon Henwood has experimented on various artistic fields, from painting, drawing, photography and books, to animations, music videos, installations and new media. His works have been exhibited all around the world, being presented at the MOMA (NYC), ICA (London), UCLA Hammer Museum (LA) and Galerie Sophie Sheideker (Paris) in a double exhibition with Francis Bacon.
One highlight of this three months exhibition will be a one-time-only screening of Andy Warhol’s unique and experimental films from the ’60 – Empire, Sleep, Kiss – a project included in BIEFF – Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival 2014, and made in partnership with Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.
Andy Warhol Film Retrospective Sleep / Empire / Kiss
Sleep 1963 – to be screened on 11th December, 5 pm
Empire 1964 – to be screened on 13 December, 3 pm
Kiss 1964 – to be screened on 14th December, 5 pm
At the beginning of the 60s, Andy Warhol temporarily quit painting – even though he was at the height of his success – and began some new adventures in multimedia. Taking a quick detour into music, Warhol became the manager, “producer” and overall patron of the up-and-coming band, The Velvet Underground. But film is where he focused his creative energies. Warhol came to the avant-garde cinema in a way no one else had. Despite being a fully developed artist in one medium, he entered the realm of cinematography, not as an amateur, but with a total commitment. Between 1964 and 1966, the pop artist shot close to 500 short movies — or what he called “screen tests” — of friends, celebrities and models. And then he shot a series of longer films, or rather “anti-films”, that challenged the conventions of filmmaking with no three act structures, the first one being Sleep (1963) – to be projected on 11th December at Galateca Gallery. Originally Warhol wanted to make Brigitte Bardot the star, but he eventually settled for his friend and lover at that time, John Giorno, and the title is self explanatory. Other important films: Kiss (1963) – to be projected on 14 December at Galateca Gallery, Empire (1964) – to be projected on 13 December at Galateca Gallery, Screen Test (1964), Blow Job (1964), Batman Dracula (1964), Poor Little Rich Girl (1965), Chelsea Girls (1966). In the early 1970s, most of the films directed by Warhol were pulled out of circulation, but after Andy Warhol’s death in 1987, the films were slowly restored and are occasionally projected at museums, galleries and film festivals. After 50 years since he made his first film Sleep, Andy Warhol’s films are considered instrumental in the development of contemporary cinema and many subsequent generations of film directors and artists cite his films as major influence.
Images courtesy of Galateca Gallery.
Henwood Library – Archive – Exhibition catalog here.
Find out more about Simon Henwood on his website.