Andy Warhol remains one of the most important artists of the 20th century for his body of work, his influence on art and commerce, and his cultural philosophies, giving a unique insight into how the idea of celebrity both real and perceived could (and ultimately would) drive American culture.
While so ubiquitous today, themes such as the spectacle of fame, media and of our society’s patterns of consumption pervaded his work, with Warhol’s personal iconoclastic status during his own lifetime being beyond illustrative of his complete fascination with celebrity.
Warhol’s collective, punctuated by his original Factory studio of the 60s, remains in our memory as the ultimate symbol of his philosophy — the intersection of celebrity, art, music, poetry and excess, ideas that were embraced by his superstars, those who were closely involved with the collective.
In her own words, D.C.-based musician Edie Sedgwick is the transgendered reincarnation of a vacuous Andy Warhol Superstar who died of a barbituate overdose. The brainchild of artist Justin Moyer (Antelope, Supersystem) takes a biting look at our society’s celebrity condition today as we experience the culmination of many of Warhol’s philosophies on media manifest.
Through a multimedia experience comprised of video, performance and song, Sedgwick’s work picks at our obsession with the spectacle of media, of fame and voyeurism, all offered up by a gender-fucking mouthpiece highlighting the totality of performance in all our lives.
This week, you’ll get a chance to catch Edie Sedgwick as a part of the New York Night Train Happening at Civilian Art Projects on Saturday, June 27th, featuring Kid Congo Powers, Exactly, go-go dancer Anna Copa Cabanna, Hula-Hoop Harlot Melissa Anne, and DJs all night long. 11pm / $10 / 21+