Warhol's iconic portrayal of the Factory scene and '60s New York
Andy Warhol's 1966 movie The Chelsea Girls is the iconic document of the Factory scene and 1960s New York. Filmed in part at the Chelsea Hotel with Factory Superstars like Nico, Ondine, Brigid Berlin, Gerard Malanga and Mary Woronov, The Chelsea Girls was Warhol's first commercially successful film. "In one film alone," an early reviewer noted, "[Warhol] has sadism, masochism, whipping, transvestites, homos, prostitutes, a homosexual 'Pope, ' boredom, stunningly beautiful girls, depravity, humor, 'psychedelics, ' truth, honesty, liars, poseurs...." In honor of the 24th anniversary of The Andy Warhol Museum, the publication of Andy Warhol's The Chelsea Girls coincides with a major project undertaken by the museum to digitize hundreds of his well-known and never-before-seen films.
The book is an in-depth, deluxe treatment of the film, featuring stills from the newly digitized film, previously unpublished transcripts and archival materials, and expanded information about each of the individual films that comprise The Chelsea Girls. The film's alternation of sound between the left and right screens is recalled in the publication's design in which the transcripts are printed directly beneath the corresponding imagery to evoke an authentic experience of the film. Also included are previously unpublished transcriptions of unheard reels. Andy Warhol's The Chelsea Girls is a beautifully produced document of a legendary movie and a mythic moment.
About the Author
Nina Schleif is a German art historian, Americanist, and curator. In 2013, she initiated and curated the first exhibition anywhere on Andy Warhol's oeuvre in books at Museum Brandhorst in Munich. She also edited and coauthored the exhibition catalog Reading Andy Warhol. Backed by a recent Smithsonian fellowship, she has written a monograph on Warhol's 1950s drawings that will be published in 2017.
Gerlyn Huxley is Curator of Film and Video at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, USA. She has written three books, many articles and regularly gives talks on Warhol's films and videos in the US and Europe.
Patrick Moore CBE, FRS, was a famous astronomer and author. Over his lifetime, he received numerous awards and prizes in recognition of his work, including a CBE in 1988 and knighthood in 2001 'for services to popularization of science and to broadcasting'. A former President of the British Astronomical Association, progressing to honorary Life Vice President, he was the only amateur ever to have held an official post at the International Astronomical Union.
From new photos and transcripts found in unheard and unseen reels to a re-creation of the film's split-screen layout, which Warhol first visualized on a napkin, the book offers as good of a glimpse you can get at The Chelsea Girls...--Eckhardt Stephanie "W Magazine "
Warhol and his Factory Superstars created cool. Or at least, a dark, glamorous version of it. Warhol's The Chelsea Girls, a 1966 experimental film captures that cool...--Jane Starr Drinkard "The Cut "
Chelsea Girls still holds up as one of the most creative, innovative, and prescient films of its time.--Sara Rosen "Dazed "
Andy Warhol's The Chelsea Girls is, in true Warholian fashion, beautiful, glossy and commanding.--Jimmy Olney "Gayletter "
This companion to Andy Warhol's 1966 film The Chelsea Girls is a rare treasure: a reference work of great beauty and discerning scholarship.--Publisher's Weekly
The visual impact is best celebrated in the newly digitised stills in the book, which seem to best capture Warhol's mission: to elevate the everyday to the extraordinary, to make the outsider an insider, and a piece of art in the process.--Jack Moss "AnOther Mag "
The one that broke it all open. Warhol's portrait of the goings-on in various rooms at the Chelsea Hotel...Here you find the apotheosis of Warhol's moving-image work to date: portraiture, duration, fiction blending into frightening reality.--Craig Hubert "artnet News "