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Perrier Goes Pop with Warhol Art Bottles

It’s going to be a long, hot Warholian summer. Whether zipping down the street on a Warhol skateboard deck, pushing your Andy Warhol + Bugaboo stroller, or simply chatting on your iPhone wrapped in a Warhol snap case, you can pop open a Perrier and quench your thirst the Warhol way. The Nestlé-owned brand is celebrating 150 years of fizzy water with a series of limited-edition bottles (and in Europe, cans as well) inspired by the artist’s 1983 screen prints of Perrier bottles. Perrier tapped Paris-based graphic design studio Hartland Villa to design the new packaging, which also features a selection of Warhol quotes, including “Art is what you can get away with.” You can get away with some art by entering Perrier’s “Take Home a Warhol” sweepstakes, which runs through September 30: one lucky winner will take home “Space Fruit: Lemons,” a 1974 Warhol original.

Andy Warhol artwork © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

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Scouring the Globe: A Brillo Box Moment, at the Armory Show and Beyond

It is both surreal and disturbing to watch people–Very Important People, no less–stagger around an art fair carrying unwieldy cardboard boxes, but such was the scene at yesterday’s Armory Show preview, where a rapidly shrinking tower of the colorful crates made famous by Andy Warhol was there for the taking. And take they did. The flurry of grabbing, folding, and foreign accents was apropos, as this was “Babel (Brillo Stockholm Type)” (2013) by Charles Lutz. The work was commissioned for the fair by Eric Shiner, director of the Andy Warhol Museum. He also curated the special “Armory Focus: USA” section of the fair, which includes Gagosian Gallery, making its Armory debut with a booth wallpapered in Warhol–the man, the myth, the camouflage.

This outbreak of Brillo Box fever is not an isolated incident. Belgian furniture brand Quinze & Milan has inked the appropriate licensing paperwork with the Andy Warhol Foundation to produce the Andy Warhol Brillo Box pouf (at left), a cushy foam cube screen-printed with the Brillo logo. The stool-sculptures will be unveiled next month at MOST in Milan, but the online retailer Fab is now taking pre-orders at $425 a pop.

In Brief: Warhol Web Sale, Paste Goes Digital, Architecture on Screen, Puffier Play-Doh

Warhol’s “I Love Your Kiss Forever Forever,” a trial proof lithograph made in 1964

• Bidding has begun in the inaugural Andy Warhol @ Christie’s online auction. Estimates range from $600 to $70,000 for the 125 Warhol works being sold to benefit The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Among the lots up for grabs in the week-long sale is “Jam (Raspberry),” a Smuckers-smudged canvas from the early 1980s that is expected to fetch between $20,000 and $30,000.

Paste magazine is going digital with, a “members-only digital weekly” that will cater to those looking for longer reads, new music, and video-based amusement. Parks and Recreation‘s Nick Offerman covers the first issue, which also includes a feature on Hans Zimmer and the ubiquitous Pharrell, who have joined forces on an app that promises to “bring the power of Hollywood studio music-scoring to mobile users.”

• In NYC? Don’t miss the fourth annual Architecture on Screen, a series of international productions on architecture selected from the 2012 Montreal International Festival of Films on Art. The cinematic fun begins tomorrow afternoon at the Center for Architecture.
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Friday Photo: Studio 54 Memories for Sale

In 1977, all of the special people spent Halloween night at Studio 54 to celebrate Liza Minnelli‘s buzzy Broadway turn in The Act. Oscar Abolafia snapped this photo of a group of post-show revelers that included Andy Warhol (clutching a Playbill), Diana Vreeland, and Steve Rubell. The following year, Vreeland, then in the Costume Institute phase of her legendary career, joined Rubell to celebrate his 35th birthday and followed up with a thank you note that rather mysteriously enthused about his “adorable children.” The note and photo are among the Studio 54 memorabilia that will be auctioned tomorrow by Palm Beach Modern Auctions. In addition to photos from Rubell’s personal collection (including some Warhol Polaroids and the artist’s bronze dollar sign sculpture, estimated to fetch $30,000 to $50,000), there are V.I.P. drink tickets, party invitations, and a guestbook from the famed nightclub. The auction house has also studded the sale with some glam design pieces by the likes of Paul Evans, Vladimir Kagan, and Milo Baughman, whose sleek 1970s sectional comes with a revolving cocktail table: drink up and boogie down.

How George Lois Got Andy Warhol Into That Can of Soup


Not to be missed is this week’s edition of “Studio 360,” a conversation between the Muhammad Ali-rapping George Lois and the Martha Stewart-skewering Kurt Andersen (although we imagine the “Studio 360″ editing team had to do a fair amount of snipping since Lois can’t speak more than 10 words in a row without one of them being ass, shit or motherfucker).

They spend a lot of time chatting about the blurring line between ads and art, but the highlights are Lois’ stories about designing covers for Esquire, including the story behind the Andy Warhol cover above. Lois’ impression of Warhol when telling the story about asking him to pose for the shot is absolutely priceless. He also manages to get in at least two “design students today don’t know how to draw” jabs. Warhol, for the record, could draw, according to Lois.

A slideshow on the show’s site offers more musings by Lois on specific covers (all PG-rated, of course, but you can use your imagination). Pick up Lois’ new book, Iconic America: A Roller-Coaster Ride through the Eye-Popping Panorama of American Pop Culture for a taste of his racier side.

When Celebrity Products Attack

Yet another fine report from Stephanie Murg.


We couldn’t let this month slip away with a nod to a standout spread in the September issue of Radar. The magazine puts its own twist on those cloying In Style-style peeks into celebrity homes with “At Home with the Stars,” which features Andy Ryan‘s photos of a sweet suburban family whose every product, garment, and foodstuff is celebrity-branded. The spooky parents and their two children (also spooky) frolic about Michael Bednark‘s set, which is strewn with everything from Jaclyn Smith furnishings and Andy Warhol watches to plates designed by John Waters and Suzanne Somers‘s Somersize Lemon Pepper and Ginger Teriyaki Marinade. The accompanying article notes that swimsuit model Kathy Ireland‘s retail behemoth (encompassing swan candy dishes, fake trees, and laminate flooring) rakes in a staggering $1.4 billion in annual sales.

So tonight, when you return to your Martha Stewart home, change into your Sean John or L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani loungewear, and toss a few Donald Trump Steaks on the George Foreman Grill while nursing a snifter of Willie Nelson‘s Old Whiskey River bourbon, consider what life would be like without all of those things. A world without Dwight Yoakam‘s Chicken Lickin’s Chicken Fries? A planet bereft of Nelly‘s Pimp Juice energy drink? A universe where all of my intimate apparel isn’t designed by Elle Macpherson? It’s too frightening to imagine.

As for those celebrities that have yet to get in on this craze, we’ll light a candle for them. It will, of course, be a Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York scented candle. The scent? Dignity.

Stephanie Murg

Glens Falls Getting More Than Just a $25,000 Milton Glaser Logo


The astute members of our Logowatch Team, Bierut and Millman, direct us towards this aesthetic scuffle in Glens Falls, New York, affectionately referred to as “Hometown U.S.A.” It appears Milton Glaser was paid $25,000 to create a logo commemorating the city’s centennial in 2008. And according to one editoral for the veritable local publication Post Star the city is getting ripped off:

The new logo for the upcoming city centennial features a window with rays of sunshine at the top. It was designed by artist Milton Glaser. Most of us have never heard of him. For those who haven’t, he came up with the idea of putting a heart between the “I” and “NY” in the “I Love New York” campaign. He’s also designed some posters you might have seen. But he’s not exactly Andy Warhol as far as being a household name.

The writer suggests that a local designer may have been better suited for the job and would definitely have saved the city some money. But being the rather design-curious folks we are, we checked with the city council records to find out how, for example, a name like Milton Glaser’s makes its way into a city council meeting in Hometown U.S.A. (answer: misspelled). The following is from the minutes of the meeting and tells an entirely different story:

Mayor Akins stated on the LDC and IDA they’ve been trying to find the right logos. With the City’s Centennial coming up he had been looking for a logo and print material for the 2008 celebration and for the City to use thereafter. He reached out to Milton Glasier and asked him if he was willing to jump in to this question with him. He said he would be willing to work with him on developing a logo and a poster, which they could sell and he would sign 100 of them. It will cost between $20-25,000 for the entire package – $10,000 for the logo and $15,000 for the poster, which they could sell to get some of the money back. It would help create a new image for the City and a cornerstone to work with thereafter.

Sounds like a pretty good deal to us. It’s a shame, though, they couldn’t get them signed by someone like, say, Andy Warhol.