From the vast Andy Warhol film repertoire, it was his silent black-and-white films from the mid-’60s that best conveyed his raw talent and brilliant eye for subtlety. Today’s opening of Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures includes his Screen Tests (featuring portraits of Lou Reed, Allen Ginsberg, Salvador Dalí, Susan Sontag, and Edie Sedgwick), which will be shown on the gallery walls within frames, as well as his early silent black-and-white films (such as Sleep, Eat, Blow Job, and Kiss). A selection of these films are being seen in a way that Warhol had always intended them to be seen—slower, the way silent films were viewed from the 1890s through the 1920s. Although they were originally shot at sound-film speed (24 frames per second), for this exhibition, the films have been transferred from 16mm film to DVD at the speed of 16 frames per second.
Dec. 20-March 21, 2010
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 8, 2010