Warholian Lineage Project Explores His Legacy at Henry Street Gallery [RECAP]

Posted on: February 23rd, 2016 at 10:23 am by
Image by Alvaro Art.

Image by Alvaro Art, courtesy of Warholian Lineage Research Center.

It often feels like nothing exciting or creative can survive on the Lower East Side anymore and much of our history is being wiped out. Does anything feel adventurous and a little raw? (How many speakeasies and pop-up shops does a gal need, ya know?) So we tend to stop and take notice, encouraged when something other than a chain store or yet another overpriced condo moves in.

Art By Davey, holding his Andy Mouse. Photo: Art by Davey.

Art By Davey, wearing a BillyBoy* necklace and holding his “Andy Mouse.” Photo: Art by Davey.

Here’s one: The Warholian Lineage Research Center, a new gallery-library-office, opened its doors at Lazy Susan last week, which gave us cause to celebrate. Created by writer and curator Joseph Scott Sheridan, the center’s mission is to encourage education and dialogue on Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, and to explore the mentor-protégé relationship between the three artists, and also their influence on our culture.

Sheridan asks: what was it that Warhol transmitted to Haring, and why was Basquiat the only artist whom Warhol ever extensively collaborated with?

 Joseph Scott Sheridan and Adolfo Arena. Photo: Lori Greenberg.

Joseph Scott Sheridan and Adolfo Arena. Photo: Lori Greenberg.

The basement half of the two-floor gallery will explore these questions, featuring artists associated with this lineage. The center will also curate established and emerging artists in other locations, as well as team up for shows in their upstairs space.

Alvaro of Alvaro Arts. Photo: Art By Davey.

Alvaro of Alvaro Arts with some of his work. Photo: Art By Davey.

It was no accident that the opening took place on February 16, the 25th anniversary of Keith Haring’s passing. When we popped in last week, the packed gallery on Henry Street was in full swing. There was a feeling of enthusiasm, and despite the tribute to the past, we also felt a breath of fresh air in the neighborhood.

LAII (Angel Ortiz). Photo: Art By Davey.

LAII (Angel Ortiz). Photo: Art By Davey.

We spied several of our favorite Warhol-centric books in the small library, as well as some obscure ones. By the way, the center is encouraging people to donate more books. In addition to publications on Warhol, Basquiat and Haring, any other writings on their influences and associated movements are encouraged.

Perfidia. Photo: Art By Davey.

The fabulous Perfidia. Photo: Art By Davey.

You can find out more details on their Facebook page.

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