New York

Andy Warhol

Leo Castelli Gallery

An important classified ad in a recent issue of The Village Voice reads:

X-CHANGE: You feed the factory. Supply the Warhol Works with items negotiable, well-used, or new (Technical equipment, free good dinners, terrific clothes, film, lights and work, what-have-you or what-are-you) ANDY WARHOL will certify your WARHOL WORK with his signature. For appointment call EL 5-9941.

This is the most literal statement to date of Andy Warhol’s Message—that Art and Life are Interchangeable. What happens as a result of this premise, of course, is that neither exists or that one becomes part of the other in a reversible continuum in which no cleavage is possible.

But if Art has ceased to exist for Warhol then certainly there can be no longer any pretense at the creation of “Gallery Art.” Perhaps this is why his present exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery is such an embarrassment. Warhol may have at last

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