After Warhol’s death, thousands of reels of film were found in his home, in labs, and in the Factory. These were combined with the films that Warhol himself had put on deposit at the Museum of Modern Art in 1984, and as a result of a series of grants from the Foundation, they are being preserved and documented through The Andy Warhol Film Project, a joint undertaking of MoMA and the Whitney Museum of American Art. To initiate work on a catalogue raisonné of the films, the Whitney hired film historian Callie Angell as adjunct curator of the Andy Warhol Film Project in 1991. After more than fifteen years of exhaustive research, Angell’s Andy Warhol Screen Tests: The Films of Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné Vol 1, was published in 2006 by Harry Abrams and the Whitney Museum of American Art. The book – a resource of unprecedented scope and depth – presents stills from each of the 472 screen tests accompanied by detailed information about the film stock, its physical condition, any preservation undergone, a narrative description of “what happens” over the course of the shot and biographic information about the sitters. The second volume of The Films of Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné will cover the rest of Warhol’s cinema. Arranged in chronological order, each film will be documented with a filmographic entry, a film materials entry, preservation information, one or more frame enlargements and possible other related illustrations, and will be further explicated in an essay which describes the content of the film, the circumstances of its making, its relation to other films and works by Warhol, and other relevant history.
Andy Warhol Screen Tests: The Films of Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné, Volume 1
“Isn’t life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?”