Sunday, 10 August 2008

When Warhol met Sofu

The Internet sure opens up a lot of new opportunities. I got a respons from a member of the Sogetsu Pittsburgh Study Group regarding my blog post on Sofu Teshigahara and Andy Warhol. This is what she is writing:

"I have read an article about when Warhol met Sofu, his wife, and daughter Kasumi at a Japanese restaurant in Tokyo in 1974, to take Polaroid pictures of Sofu and Kasumi to make their portraits. It was Warhol that requested this meeting and he was disappointed that Hiroshi could not attend because of the conflict he had.

He enjoyed the meeting and even asked if he could see their exhibition before he left for US next morning. He was lead by Kasumi and saw the exhibit before it's opening early morning while people were still putting final touches to their arrangements, and he enjoyed thoroughly.

During the meeting Sofu asked Warhol what kind of things he enjoyed in Japan and his reply was the mums displayed at many temples he visited, it must have been in autumn. He particularly liked the cascading ones and the white ones were his favorites.

That impression might be the inspiration of those mum collections you mentioned in your blog. That meeting also lead us to connect with Warhol museum decades later and gave us a wonderful opportunity to exhibit there a couple of times a year, often collaborate with their special exhibit/events."

Isn't that exciting - Thanks Atsumi! I'm posting a picture from Warhol's Kiku suite (1982-83) to celebrate.

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