Home—New York, NY. Office—Andy Warhol Film Project, Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10021.
Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY, Andy Warhol Film Project, adjunct curator, 1991—; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, consultant on preservation of Warhol films, 1991—.
(Contributor) Francesc Torres, Francesc Torres (antología): La Cabeza Del Dragón, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid, Spain), 1991.
(Contributor) Thomas Kellein, editor Andy Warhol, Abstracts, Prestel (New York, NY), 1993.
(With others) The Andy Warhol Museum (essays), The Museum (Pittsburgh, PA), 1994.
Andy Warhol Screen Tests: The Films of Andy Warhol: Catalogue Raisonné, H.N. Abrams/Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY), 2006.
New York writer Callie Angell is known the world over as the premiere expert on the films of pop culture icon Andy Warhol. In 1991, Angell became the adjunct curator for the Andy Warhol Film Project at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In addition, Angell serves as a consultant to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, regarding the preservation of the many films Warhol made over the course of his career. Angell has written or served as a contributor to several volumes on Warhol's work, most notably her book Andy Warhol Screen Tests: The Films of Andy Warhol: Catalogue Raisonné. This catalog is of particular interest due to the general lack of familiarity with Warhol's films. In 1970, Warhol withdrew the bulk of his films from circulation, resulting in the deprivation of audiences interested in his work, specifically the films made between 1963 and 1968. Only after Warhol's death, when the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum joined forces to preserve Warhol's efforts, did the works become available once more, at which time it was necessary to put the films into an appropriate context. Angell's book, the first of a two volume set, seeks to offer film students and other scholars of Warhol's films an introduction to the works that make up the collection, including still art, short films, and feature-length productions. The book documents Warhol's filmmaking process, including the type of film used, year made, how the subject was identified, and any notes left by Warhol or his assistant. The films as a whole became known as ‘screen tests’ in 1965, and it is this moniker that lends itself to the book's title. Warhol's initial inspiration for the series was a police pamphlet on the thirteen most wanted criminals of the day. Angell's text accompanies a wealth of pictures that together give readers a clear concept of the types of people who visited and worked with Warhol at his studio, known as the Factory. Jill Conner, writing for Afterimage, dubbed Angell's effort ‘an invaluable source for anyone who is researching the personalities that belonged to the bohemian circles of the early 1960s.’ Conner went on to state: ‘This document reveals the degree to which Warhol served as a conduit for the intersection of poets, artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, dancers, models, opera queens, speed addicts, celebrities, performers, and wealthy patrons who formed the core of the Factory."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Afterimage, May 1, 2006, ‘15 Minutes of Frame,’ p. 47.
Artforum International, April, 2006, ‘Andy Cam: Amy Taubin on the Warhol Film Catalogue Raisonné,’ p. 73.
ARTnews, summer, 2006, ‘Backstage at the Factory."
Choice, December, 2006, J.J. Marchesani, review of Andy Warhol Screen Tests: The Films of Andy Warhol: Catalogue Raisonné, p. 652.
London Review of Books, July 20, 2006, ‘You've Got Three Minutes,’ p. 29.
Publishers Weekly, May 29, 2006, review of Andy Warhol Screen Tests, p. 53.
Sight and Sound, May, 2006, Nick James, review of Andy Warhol Screen Tests, p. 94.
Abrams Books Web site,http://www.abramsbooks.co.uk/ (October 24, 2007), author profile.
Internet Movie Database Web site,http://www.imdb.com/ (October 24, 2007), author biography.