Burns Burned Over Warhol Film

David Ebony, editor of Art in America, reviews Ric Burns’ film, “Andy Warhol:A Documentary Film,” which premiered on televisions PBS after a short theatrical run in New York. In the two-part film, Burns examines the life of Warhol, from his underprivileged childhood in Pittsburgh in Part I, entitled “Raggedy Andy,” to the last two eventful decades of Warhol’s career, highlighted in Part II, “Drella.” Burns’ access to the Pittsburgh Andy Warhol Museum gives viewers a rare look into the childhood of Warhol and to 8mm footage of the artist at work in the early days of the Factory. The film documents Warhol’s struggle to find “creditability, acceptance and fame as a fine artist” and more than just meager commercial success. Irving Blum and Donna De Salvo are among the art experts to give interviews, while Warhol’s brother, John Warhola, and the artist’s 1960’s assistant, Billy Name, also provide insight to Warhol’s word. With his honest opinions, Ebony gives a sincere critique of Burns’ work and holds nothing back to the improvements he believes could be made regarding some important aspects of Warhol’s life.

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Art in America. November 2006. Page 41. “From “Raggedy Andy” to “Drella”- Warhol for TV”

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