film in which all of Naomi’s charms are revealed as she passionately and nakedly squirms on a couch. Her efforts are for naught. The male co-star is more fascinated with his motorcycle, parked next to the couch, which he works on during the entire film. Definitely too much for the Post. But the (now defunct) New York Herald Tribune bought the piece and ran it in its Sunday Magazine on August 8, 1965. As for the silk screens of Warhol eating the banana, I gave one to Larry Fried, kept a blue one for myself and gave the rest of them to the group of young co-workers I was a part of. Twenty years later, I ran into a Warhol dealer in New York who became interested in the banana screen when I told him the story. He asked if I wanted to sell it. I said sure. He ran it by the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board (no longer in existence). They looked at it and put their official “De-
nied” stamp on it. They couldn’t deny Andy had taken the picture. The remote cord is prominent in his hand. But he hadn’t signed it, which was slightly bogus because we know how he felt about that. The dealer hung it in his gallery for a while, thinking a collector would want this unique bit of history as a curiosity, but it didn’t move. So there it is, propped up on a high bookcase in my semi-utility room. Blake Gopnik wrote about my screen of “Andy Warhol Eating a Banana” on his blog, Blake Gopnik on Art. Gopnik, who is in the middle of a book on Warhol, spoke of how the late artist was “welltrained in the tricks and deceptions of radical modern art,” and how he “reveled in disturbing our sense of what genre a picture belonged to… Warhol chose to take his own picture knowing perfectly well it would cause confusion about what counted as a Warhol self-portrait.” Gopnik concludes that “Andy Warhol Eating a Banana” was “an attack on conventional notions of authorship…a great prop in his act as an artist.” The film Roger Vaughan wrote and co-directed with Joseph Daniel ~ Of Rails & Sails, The Life of Arthur Curtiss James ~ premiered in Newport, R.I., on September 14. It will be shown locally in the near future.
Tidewater Times October 2017