Deb Gordon’s guest was author Bob Colacello who is also a board member of The Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE), which is the leading private, non-profit organization dedicated to providing permanent works of American art for U.S. embassies worldwide. All artworks commissioned or placed by FAPE are gifts by the artists and donors.
Mr. Colacello expound upon FAPE’s mission to foster cultural diplomacy and cross-cultural understanding within the diplomatic community and the international public, and when discussing some of the artwork at U.S. embassies around the world, Colacello stated, “These large works outside the embassies I think are really important because again, they say America’s about freedom of expression, about self expression, about creativity, about culture, and not just power and security.”
Spotlighted the FAPE original print and photography exhibition at the Museum at Guild Hall in East Hampton, and discussed the artists and artwork in the collection, which range from Frank Stella, Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein, to newer artists Julie Mehretu, and Carrie Mae Weems. “FAPE has definitely striven for diversity but not in an artificial way…probably at least half the works are by women and a wide variety of people from different ethnic and racial backgrounds – like America itself.” Colacello said.
Longtime friend of famed artist Andy Warhol and former Editor of Warhol’s Interview magazine, Mr. Colacello will moderate a panel discussion series during the exhibit called “Andy Warhol: Global Phenomen” and will address Warhol’s influence in the art world. The panel includes Peter Brandt an avid Warhol collector, Gallery owner Larry Gagosian, who has held many Warhol retrospectives, and “Baby” Jane Holzer, a fixture in Andy Warhol’s underground movies and also collects his work. “Andy was quite a character, said Collacello. “He was quite unusual and eccentric in many ways, but he also was very American in that he was from a very poor Czechoslovak immigrant family…. And he was driven to succeed and he did. I think his art is truly pop art in the sense that it’s popular art …there’s a lot underneath the surface, but the initial reaction I think almost everybody can get, and say ‘this is something I can relate to’.” Colacello said.
Also discussed was the re-release of Mr. Colacello’s book about Warhol titled “Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close-Up” which is a re-issued memoir and provides valuable insight into his years with the legendary and iconic artist.
“I wanted to convey the feeling of what it was like to be in your 20’s and to be thrust into this extremely glamorous, creative, and crazy world.” When discussing Andy Warhol’s famous quotes, Mr. Colacello went on to say “Andy certainly did have his finger on the pulse of the times and of some sense of the future, more than I think most people or most artists — and that again, is part of why his art just seems to keep growing in influence and financial value”.
For more information about FAPE and to become a member, visit www.fapeglobal.org.
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