NOT ANDY WARHOL’S FACTORY – An Imitation from Mike Bidlo with David Blair

by JC Gonzo

The great imitator Mike Bidlo, key figure of the appropriationist movement, takes on Andy Warhol’s Factory in this 1984 video clip. While famous for accurate recreations of Pollock, Picasso, Duchamp, Man Ray, and many others’ physical work, Bidlo extends his practice to include the full spectrum of his modernist heroes’ actions by acting out events like Pollock’s urinating into Peggy Guggenheim’s fireplace.

Bidlo commonly titles his works with “not” proceeding the name of the artist he is recreating, i.e. “Not Pollock.” Not actually titled “Not Andy Warhol’s Facotry” but simply “Andy Warhol Factory,” this 8 minute video was fashioned by David Blair, the man behind WAX or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees, the first film to be broadcast on the internet.

Andy Warhol Factory (1984) – David Blair, Mike Bidlo

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  1. matthias says:

    These as pictures are so digital . NO it dosen’t work
    You need to share your age, is this a silly kids bore dum?
    The material of the wig is so 2000.
    Black and white? remember what that dose? It Talks to you!
    If this is Art then grind it, dice it and spit on it, add other bodily extracts and sell it.
    But dont look at it.
    Art your refussed to look at, you got it!

  2. Matt Wrbican says:

    The images might have been scanned from film or video footage of the event in 1984, but the event was great — i saw it, was amazed, waited in the screenprinting queue and have my very own Marilyn screenprint-on-newsprint signed by Mike Bidlo! Seven years later, I was hired by the Andy Warhol Museum, and have been the archivist there for 25 years.

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