Warhol Won’t Show Up. Nico Won’t Show Up. The Velvet Underground Won’t Show Up...
np: nd [c. 1960’s]. 9 x 12 in. black marker on white card stock. Matted and
framed. Provenance: from the archive of Velvet Underground member Sterling
Morrison, with a letter of provenance taped onto the verso of the frame from a
previous dealer and signed by him, laying out how the artifact was purchased
from Martha Morrison, Sterling’s widow.
A handmade placard likely made by a disgruntled fan after the Velvets and
Warhol were no-shows. The text could be read either as a brilliant puncture
of the early pop mythology of the group, or, conversely, a mark of the deep
hold they exercised over the imagination of America, and the inevitable
disappointment that ensued. Or both.
“Warhol won’t show up. Nico won’t show up. The Velvet Underground won’t show
up - tonight, Saturday. Demand your money back. Don’t be made a fool of. You
pay 2.50 a head to see nothing but a couple of bad films and blinking lights.”.