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Allen Midgette - New York City / Woodstock, NY


Mixed Media Assemblage
Painted Feathers
by Allen Midgette

 

Allen Midgette first established himself as an actor in films by noted Italian directors Pier Paolo Pasolini and Bernardo Bertolucci, among them, Bertolucci's "Prima dellaRivoluzione" or "Before the Revolution, released in 1962 and filmed in Italian with English subtitles.

Midgette was cast in a number of Warhol's movies during 1967 and 1968, including "The Nude Restaurant" and "Lonesome Cowboys". He also appeared in Warhol's **** (Four Stars), or the "Twenty-Five Hour Movie", in the thirty minute color and sound segment referred to as "International Velvet". "The Twenty-Five Hour Movie" was screened only once, in its entirety, at the New Cinema Playhouse, New York, in December of 1967.

Among Allen Midgette's many performances was his impersonation of Andy Warhol in 1967. In Warhol disguise, he toured the college circuit and was absolutely convincing in the role of Warhol at lectures, faculty dinners and cocktail parties. The charade lasted for six months and might have continued. Apparently, someone in Warhol's circle revealed the prank.

Allen Midgette as Andy Warhol - 1967

Since Andy Warhol's death in 1987, Midgette has revived his impersonation of Warhol, as performance art. He continues to perform in Off-Broadway productions in New York City. Allen Midgette is also a fine artist, creating paintings, wearable art and mixed-media assemblages, many of them based on natural forms related to his Cherokee heritage. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries in New York city and in Woodstock, New York, where he lives and works.

As one of the "Artists of the Warhol Circle", Allen Midgette exhibited his work in "Ten Years After: The Warhol Factory" at Audart, in February of 1997. He was the onlyWarhol artist in the show who created his own installation, turning the "Midgette Room" into a recreation of "Woodstock" with his huge painting by the same name.

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