Posts Tagged ‘Progress Pigment’
“Now take a deep breath. Would you believe that Andy Warhol was once portrayed on American TV by portly Hollywood character actor Walter Slezak? Well kind of… It’s been brought to my attention that there’s an earlier Batman episode that references Warhol more directly than the two I wrote about. In “The Clock King’s Crazy Crimes” (aired Oct. 12, 1966) Batman and Robin follow a crime trail to a Gotham City art gallery installing its first exhibition of pop art. That in itself is notable: How often does a mass-audience TV show mention a then-contemporary art movement?”
“One of the fictional gallery’s artists, Progress Pigment, is the villainous Clock King (Slezak) in disguise. Slezak’s artist get-up may not register until you realize that the sunglasses, trench coat, and tie are lifted directly from the group of blue-background self-portaits Warhol did c. 1964. They’re not the most familiar Warhol self-portraits now, but they may have been then. This being network TV, the costume folks added a beret.
“I am Progress Pigment,” Slezak declaims, “the king of pop art and apostle of its culture.” The savvier Nielsen families would have known that the media had crowned Warhol the “Pope of Pop Art.” Slezak/Pigment denounces the gallery’s pop art offerings as “Inferior!” A target of his ire is a painting of Batman. There is a well-known pop art painting of Batman… by Andy Warhol.”
right Andy Warhol’s Batman painting.
Watch the whole episode “The Clock King’s Crazy Crimes” on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pE1ekh8xyug