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“The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun.” – P.G. Wodehouse from Adventures of Sally.

Andy Warhol took his fascination on the subject to a whole new level having fallen pray to the wrong end of the instrument. Victim to a fateful gunshot wound in the late sixties, inflicted upon him by radical feminist writer Valerie Solanas, Warhol was plagued by the injury for the rest of his life. On the psychological level, the incident had an even more profound influence on the artist, wherein thirteen years after the incident he released a series of paintings which were to be entitled – Guns and Knives. The Guns depicted in the series, particularly resembled the .22 snub nose pistol, which was used to take aim at him. During the production of these pieces, Warhol is said to have invited friends over to his studio with their firearms. The subsequent polaroid images of the guns would later be immortalized by the artist on the canvas. Long live the Pop Art.


What brings Warhol in trend in 2017?

The world could not be enough. Amidst, the work that need be for the promotion of an Alice Cooper album release, its twenty seventh act since its inception in 69. We have Alice in persona and social profile, Vincent Damon Furnier speaking about his lucky break.

“ Yea, so this more or less beats that feeling you get when you find $20 in an old jacket. “

Read one of Cooper posts with an appropriate link.

Alice Cooper’s ‘forgotten’ Warhol found after four decades in storage.”

Was the headline to the Cable News Network link. Need we say more.

The piece, by chance discovered among the fabled props from the Alice Cooper concerts, is a silkscreen rendition in classic red and black of an electric chair. An instrument which on its part was a popular prop in its own capacity in Cooper concerts of yore.

No coincidences out here as both Cooper and Warhol had been known to be socially acquainted, perhaps indeed friends during the early 70’s. The painting which was then acquired for a couple of grand is now a million dollar baby in the making. Credit to the mother of Vincent Furnier and her perhaps photographic memories of a rolled painting resting in inventory.

Warhol’s Little Electric Chair, in its red replaced with green imagery, which is said to be the original of which the Cooper’s Warhol is a reproduction, sold at a 2015 auction at Christie’s, New York for a chart topping 15 millions. All of us including Warhol,Cooper or Roger Fedrer could always do with a few honest millions of dollars to show off.

The theme behind the electric chairs is a part of Warhol’s Death and Disaster series of the early 60’s. A period wherein Warhol was dealing with the elements of the darker side, upon been advised by friend and then young art curator Henry Geldzahler, at a lunch at Serendipity, an usual hangout for Warhol of the day. The Death and Disaster series which included a body of somewhat seventy loosely connected works of art, was an attempt on the part of the artist to move away from his all embracing commercial image of soup cans and coke bottles. A period prior to the time of the Gun and Knives series of the 80’s, wherein the artist would take on the subject of the dark side, drawing on experience from his own past.What would come to be known as the Guns and Knives series.

Again no surprises, for one of these guns were reason enough for not just us at Verses Inked, but in fact the aware art community on the whole, to get busy about Andy Warhol. And when t is Andy Warhol, you could rest assure of some Limousines. Now only a few Limousines would be an understatement when talking of Art Basel.


You Have to Talk about Basel!

 Speaking of abstract, objective, misplaced preludes; Basel is home to Roger Federer, and since 1970 also host to the extravaganza which today materializes every year as Art Basel. The years since has seen the brand include Miami beach and Hong-Kong into its annual itinerary, expanding into a three times a year, multi-national, age defining art affair.

With over 100,000 in attendance from June 15th -18th , picking on the works of 4000 contemporary artists represented by 291 of the world’s leading galleries.The cornucopia on display ranging from paintings and installations to publications and films, showcasing the works of modern masters, living legends and those up and coming, the artwork on display categorized into exclusive sectors.

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Among names like Francis Bacon, Roy Lichtenstein August Sander, Fernand Léger, Christopher Wool, Samson Kambalu, Subodh Gupta to name a few at the 47th edition of Art Base, stands the 16”x20” monumentalization of the revolver by Warhol. Making its own space in the Art Unlimited sector, the most spectacular of sections in the exhibition, one of Warhol’s guns is showcased for the viewing pleasure and interest of the visitors.

An acquisition by Mnuchin Gallery New York, at the turn of the millennium, for as per Warhol standards, a modest sum of $12 millions, this 80’s silk screen Warhol, with its surrealistic yellow duplicating effect, and larger than life presence of the .32 snub nose, the same weapon with which the artist was aimed at and critically wounded. This piece sure is a head turner in any time and space. To whom it matters, Steven Mnuchin, who is the son of the gallery owner is a public servant in the exceedingly pro-ammunition Donald Trump administration.

The world still could not have had enough of Andy Warhol. At the VIP preview at Basel, still June 2017, Sweden based art gallery Skarstedt found themselves amassing $30 millions, from an unnamed American private collector for the sale of a Warhol self portrait, done in shades of modest, narcissistic pink, where the artist approaching middle age is depicted sporting an out of bed, shock spikes.



If You Forget Me by Pablo Neruda

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‘Bout the bard-

Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto, born July 12th, year 1904,
deceased on September 23rd, 1973. The man who first adopted the name for the sake of the page, and then assumed it with all legal formalities.  The man known as Pablo Neruda. The winner of the Noble Prize for Literature in the year 1971.

As a poet alone, he played many parts. From being a child prodigy at ten, popular as Pablo Neruda,  while still in his teens, a dirty lover to many, a chronicler of historic epics, a capable communist and a prosaic self portraitist, among others. The words of the bard however, ofttimes came down in green ink, which was his characteristic representation of longing and promise.

The year 1948 saw the then Chilean president Gabriel González Videla, abolish communism in the country. Neruda, who was then a member of the senate on behalf of the Chilean Communist Party, had an arrest warrant issued in his name. A period…

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SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 26: Chris Cornell and Tom Morello perform together for the “15 Now” Benefit Show at El Corazn on September 26, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/FilmMagic)

BuzzWord will be a segment where we get nosy about our favorite artist’s social life. Truly touched by the emotional out-pour by Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello, on the death of his AudioSlave band mate, Chris Cornell. Verses Inked pays homage to the friendship, the association and its contribution to the world.

Tom Morello, with multiple genre bending musical acts, a bagful of guitar tricks, and a few famed guitars can afford to have a busy timeline. Yet Morello sure is a man of measured notes. In one ridiculous video he chucks his soul power, customized fender stratocaster, only for a crew member to delightfully catch it for safekeeping. The post accompanied by some honest words of wisdom regarding love and relationships.

“ If you love someone set them free. If they come back, they’re yours; if they don’t they never were. ” -Thus spake the artist about his own gimmick.

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Otherwise there are numerous socio-political causes which Morello supports. With having his views on the future of rock and humanity published in LA Weekly, to contributing content for Chelsea Manning Benefit Compilation. An initiative by a number of luminaries among whom are Thurston Moore, Graham Nash, Against Me! And others including, yours’ truly Tom Morello.

Also on Morello’s timeline you will find appreciation for Canadian author, journalist and social activist, Naomi Klein’s new publication, No is Not Enough – Resisting Trump’s shock politics and winning the world we need. “ Essential reading for resistance ! – Tom Morello says in his post on Facebook.

Then there are the basic promotional post for the release of the debut song, unf**k the world, from the latest super-group that Morello is part of, Prophets of Rage, inspired by the Public Enemy song of the same name from the album- It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back. The band constitutes of Morello on guitar, Tim Commerford on backing vocals and bass, and Brad Wilk on drums. All three have been previously together in Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave. The remaining members of this galactic gathering consists of Hip-Hop artist Chuck-D and DJ Lord from Public Enemy and rapper B-Real from the band Cypress Hill.

From early impressions the song is heavy on hip-hop backed by funk rock, thrash metal RHTM influence. Morello is simply sublime with his notework and chords which climaxes to a solo of some reckoning. With the facility of of an in house DJ, and Morello’s affection for pedals and processors, you could be assured of a lot of effects and texture to the sound. The video of the song hovers on the lines of pop angst. With multiple clips of meat processing, pharmaceutics, infantries, the here and now Republican America and the band tearing the stage apart in their 2016 Make America Rage Again tour.


Tom Morello – In Memory of Chris Cornell:

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Most of Morello’s recent timeline is all in memories of Chris Cornell. There are a number of posts to pick from. Foremost among which is a poem composed by Morello for Cornell.


You’re a prince, you’re a snare, you’re a shadow

You’re twilight and star burn and shade

You’re a sage, you’re a wound shared, you’re masked

You’re a pillar of smoke, you’re a platinum heart

You’re a brush fire, you’re caged, you’re free

You’re vision pierces, you do not see

You are pieces strewn on the hillside

You’re open armed, you’re armed, you’re true

You’re a revealer of visions, you’re the passenger, you’re a never fading scar

You’re twilight and star burn and shade

You’re the secret veiled, you’re the secret revealed, you’re surrounded no more

You’re not there, now you’re always here

Youre a handsome groom, a loving father, a haunted stairwell

You’re the clear bell ringing, the mountains echo your song

Maybe no one has ever known you

You are twilight and star burn and shade

Among other mentions of the late singer by his bandmate include a quote of the lyrics written by Chris for the Audioslave number – Shadow of the Sun.

 “Shapes of every size
Move behind my eyes
Doors inside my head
Bolted from within
Every drop of flame
Lights a candle in
Memory of the one
Who lived inside my skin… I can tell you why the end will never come I can tell you I’m the shadow on the sun”. 
Chris Cornell, Shadow On The Sun   

– Tom Morello Facebook Post 28.5.17


A hearfelt au revoir:-

 Farewell, Sunshower. Goodbye, Shadow King. Until we meet again, sweet friend, break your rusty cage and run…

– Tom Morello Facebook Post 28.5.17


Some exclusive Seattle grunge scene trivia:

#ChrisCornell & #AndrewWood were good friends and roommates in Seattle. Chris sang for #Soundgarden, Andrew sang for #MotherLoveBone (who were signed to MCA by @goldie.momandpop). Andrew overdosed and died. Chris wrote songs for Andrew that became the #TempleOfTheDog album. Some of the guys from Mother Love Bone formed a new band briefly called Mookie Blaylock before they settled on a permanent name…#PearlJam. Some of those dudes, including their new singer #EddieVedder played/sang on Temple Of The Dog record. Pearl Jam needed a drummer so Eddie called his old pal, #bradwilk. Didn’t work out so Brad came home and helped form #RageAgainstTheMachine, who were then signed by @goldie.momandpop to Pearl Jam’s new label, Epic. Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and RATM all rocked the planet mightily (and we’re all produced and/or mixed by #BrendanObrien). Soundgarden & RATM broke up and dudes from those bands formed #Audioslave, who also rocked the planet (also produced by Brendan). Audioslave broke up but later Soundgarden, RATM, Temple Of The Dog and Audioslave all reunited at one point or another. Then Chris Cornell passed away and now he and his good friend Andrew Wood are roommates once again.

– Tom Morello Facebook Post – 28.5.17


And a best of Chris Cornell tribute anthology:

Here are some of my favorite Chris Cornell videos- from Soundgarden badassery, to epic Audioslave in Cuba, to acoustic duetting in a tiny Seattle night club.

Enjoy and keep Chris in your memory.

– Tom Morello Facebook Post – 23.5.17


May the power, rest in peace.

Verses Inked rests its space

An Obituary to Chris Cornell – at Verses Inked

Source: Tom Morello Facebook Page

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