Collaboration


Christina Katrakis collaborates with a number of renown artists, personalities, actors, philanthropists and scholars. Be it the collaboration with such stars as George Clooney in raising money for Africa and Hope for Haiti campaign, or working together with Eli Hewson's and Bono's program towards a common goal of helping Chernobyl children, collaborating with such stars of medicine as Dr Bill Novick on helping to promote CIHF medical mission around the world, or supporting Brigitte Bardot fight for animal lives, or working alongside with Hollywood stars trying to raise money for the St. Jude's, or supporting National Democratic Institute's mission of democracy and human rights around the world, or participating in the Good Will Mission Program led by such stars as Angelina Jolie, aimed to help children around the world, or creating a one of a kind cinematic project with Italian film director Manfredo Leteo - connecting dance, art, music and cinema as one, or working with scholars such as renown Egyptologist Francesco Tiradritti on connecting history, archeology, myth and art, or working together with Hollywood film director Mary Lambert on developing scenes for her recent films connecting art and cinematography, just to name a few. One of Katrakis' most recent collaboration projects was with the an amazing artist and muse of Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol - Ultra Violet.

“Ultra Violet Light” Project – Dali, Picasso, Warhol & I

One of Katrakis' most recent collaboration projects was with the an amazing artist and muse of Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol - Ultra Violet. Katrakis spent some time staying with her in her studio in Nice, France, watching her work and filming the longest and most detailed documentary about Ultra Violet ever made. She also wrote a set of interview based articles with the star, which are truly a confession. Few months after - the greatest muse of the 21st century - Ultra Violet - died. Katrakis also arranged for the joined project "Ultraviolet Light" to be shown in Berlin as part of Art Berlin Week 2014, and curated Ultra Violet's lest artistic mutual show with Igor Kalinauskas. The film "Ultra Violet Light" was premiered in Berlin during Art Berlin 2014.

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“Dali, Picasso, Warhol and I” Project, Nice, France


Posters and Printed Media:







Presenting "Ultra Violet Light" project in Berlin in RAR Gallery, part of Art Berlin Week:



Presenting "Ultra Violet Light" project in Berlin in Eichblatt Gallery, part of Art Berlin Week:



The "Ultra Violet Project" made it to Pankow(er)Leben Berlin art magazine and Art Berlin 2014 catalog. At the press conference:



Film about Ultra Violet and Igor Kalinauskas joined art project - "Ultra Violet Light":



Hanging Ultra Violet's last work of art - her last message to the world:



Recently, in 2014, Igor Kalinauskas began a creative artistic collaboration with one of the stars on the contemporary international art scene, the muse of Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol, the star of Pablo Picasso’s play, an artist, an actress and a writer – Ultra Violet.



One of the major collaboration projects of Christina Katrakis was titled "Ultra Violet Light" and was created together with one of the greatest muses on the 21st century - Ultra Violet herself, who collaborated with such geniuses of our time as Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. In fact it was the last project done by Ultra Violet before her death in 2014. One of her recent collaboration projects was with Damian Hurst and it was followed by the joined multi media project with Christina Katrakis. The "Ultra Violet Light" Project comprises 3 documentary films, totally unique in their nature since they are muse's last confession where she talks of things which she never told before. Two major art shows featuring her last message work and that of Igor Kalinauskas, a fellow artist with whom Ultra Violet agreed to do her last major exhibit. Both shows were part of Art Berlin 2014 Art Fair. As well as several TV interviews with the muse (CNN & BBC), number of international articles, catalogs and media reports, as well as the Art Berlin Film Presentation. The whole project was curated and led by Christina Katrakis herself. As a close friend of Ultra Violet she took private interviews with her in her Nice studio and home, and at the art show. Katrakis directed all 3 films, curated both shows and wrote essays and articles for the project. In order to understand the nature of the project, one has to understand and feel the people behind it.

In order to understand the nature of the project, one has to understand and feel the people behind it. Who is this “muse of light” which inspired the greatest geniuses of our time - Dali, Picasso, later Warhol and now captured the heart and the mind of Kalinauskas? Who is the woman artist behind the veiled name of Ultra Violet?

Indeed, Ultra Violet is her stage name, born Isabelle Collin Dufresne, this incredible woman-artist is not only the legendary muse of Salvador Dali and superstar of ’s “The Factory” and films, but a true living history. She dwelled not only in the surrealist vision of Dali and in his studio in Port Ligat, Spain and New York, but also in the heart of the emerging at the time pop art scene, communicating and spending time with some of the founding fathers of the movement: Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and James Rosenquist to name just a few. It was Salvador Dali who introduced Isabelle Dufresne to a rising star of the pop art movement – Andy Warhol. Soon after she moved into The Factory and became his leading superstar in numerous projects and films. It was Andy who granted her the stage name “Ultra Violet”, because it was her preferred color at the time, and even her hair was the color of lilac. Ever since, this pseudonim stayed with her.

She also took part in a creative project of another generous of the century – Pablo Picasso. In 1967 Ultra Violet played a part in his play Desire Caught by the Tail. it was set for the first time at the festival in Saint-Tropez, France, with such stars as Taylor Mead. But no, the list of Ultra Violet’s friends, acquaintances and partners doesn’t stop with such titans of the time as Dali, Picasso, Warhol, Jasper Johns, Rauschenberg, Rosenquist and Mead. She knew numerous historic personalities and celebrities of her time, rotating in their circles, exchanging ideas and vision with such stars as John Graham, John Chamberlain, Edward Ruscha, Rudolf Nureyev, Milos Forman, Howard Hughes, Richard Nixon, Aristotle Onassis, Maria Callas, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Marc Chagall, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and Yoko Ono.




Ultra Violet


Ultra Violet - born Isabelle Collin Dufresne (born 6 September 1935, La Tronche, Grenoble, France) she is a French-American artist, author, and former colleague and superstar of Andy Warhol. Earlier in her career, she worked for and studied with surrealist artist Salvador Dali. She lives and works in New York City, and also has a studio in Nice, France.

Isabelle Collin Dufresne was brought up in a strictly religious upper-middle-class family, but she rebelled at an early age. She was instructed at a Catholic school, and then a reform school. In 1953, she received a BA in Art at Le Sacre Coeur in Grenoble, France. She soon left France to live with an older sister in New York City.

In 1954, after a meeting with Salvador Dali, she became his "muse”, pupil, and studio assistant in both Port Lligat, Spain, and in New York City. Later, she would recall, "I realized that I was 'surreal', which I never knew until I met Dali". In the 1960s, Dufresne began to follow the progressive American Pop Art scene including Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and James Rosenquist.

In 1963, Dali introduced Dufresne to Andy Warhol, and soon she moved into the orbit of his unorthodox studio, "The Factory". In 1964 she selected the stage name "Ultra Violet" at Warhol's suggestion, because it was her preferred fashion—her hair color at the time was often violet or lilac. She became one of many "superstars" in Warhol's Factory, and played multiple roles in over a dozen films between 1965 and 1974.

In 1967 Ultra Violet played a part in the surrealistic play Desire Caught by the Tail by Pablo Picasso when it was set for the first time in France at a festival in Saint-Tropez, among others with Taylor Mead.

At various points in her career she would meet numerous celebrities, including John Graham, John Chamberlain, Edward Ruscha, Rudolf Nureyev, Milos Forman, Howard Hughes, Richard Nixon, Aristotle Onassis, Maria Callas, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Marc Chagall, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and Yoko Ono.

In 1969, she was "dethroned" as Warhol's primary muse by Viva, a more recent discovery.

Although a full participant in activities at the Factory, she generally avoided the heavy drug usage prevalent at the time, saying that her body reacted badly to drugs. She had tried smoking as a rebellious teen, had gotten very sick as a result, and resolved to abstain from drug usage. She would later observe, "If I had lived like all those young people, I would be dead today".

In the 1980s she gradually drifted away from the Factory scene, taking a lower profile and working independently on her own art. In her autobiography, published the year after Warhol's unexpected demise in 1987, she chronicled the activities of many Warhol superstars, including several untimely deaths during and after the Factory years.

In 1988, Ultra Violet published her autobiography, Famous for 15 Minutes: My Years with Andy Warhol. This autobiography was edited extensively and partially translated from French to English by her New York penthouse roommate Natalie Durkee. After a review of the book in the New York Times, it was published worldwide, eventually in 17 languages. After a book tour, she returned to France; in 1990 she opened a studio in Nice and wrote another book detailing her own ideas about art, L'Ultratique. She lives and works as an artist in New York City, and also maintains a studio in Nice.

On April 10, 2005 she joined a panel discussion "Reminiscences of Dali: A Conversation with Friends of the Artist" as part of a symposium "The Dali Renaissance" for a major retrospective show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her conversation with another former Dali protegee, French singer/actress Amanda Lear, is recorded in the 236-page exhibition catalog, The Dali Renaissance: New Perspectives on His Life and Art after 1940.

In 2006, she had a solo show at Stefan Stux Gallery in the Chelsea district of New York. In 2007 she gave a retrospective lecture at the New York Institute of Technology.

In 2010, filmmaker David Henry Gerson released Ultra Violet for Sixteen Minutes, a short documentary showing her perspectives on fame, art, religion, and her current artistic practice.

In 2011, she was featured in a brief article about surviving former Warhol "Superstars". Regarding her famous past and her artwork today, she has said, “People always want to know about the past, but I’m much more interested in tomorrow". In 2011, she showed a series of artworks as her personal memorial of the September 11 attacks, which were displayed in the exhibit Memorial IX XI at Queensborough Community College, opening on Friday, September 9.

In a 2012 interview, she said, "I’m a New Yorker, I’m an American, and I’m an artist. Because of those three things, I had to do something about 9/11, and the question was what to do, which is not simple".

In 1973, a near-death experience launched Ultra Violet on a spiritual quest, culminating in her baptism in 1981. Since then, she has been a practicing member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Books

  • Isabelle Dufresne / Ultra Violet: Famous for 15 Minutes. My Years With Andy Warhol. (1988) Illustrated. 274 pp. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (English-language edition in paperback. Avon Books, 1990, ISBN 0-380-70843-4)
  • Isabelle Dufresne / Ultra Violet: Andy Warhol, Superstar. ISBN 3-7857-0535-2 (German, at present only a second-hand example available)
  • Isabelle Dufresne / Ultra Violet: L'Ultratique

Filmography



Information source:

Wikipedia

Official website: www.ultravioletweb.com



Ultra Violet:



At the presentation of the joined art project by Ultra Violet and Kalinauskas - "Ultra Violet Light" together with the Mayor of Nice and the international art curator of the joined art project Christina Katrakis, in the Depardieu Gallery in Nice, France:








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