Ultra Violet - The Studio Recreated

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Installation Featuring the Contents Iconic Artist and Warhol Superstar’s Chelsea Studio Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Factory
Fame is somewhat legitimate. People want to be God. People want to be remembered.
People want to live in eternity—Ultra Violet
Dillon Gallery (555 West 25th Street, NYC) is pleased to present Ultra Violet: The Studio Recreated, April 24 – June 3, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Factory, in which Ultra Violet was a storied participant. For the show, Dillon is transporting the contents of Ultra’s Chelsea studio and installing them, in their exact order, in the gallery. The exhibition offers a unique glimpse into the inner world of an artist who has been creating work for five decades, while also being a muse to Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, John Chamberlain and Ed Ruscha, to name a few. Dillon Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am–6pm. An opening reception will be held April 24, 6-8pm.

Ultra Violet: The Studio Recreated will feature over 40 works, spanning a temporally and stylistically wide range: paintings, prints, sculptures, neon, found objects and photographs of her beside some of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Some of the most revealing elements are the books, records, tape recordings and films that adorn the studio. From her early film Last Supper, presented at the Kitchen in 1972, to her recent vanities and Self Portraits (2004), the work included is a rich reminder of Ultra Violet’s singular place in art history.

Ultra Violet

Writer, actress, singer and artist Ultra Violet, born Isabelle Collin Dufresne in Grenoble, France on September 6, 1935 rebelled against her aristocratic upbringing, leading her parents to have her exorcised by a Catholic priest in 1948.

She moved to New York City in 1951; where she met Salvador Dali and became his muse and pupil. During the cultural revolution of the 1960s, she was closely associated with John Graham, John Chamberlain, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Joseph Stella, and other artists of the New York School.

In 1963, Dali introduced Dufresne to Andy Warhol. She became known as Ultra Violet, a Pop icon, collaborating with others in the creation of the legendary silver Factory as one of its "superstars."

Ultra appeared in several movies including John Schlesinger's Midnight Cowboy, Milos Forman's Taking Off, Norman Mailer's Maidstone, and Woody Allen's Night Train and Paul Mazursky films. Acted as queen Natolia from Saturn in "Conquest of the Universe" with the famed "Theater of the Ridiculous," directed by John Vaccaro.

She wrote music and recorded with Capital Records. Her best seller memoir, Famous For Fifteen Minutes: My Years With Andy Warhol, was published in 1988 and has been issued in seventeen different versions. Her book obtained a full-page review in the New York Times by Grace Glueck, received the Award of the Frankfurt Bibliotheque. An opera, "Famous" has been written, based on her life story with music composed by David Conte, libretto by John Stirling Walker, published Schirmer Music Company.

Ultra Violet's art works are in the collections of the Museum Pompidou (Paris), the Knokke-Heist Museum (Belgium), and in the private collection of Whitney Museum trustee Beth deWoody. Her art has addressed the tragedy of 9/11 and how the iconography of that event has been, in select cases, transformed into a malleable icon that represents not only an act of terrorism and annihilation, but also one of commercialization in contemporary society. Her IX XI sculpture has been purchased by the Kucich family of Manhasset, New York, and will be on loan to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.

Ultra Violet operates studios in both Chelsea, New York City and Nice, France.


Selected Solo Exhibitions


  • 2013 Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Istanbul, TURKEY
  •           Art Toronto, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Toronto, CANADA  
  •           Multiplied Art Fair at Christie’s, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London, UK
  •           (e)merge art fair, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London, UK
  •           DELUSIONS, Rox Gallery, New York City
  •           Gallery Depardieu, Nice, FRANCE
  •           Volta, Dillon Gallery, Basel, SWITZERLAND
  •           Art South Hampton, Dillon Gallery, South Hampton, USA
  •           Volta Art Fair, Dillon Gallery, New York City
  •           Armory, Pier 92, Michal Schultz, Berlin, New York City
  • 2012 Art Miami, Dillon Gallery, Miami, FL
  •           NOGUCHI’S LIGHT TOWER. UR1 Music & Art festival: with Lou Reed and Kanye West, Kiwi Arts Group
  •           Miami, FL
  •           LUMINALE Detroit Light Festival, Detroit, MI
  •           Bad for You, curated by Beth Rudin Dewoody, Shizaru Gallery, London, UK
  •           Art Live Fair: Performances: “Self Portrait” and “Quantum Clairvoyance”, Miami, FL        
  • 2011 15 Minutes, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
  •           Afterwards and Forward: A Ten-Year 9/11 Reflective Art Exhibition, Visual Arts Gallery, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ
  •           15 Minutes, Pollock/Krasner House, Easthampton, NY         
  •           Paris Heart Gallerie, Paris, FRANCE 
  •           Paris Artcurial– Signature ‘Coffret’, Paris, FRANCE    
  •           Memorial IX XI: Ultra Violet, Queensborough Community College Art Gallery, New York City
  • 2010 Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, FL
  •           Art Basel 2010, Paris Galerie Heart, Basel, SWITZERLAND
  • 2006 Ultra Violet, Stephan Stux Gallery, New York City
  • 2004 La Creche de Noel Galerie Ferrero, Nice, FRANCE
  • 2001 Halloween at the Factory, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, New York City
  •           Rainbow Steel Sculpture, 40’, Avignon, FRANCE
  •           Mise en Scene, Lilo Marti Gallery, St. Paul de Vence, FRANCE      
  • 2000 “Ultra Violet,” Vystavna Sien, Bratislava, SLOVAKIA 
  • 1999 Let there be light, Monserrat Gallery, New York City 
  •           The Light International Art Junction, Nice, FRANCE 
  •           The Data-Processing Angels, Centre de La Terre Gallery, Ramatuelle, FRANCE
  •           Passage of the Year 2000, Gallery Sabine Watchers, Knokke-le-Zoute, BELGIUM
  • 1998 Apocalyptic Angels, galerie du Cirque, Paris, FRANCE                                          
  •           Angels Ultra Violet, Gallery Hans Kostenberger, Obdach, AUSTRIA
  • 1997 Recent Works, Gallery Sabine Watchers, Knokke-le-Zoute, BELGIUM
  • 1996 Ultra Violet’s Boutique, Delaware Art Center, Newark, DE 
  • 1995 Ultra Violet Expos, Galerie Z’Editions, Nice, FRANCE 
  •           Apocalyptic Angels, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA      
  • 1989 XIVth International Festival of Poetry, Poluphonics, Spoken Review Poems and Paintings Centre Pompdou, Paris, FRANCE                                                                                                    

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2013 "(con)TEXT," Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, NH
  • 2012 “Fifteen Minutes: Homage To Andy Warhol,” June Kelly Gallery, New York City
  •           Wassaic Project Summer Festival, “Clean Up,” New Hotel, curated by Anne Huntington, Wassaic, NY 
  •           Art South Hampton, Denise Bibro Fine Art Gallery, Southampton, NY 
  •           “Screw You,” Susan Inglett Gallery, New York City        
  • 2011 Houston Art Fair, Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, TX   
  •           Loft in the Red Zone, Historic House of J.P. Morgan, New York City
  •           Dallas Art Fair, Deborah Colton Gallery, Dallas, TX 
  •           Monaco Art, Mironova Gallery, Larvotto, MONACO
  •           Art Palm Beach, Galustyan Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
  •           NADA Art Fair, The Hole Gallery, Justin Luke Gallery, Miami, FL
  • 2010 Art Basel, Paris Galerie Heart, Basel, SWITZERLAND
  •           Factory, Who? Flux Factory performance, New York City
  •           Art Chicago, The International Fair of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
  • 2009 Home Sweet Home Religare Arts, I Gallery New Delhi, New Delhi, INDIA 
  •           Elle Le Monde, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FRANCE 
  • 2008 Warhol Live, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, CANADA
  • 2007 Bridge Art Fair, Kasia Kay Art Projects, Miami, FL
  •           Warhol Superstars Paris, L’Univerre Gallery, Paris, FRANCE
  •           Andy Warhol’s Factory People, a film by Emmy award winner and Oscar-nominated Catherine O’Sullivan Shorr, Grand Rex Cinema: #5,         
  •           Paris, FRANCE
  •           The New Yorker Passport to the Arts benefit for Friends of the High Line, Stux Gallery & Xchange New York, New York City 
  •           Warhol: Factory Now, Kasia Kay Art Projects Gallery, Chicago, IL 
  • 2006 Mickey Dans Touse Ses Etats Artcurial, Paris, FRANCE
  •           Word, Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, TX
  • 2005 New Cartoon, Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, TX
  • 2004 Ex-Photos Hommage au World Center, Galerie Ferrero, Nice, FRANCE
  • 2003 1968: You Say You Want A Revolution, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
  •           Fluxus Gallery Soardi, Nice, FRANCE 
  • 2002 Out of the Shadow Artist of the Warhol Circle Then and Now, University Gallery, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
  •           L’Art Et L’Euro Espace Ecureuil Liberte, Toulon, FRANCE
  • 2001 La Bastille Du Roy Antibes, FRANCE
  •           Artists of the Warhol Circle, Gallery 911, Philadelphia, PA
  •           Paper Invitational IV, Woodward Gallery, New York City 
  •           Artists of the Warhol Circle, Washington Country Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD 
  • 2000 Self-Portrait Musee de prehistore regionale, Menton, FRANCE 
  • 1999 Masters of the Contemporary Portrait, Palais Carnoles, Menton, FRANCE
  •           International Women Artists Exhibition 1999: Her Presence in Colours IV, Chumbot, Pantip Foundations, Suan Pakkad Hotel
  •           Bangkok, THAILAND 
  • 1997 Some Sculptures, Gallery Marion Meyer, Paris, FRANCE
  •           Commemorative Exhibition Max’s Kansas City Gallery, New York City
  • 1995 Chocolate, Swiss Institute, New York City
  • 1990 Plastic Work Barcelona International Art Fair, Barcelona, SPAIN                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Museum Exhibitions

  • 2006 Installation: Flowers on the Wall, Henry Art Gallery, Art Museum of the University Of Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • 2005 Visions of the Sly, Long Island Museum of Science and Technology, Garden City, NY
  •           Reminiscences of Dali: A Conversation with Friends of the Artist - Interactive Ultra Violet slides, Philadelphia Museum of Art 
  •           Philadelphia, PA     
  • 2004 Imagine: Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece performed by Ultra Violet, Chelsea Art Museum, New York City  
  •           Is Christ Politically, Prophetically Correct?, Washington County Museum and Jersey City Visual University Arts Building Gallery 
  •           Hagerstown, MD and Jersey City, NJ                                                                                                                                              

Published Writings

Famous for 15 Minutes
Publisher: Harcourt; 1st edition (October 1988)

  • “Life at the original factory—from 1963 to 1967—as frenzied, grubby, druggy, Byzantine—and absolutely riveting.”
— Grace Glueck, The New York Times Book Review


  • Blackout (1994) .... Arlette
  • An Unmarried Woman (1978) directed by Paul Mazursky.... Lady MacBeth
  • Curse of the Headless Horseman (1974) .... Contessa Isabel du Fren
  • Bad Charleston Charlie (1973)
  • The Last Supper (1972) .... Writer/Director (statement)
  • Savages (1972) directed by James Ivory.... Iliona, a Decadent
  • Believe in Me (1971) .... Patient
  • The Telephone Book (1971) .... Whip Woman
  • Simon, King of the Witches (1971) .... Sarah
  • Taking Off (1971) directed by Milos Forman .... SPFC Member
  • Maid Stone (1970) directed by Norman Mailer .... herself
  • Dinah East (1970) directed by Gene Nash.... Daniela
  • Brand X (1970) directed by Why Chamberlain .... Singer
  • The Phynx (1970) .... Felice
  • Cleopatra (1970) directed by Michel Auder
  • Midnight Cowboy (1969) directed by John Schlesinger.... The Party
  • The Secret Life of Hernando Cortez (1969) directed by John Chamberlain.... Daughter of Montezuma
  • I, a Man (1967) directed by Andy Warhol
  • The Life of Juanita Castro (1965) directed by Andy Warhol

Selected Collections

  • Enrico Navarra Private collection, 1999
  • Este Ceramiche e Porcellane - Este-Padova, Italy 1992
  • Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art (MoCCA) - New York City, NY 2005
  • Pierre Cardin, 1998
  • Whitney Museum of American Art / Beth Rudin DeWoody 2009
  • Knocke Museum - Belgium 2009
  • Centre Georges Pompidou - Paris 2009
  • Marlborough Galerie - Monaco 2010

Gallery Representation 

  • Dillon Gallery, New York City
  • Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London
  • Galerie Heart, Paris 

Selected Reviews, Articles and Catalogs

  •  2012 “Screw You,” The New York Times, July 6th                          
  •            “Andy Warhol’s Birthday: Ultra Violet Carrying On His Mission…Factory Superstar Ultra Violet on Warhol,” The Huffington Post,
  •            August 6th       
  •            “UR1 Festival Brings Giant Laser Beam to Downtown Miami During Art Basel,” Miami New Times, October 25th
  •            “Andy Warhol’s ‘Superstar Ultra Violet is Popping Into Town,” The Indianapolis Star, April 18th
  •            “Talk of Our Town: She Sat on Pop Art’s Front Row,” The Indianapolis Star, April 21st
  •            “Ultra Violet Interview,” Revolt Magazine, March/April
  •            “Enrique Sabater: Merci, monsieur Dali,” La Fugaro, February 13th
  •            “Remember the Alamo, Remember pearl Harbor, Remember 9/11,” 15 Minutes, Winter
  • 2011  “Ultra Violet: Still a Superstar at 76,” Pop Candy, September 9th
  •            “Ten Years Later”, AC Arts + Culture, September
  •            "Memorial IX XI hits Q", The Queens Courier, September 13th
  •            “New Jersey City University gallery opens ‘Afterward & Foreword,’ a show of artworks inspired by 9/11 attacks; artists include Yoko
  •            Ono and Ultra Violet,” NJ.com, September 13th  
  •            “15 Minutes: Homage to Andy Warhol,” Russell Trunk’s Exclusive, October
  •            “Ultra Violet: Ultra Creative” Pop Culture Classics, October 10th
  •            “Ultra Violet on Fame, the Factory, & Leaving Dali for Warhol,” Black Book, October 12th
  • 2010  “Ultra Violet: No Regrets”, Miami Herald, December 10th                                                   
  •            “Studio Visit with Ultra Violet Over the Rooftops of Manhattan,” The Iconist, February    
  •            “Purple Reign: Artist Warhol cohort towers over Carnegie Hall,” The New York Post, March 4th
  •            “Ultra Violet Let There Be Light,” Scope: Basel International, June 13th Winter                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  • 2009  “Chambres d’artites Hotel Windsor,” Nice Matin, August
  •            “Heart Galerie Paris,” Feminin Pluriel, October
  •            “Ultra Violet illumine par Warhol,” Le Monde, February
  • 2008  “Factory Revised”, i-D Magazine #286, April
  • 2007  “Ultra Viole a Jeji Symboly,” XANTYPA, January
  •            “Culture of Compassion,” ICC Heart’s Home, September
  • 2006  “Ultra Violet”, City Mag/ Modern Weekly, April
  •            “Who Can Forget Ultra Violet?” by Michael C. Cone, Artnet.com, April
  •            “Surreal Life”, Art News, June
  •            “Ultra Violet: Stefan Stux Gallery Review by Grace Glueck”, The New York Times, February 17th
  •            CTV1 Art TV – Artist of the Warhol Circle
  • 2005  “Ultra Violet and the Light”, Arts Houston, March
  •            “Reminiscences of Dali: with Amanda Lear and Ultra Violet”, The Dali Renaissance, April
  •            “Violet Femmes,” Vogue Australia, August
  • 2004  “Shock Art,” Current, February 26th
  •            “Revelations from Cloud-Gaz in Jersey City”, The Gothic Times, March 16th
  •            “1968,” Boston Globe, August
  •            “Angels in the Sky,” The Herald Mail, August 29th
  • 2003  “Placid Flashbacks,” The New York Times, January 14th
  •            “En tete a tete avec les anges”, Maison Francaise, April
  •            “Feminist Movement,” Columbia Spectator, September 12th
  • 2002  “Public Eye,” Time Out New York, July 18th-25th
  •            “Ultra Violet on Art, Artists, and Andy,” NY Arts Magazine, September
  • 2001  “Factory Girl,” W, June