Biopic About Velvet Underground’s Nico In the Works

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Nico, one of the Velvet Underground’s singers and a muse of Andy Warhol, will be receiving a biopic ahead of any other members of the band, including Lou Reed, Variety reports. The singer will be played by Danish actress Trine Dyrholm, who won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin International Film Festival for her role in The Commune.

Susanna Nicchiarelli, the Italian director known for her first film, Cosmonauta, will direct and write the screenplay, titled Nico, 1988.

The focus of the movie will be on the artist’s post-fame, pre-death heroin years, when Nico is 48 and trying to recover from addiction while embarking on a new solo tour.

“The entire film is constructed following the inspiration of Nico’s music: her performances and the lyrics of her songs,” said Nicchiarelli in a statement. “It will tell us more than any other dialogue or situation in the film.”

Shooting begins November 7 in Italy.

The Atlas Sound, Ryan McGinley, and the Bands That Inspire Artists

Musicians and visual artists often have a symbiotic relationship, inspiring one another and collaborating on work. Recently, all-grown-up boy genius photographer Ryan McGinley opened a show at New York’s Team Gallery with a party featuring the musical stylings of Atlas Sound, a project from Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox. In addition to having the band play the opening, McGinley filmed the ordeal and today you can watch the video, thanks to Pitchfork.

Despite his inventive nature (and beloved tactic of taking photos of nude young folks cavorting), McGinley wasn’t the first person to marry music and art. Remember The Velvet Underground? Practically Andy Warhol’s house band, the Lou Reed-fronted group, which wrote plenty of songs about Warhol and his posse, let the Pop Art mastermind produce their records and even design the famous banana album cover.

No less than the Radiant Child himself, Jean-Michel Basquiat didn’t just enjoy music—logging countless hours at the famous Mudd Club while bands like DNA and James White and the Blacks provided the soundtrack—he made it as well. Basquiat played in the avant-garde noise group Gray (originally called Test Pattern), that might not be as recognizable as his visual work but is worth soaking up nonetheless.

California-based artist Raymond Pettibon shot to collectible fame as the guy who helped define the look of SoCal punk, most notably designing the logo, album covers and flyers for Black Flag, the band his own brother, Greg Ginn, played guitar for.

Multimedia artist Wynne Greenwood might be known for her work in the Whitney Biennial and her general art star persona, but before any of that was going on, Greenwood played in a variety of Pacific Northwest punk bands including Mimi America and Tracy & The Plastics, the electro-video project that eventually catapulted her into the art world.