Andy Warhol

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Viking, 2001 - Art - 224 pages
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"The sixties were the "sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll" era, and Andy Warhol was its cultural icon. Painter, filmmaker, photographer, philosopher, Warhol was both celebrity and celebrant, the man who put the "Pop" in art. His studio, the Factory, where his free-spirited cast of "superstars mingled with the rich and famous, was ground zero for the explosions that rocked American cultural life. And yet for all his fame, Warhol was an enigma: a participant in the excesses of his time who remained a faithful churchgoer, a nearly inarticulate man who was also a great aphorist ("In the future, everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes"), an artist whose body of work sizzles with sexuality but whose own body was a source of shame and self-hatred." "In his account of Warhol's life and work, scholar and culture critic Wayne Koestenbaum gets past the contradictions and reveals the man beneath the blond wig and dark glasses. Nimbly weaving brilliant and witty analysis into an absorbing narrative, Koestenbaum approaches Warhol as a serious artist, one whose importance goes beyond the sixties. Focusing on Warhol's provocative, powerful films (many of which have been out of circulation since their initial release), Koestenbaum shows that Warhol's oeuvre, in its variety of forms (films, silkscreens, books, "happenings"), maintains a striking consistency of theme: Warhol discovered in classic American images (Brillo boxes, Campbell soup cans, Marilyn's face) a secret history, an erotics of time and space."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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User Review  - Angie - Goodreads

Not a whole lot I didn't know about one of my favorite artists, but always nice to meet another fan. Read full review

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User Review  - Kathryn - Goodreads

If you want a straight ahead biography of Warhol, then this probably isn't the best bet, but if you are looking for insight into Warhol as both a person and a personality (and some really great, almost poetic writing) then definitely check this out. Read full review

Contents

Meet Andy Paperbag
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Traumas
17
Pussy Heaven
33
Copyright

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About the author (2001)

He is professor of English at the Graduate Center of the city University of New York & lives in New York City.

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