Andy Warhol

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MIT Press, 2001 - Art - 133 pages

A critical primer on the work of Andy Warhol.

Andy Warhol (1928-1987), one of the most celebrated artists of the last third of the twentieth century, owes his unique place in the history of visual culture not to the mastery of a single medium but to the exercise of multiple media and roles. A legendary art world figure, he worked as an artist, filmmaker, photographer, collector, author, and designer. Beginning in the 1950s as a commercial artist, he went on to produce work for exhibition in galleries and museums. The range of his efforts soon expanded to the making of films, photography, video, and books. Warhol first came to public notice in the 1960s through works that drew on advertising, brand names, and newspaper stories and headlines. Many of his best-known images, both single and in series, were produced within the context of pop art. Warhol was a major figure in the bridging of the gap between high and low art, and his mode of production in the famous studio known as "The Factory" involved the recognition of art making as one form of enterprise among others. The radical nature of that enterprise has ensured the iconic status of his art and person. Andy Warhol contains illustrated essays by Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Thomas Crow, Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss, Annette Michelson, and Nan Rosenthal, plus a previously unpublished interview with Warhol by Buchloh. The essays address Warhol's relation to and effect on mass culture and the recurrence of disaster and death in his art.


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Annette Michelson (1922-2018) was Professor Emeritus in the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University. A founding editor of the journal October, she wrote on art and cinema for more than five decades. Some of Michelson's essays on film were recently published in On the Eve of the Future: Selected Writings on Film (MIT Press).

Annette Michelson was born Annette Michelsohn in Manhattan, New York on November 7, 1922. She received a bachelor's degree in 1945 from Brooklyn College. She pursued graduate studies in art history and philosophy at Columbia University and the University of Paris. While in France she wrote and edited for several publications and translated the essays of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. She returned to New York in 1966. In 1967, she helped start a program in cinema history and criticism at New York University's Graduate School of the Arts and Science. She taught there for decades. In 1966, she became an associate editor of Artforum and wrote for and helped plan numerous issues over the next 10 years. In 1976, she and Rosalind E. Krauss founded the arts journal October. Michelson edited several books including Andy Warhol and October: The First Decade. She also played a woman undergoing psychoanalysis in Yvonne Rainer's Journeys From Berlin/1971. She died on September 17, 2018 at the age of 95.

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