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1. The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
2. Andy Warhol, Prince of Pop
3. Andy Warhol's Colors
4. Pop: The Genius of Andy Warhol
5. The Andy Warhol Diaries
6. The Autobiography and Sex Life
7. Andy Warhol (Getting to Know the
8. Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue
9. Andy Warhol: The Last Decade
10. I Sold Andy Warhol (Too Soon)
11. Andy Warhol 365 Takes: The Andy
12. Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonn?,
13. Andy Warhol (Icons of America)
14. I Bought Andy Warhol
15. Andy Warhol: Giant Size
16. Cats, Cats, Cats
17. Andy Warhol Portraits
18. The Andy Warhol Diaries
19. Andy Warhol, 1928-1987: Commerce
20. Andy Warhol: Paintings For Children

1. The Philosophy of Andy Warhol : (From A to B and Back Again)
by Andy Warhol
Paperback: 276 Pages (1977-04-06)
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Asin: 0156717204
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Warhol talks: about love, sex, beauty, fame, work, money, success; about New York and Americanca; and about himself. "A constant entertainment and enlightenment." -Truman Capote.
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5-0 out of 5 stars How He Thought
Great book especially I am a fan. I get to see his line of thinking. And I get his philosophy. Fun light read that is very entertaining.

5-0 out of 5 stars :>
This is an awesome book it's funny and Andy is God or at least my God and this is my bible :D

4-0 out of 5 stars Read It When Things Suck
I only wish I'd had a copy of this book when I was dealing with rage in the workplace.Life can be tough and complicated.Somehow I think Andy Warhol was more than visionary when he saw such levels of stress entering into the American life.The modern age is complex with more than just issues of making money and survival - we are still struggling with the right use of our technology and STUFF.Andy, had he lived longer, would have been able to provide some insights and solutions towards the stupid things people do when it comes to cell-phones, text-messaging and "tracking" emails.He would have flipped for reality TV, and by now would have a show of his own.It would have been inevitable.Such a loss!

One thing I appreciated here was his advise to never complain or create problems when in the midst of other people's dramas... Learn how to use the drama of your own silence constructively!And then?After the drama has died down -? BLAME SOMEONE.

So far his philosophy is working like a charm!I LOVE IT!

2-0 out of 5 stars The Ragady Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to Z and Back Again
Upon receiving this book ,which I gave as a gift to my sister, I was very disappointed. The book was listed as if it were in decent shape with a few minor imperfections. On the contrary, the book was in pitiful shape. Luckily, it was not the only thing I was giving to my sister. I don't feel like I over paid by too much, but I was expecting a good deal. What I got was less than a fair deal.

4-0 out of 5 stars If you love Andy, you'll love his philosophy
This book was very funny and a great insight on how Andy's mind works.
Some of his philosophy is so far from the norm that when you think about it it actually might work. Its a quick read, seemingly a lot of it is actual transcribed conversations, so some things get a bit monotonous like an hour long conversation with B about what she cleaned all day. (I think the idea is that B is high and rambling, but its pretty funny when you think about it). I laughed out loud through most of the book, I highly recommend it if you're an Andy fan. ... Read more

2. Andy Warhol, Prince of Pop
by Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jordan
Mass Market Paperback: 224 Pages (2007-12-11)
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Asin: 0385732759
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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“IN THE FUTURE EVERYBODY will be world famous for 15 minutes.”

The Campbell’s Soup Cans. The Marilyns. The Electric Chairs. The Flowers. The work created by Andy Warhol elevated everyday images to art, ensuring Warhol a fame that has far outlasted the 15 minutes he predicted for everyone else. His very name is synonymous with the 1960s American art movement known as Pop.

But Warhol’s oeuvre was the sum of many parts. He not only produced iconic art that blended high and popular culture; he also made controversial films, starring his entourage of the beautiful and outrageous; he launched Interview, a slick magazine that continues to sell today; and he reveled in leading the vanguard of New York’s hipster lifestyle. The Factory, Warhol’s studio and den of social happenings, was the place to be.

Who would have predicted that this eccentric boy, the Pittsburgh-bred son of Eastern European immigrants, would catapult himself into media superstardom? Warhol’s rise, from poverty to wealth, from obscurity to status as a Pop icon, is an absorbing tale—one in which the American dream of fame and fortune is played out in all of its success and its excess. No artist of the late 20th century took the pulse of his time—and ours—better than Andy Warhol.

Praise for Vincent van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist:

“This outstanding, well-researched biography is fascinating reading.”—School Library Journal, Starred

“Readers will see not just the man but also the paintings anew.”—The Bulletin, Starred

“An exceptional biography that reveals the humanity behind the myth.”—Booklist, Starred

A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book

An ALA Notable Book

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5-0 out of 5 stars Pop iconography
This is a quick and enlightening biography of America's greatest pop artist, Andy Warhol. The book outlines his life, his art, and how Andy Warhol became an American icon. It not only provides a short life-sketch (his mother was his greatest encouragement), but also describes how Warhol became inseparable from American Pop Art (his application of art into media, extending the boundaries of art), his contribution to American culture (advertising, design, books, films, TV production and fashion), and his rise as an American icon (everybody wanted to be in Andy Warhol's company).

The book also contains a Warhol timeline, a list of Warhol's films and books, a glossary of art terms, notes on quotes and references, and sources of research material on Warhol, making it an interesting mini-compendium on the artist. Both art lovers and laymen will find this book enlightening.

4-0 out of 5 stars As readable as they get
An exceptionally well-organized biography. At 138 pages, generally not that detailed but overall thorough in what it does present. I learned more about Andy's youth here than I had elsewhere. Having taken a long time to appreciate how much my parents did for me, I was pleased to see just how much Andrey and Julia (and his brothers) sacrificed for Andy.

If Andy was famous for being non-judgmental at the Factory, perhaps we can see the seeds of that in how accepting Andrej, Julia and his brothers were of unusual Andy. The distance from the seemingly ordinary Andrej and Julia to their extraordinary son seemed not that great.

Although the Velvet Underground merited a few pages, I was disappointed that Lou Reed seemed to only be covered by one sentence. But that's a small nit compared to how well Andy is presented. For the most part Andy's inner world is not revealed, but it seems no one has done that (not even Andy). As much as is written about Andy, a fascinating mystery remains and it is a big mystery. Perhaps I haven't learned from Andy how to acceptsurfaces. What I appreciate about this biography is that it blocks out his life so well.

The selection of his art in the middle of this book seems a good one. As an introduction to his art and to his life, this book seems a winner. The book closes with a good summary of important dates about Andy from 1926 to 2003, a list of selected films, a list of his books (which shoudln't be underestimated, for example"Popism" and "The Philosophy of Andy Warhol"), a glossary, notes, and an index. A lot of care has gone into constructing this biography.

After reading this biography, a good next step would be "365 Takes" from the Andy Warhol Museum. Warhol was an exceptional genius, which people are still coming to realize. We're fortunate in getting to know him better to have high quality help like this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Prince of Pop Prints!
Greeneberg and Jordan are well-known for their lively biographies of artists. Prince of Pop is no exception. The cover prints of Warhol in full wig mania are sitmulating and invite the reader in. It is highly accessible and easy to read but not dumbed down. Their presentation takes the reader through a well-researched, chronological examination of his life in a balanced and honest way. There is much explanation of his inspiration and actual work process to interest the young artist. For non-artists there is a useful glossary of people and terms in the back. The authors also do a good job of explaining his personal dilemma between choosing a lucrative commercial art career and becoming a "great" artist. One of the best moments in the book shows how an art consultant gave him the Campbell soup can idea. Further insight into his unusual philosophies of art and life is revealed through the many quotes by Warhol, his critics, family and friends heading each chapter. Although geared for teens, the book does not avoid discussion of his decadent, wild social life nor his homosexuality. This is handled in a sensitive, but matter-of-fact way. It's just included as part of the wider context of his work in art, films and celebrity manufacturing. A really hip, fun biography!

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended reading
While Andy Warhol: Prince Of Pop was co-authored by Jan Greeneberg and Sandra Jordan with teens in mind, it will also hold a dual interest for adult readers seeking a particularly lively, well detailed introduction to the life and works of ground breaking and innovative American artist Andy Warhol. There are selections of representative art but the strength of Andy Warhol: Prince Of Pop lies in its survey of his controversies, his New York hipster lifestyle, his influences, and his trend-setting achievements. Highly recommended reading, Andy Warhol: Prince Of Pop is so much more accessible than similar treatises which assume prior familiarity with Warhol's art.

5-0 out of 5 stars Engaging biography of an influential artist
It's not every day that one reads a biography so insightful and compelling that one wants to go learn more about the subject. I first encountered ANDY WARHOL: PRINCE OF POP as an excerpt in RUSH HOUR: Volume Two - Bad Boys. The excerpt, covering the central controversial period of Warhol's celebrity in the 1960s, excited me so much that I knew I had to read more.

The rest of the biography does not disappoint. Organized in a linear narrative, the book covers Warhol's life, from his early childhood as the sickly child of Eastern European immigrants to his death at the age of 58 of complications after routine surgery. It organizes each period into thematic chapters filled with interesting anecdotes, pithy Warhol aphorisms, and memories from people who were there at the time.

Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan's extensive knowledge of the subject and in-depth research into Warhol's life make this book a treasure. It includes a timeline, a glossary of unfamiliar art terms, an extensive bibliography of sources, and is heavily illustrated with some of Warhol's most famous works. While intended as a biography for young adults, this book makes Warhol's life, work, and the art of his age accessible in a way that will appeal to readers of all ages.

One of the strongest aspects of the book is the authors' understanding and clear explanations of many of the art movements of the twentieth century. Also invaluable is the authors' illumination of the many processes Warhol used to produce his art, including painting, silk-screening, and experimental film.

It is difficult for biographers to avoid the trap of finding greatness in the origins of their subjects. This book contains many stories about the Warhol being drawn to art at an early age. However, the authors' careful plotting of the transformation of a shy and painfully awkward boy into the international celebrity also suggests that one of Andy's greatest creations was his own image as an artist.

ANDY WARHOL: PRINCE OF POP does not shy away from the racy subject matter of Warhol's experimental films or the raucous entourage he incorporated into his work in the 1960s. It also deals extensively, though not explicitly, with Warhol's homosexuality.

The work of Andy Warhol is so influential that even readers who do not know anything about him will probably recognize his famous paintings of Campbell soup cans, or his celebrity portraits silk-screened onto brightly colored backgrounds. Greenberg and Jordan's book is engaging and thought-provoking. It will undoubtedly set the standard for young adult biographies for years to come.

--- Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood
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3. Andy Warhol's Colors
by Susan Goldman Rubin
Board book: 26 Pages (2007-05-17)
list price: US$6.99 -- used & new: US$3.06
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Asin: 0811857212
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Learning about colors has never been so hip! In Andy Warhol's imagination, horses are purple and golden monkeys wear pink baubles on their tails. Through Andy Warhol's Colors, children will learn their colors as they discover that in modern art, anything is possible. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Teaches Creativity
This is a small board book.I used it to show my students that anything can be any color and to stimulate their curiosity.It is also a good lead in to the study of Andy Warhol. A good buy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Andy Warhol's colors
got this book for my 1 year old's birthday gift and he loves it!! colorful animals grab children's attention. I'm also a big Andy Warhol fan :)

4-0 out of 5 stars Just ok
I am a huge Andy Warhol fan, so I purchased this book for my 1 year old daughter, who loves books.The colors are fun, and the words are ok, but some of the pictures are a little hard for a young child to discern what they are supposed to be, and some of the colors are a little muted for someone who is just learning their colors.I would recommend "Pop Warhol's Top" instead of this one, if you're looking for a children's book with illustrations by your favorite artists.

4-0 out of 5 stars good for the older kids
this is a great book for pictures and such, more geared toward a middle to high school level

3-0 out of 5 stars Cute but...
I was somewhat dissapointed by this book. Sure - the illustrations are hip and fun but there should a lot more to a children's book that a rip-off illustrations from a famous artist and a couple of words spread out throughout the pages. The book should be measured by its total impact and not just by the color and sturdiness of its pages. To sum it up: the book seemed 'undercooked' to me - there are better children's 'art' book on the market. ... Read more

4. Pop: The Genius of Andy Warhol
by Tony Scherman, David Dalton
Hardcover: 528 Pages (2009-11-01)
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Asin: 006621243X
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A major reassessment of the most influential and controversial American artist of the second half of the twentieth century

To his critics, he was the cynical magus of a movement that debased high art and reduced it to a commodity. To his admirers, he was the most important artist since Picasso. Indisputably, Andy Warhol redefined what art could be. As the quintessential Pop artist, he razed the barrier between high and low culture, taking as his subject matter comic books, tabloids, Hollywood publicity photos, and supermarket products. Through his films and the exotic milieu of the Factory, he exhibited an unprecedented talent for publicity and outrage, revealing an underworld of speed freaks, transvestites, and glittering, doomed superstars. Beneath the deceptively simple surface of his silk screens, the old hierarchies of art collapsed. Warhol's x-ray vision exposed the garish, vulgar, and irrepressible new world of 1960s America.

Focusing on that influential decade, Pop disentangles the myths of Warhol--fraught with contradictions--from the man he truly was, and offers a vivid, entertaining, and provocative look at the legendary artist's personal and artistic evolution during his most productive and innovative years. A detailed, insightful chronicle of his rise, as well as a critical examination of Warhol's most important works, this ground-breaking book sheds light on a man who remains an icon of the twentieth century. Drawing on brand-new sources--including extensive original interviews and insight from those who knew him best--Pop offers the most dynamic, comprehensive portrait ever written of the man who changed the way we see the world.

Art from Pop: The Genius of Andy Warhol
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Andy Warhol, Gold Marilyn, 1962. Silkscreen ink on synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 83 1⁄4" × 57". Gift of Philip Johnson. Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2009 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/ARS, New York. Digital image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, New York. Andy Warhol, Silver Liz, 1963. Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas, 40" × 40 1⁄2". Collection of the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. © 2009 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/ARS, New York. Photo credit: The Andy Warhol Foundation, Inc./Art Resource, New York. Andy Warhol, “Flowers,” 1964. Screenprint printed on white paper. 23" × 23". © 2009 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo credit: The Andy Warhol Foundation, Inc./Art Resource, New York. Bob Dylan’s screen test. © Billy Name/Ovoworks. Andy in front of Serendipity, 1961. Photo by John Ardoin. Courtesy of Serendipity 3.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Pop: The Genius of Andy Warhol
His name is Andrew Warhola, but he is famously known the world over as Andy Warhol. He is a "pop" artist from the 1960s who confounded the world with his fine creations because he looked at the sublime in all things common. You either like him or you don't. There's no ambivalent middle ground with someone like Warhol. His admirers consider him the most important artist since Picasso. But to his critics, he is the cynical magus of a movement that debased high art by reducing it into commodity. However you see him, Andy Warhol's controversial life, and art, is here to stay.

In //Pop: The Genius of Andy Warhol//, Tony Scherman and David Dalton gives you a major reassessment of Warhol's life, work and influence. This book "disentangles" the myths of the man as an artist--fraught with contradictions--from the man he truly was, and offers a vivid, entertaining, and provocative look at his personal and artistic evolution. This is a detailed, insightful chronicle of his rise, as well as a critical examination of his most important works. Drawing on fresh sources, including extensive interviews and insights with those who knew him best, //Pop// offers the most dynamic, comprehensive study of an artist who, in one way or the other, made us see the world differently.

Reviewed by Dominique James

2-0 out of 5 stars Tony Scherman "POP"Valerie's gun

"If in Act I you have a pistol hanging on the wall, then it must fire in the last act."

The authors write, "When she left the Chelsea, Solanas had asked Mrs. Wilson if she could keep her laundry at her apartment.`She showed up with a bulky-looking flowered cloth bag and put it under the bed.One morning Valerie arrived at my mother's door, 208 West 23rd Street,' said Wilson, `saying she had come for her laundry'" (Page 421). No one ever said "bulky-looking," that is an editor making an event explicit but truly false.This passage sounds like a rewrite by someone who uses another journalist's notes, without getting confirmation from people who were interviewed. The point of the anecdote has been blunted by not understanding the deception about a gun.Valerie Solanas often visited May Wilson, and as often asked to 'borrow' $5 or $10.She asked to keep her laundry under the bed, but she arrived with non-bulky flower-print cloth bag which she said was her laundry, and shoved it under the bed.The bag contained no laundry, but one pistol. To get laughs, May Wilson would pull the bag out, then press the cloth to outline the gun - in a studio-apartment where children often played (see "twin baby daughters," page 134).She would say, "This is Valerie's laundry!"Thus a "feminist," Valerie, deceived a friendly older woman who even fed her. On June 3,1968, Valerie retrieved her gun. While exploitation of a generous woman is added to attempted murders, add "exploitation" to this book.If a book is untrustworthy on one page, then...

5-0 out of 5 stars Portrait of A Fabulous American Hero
With Pop Art entering its dotage, here come the book that delivers its fascinating youth and adolescence. Authors Scherman and Dalton, who clearly have earned themselves a Pulitzer if there is any justice in this world, form a genius tag team. Dalton, the insider, the eye witness, delivers the juicy gossip. Scherman, the talented journalist, delivers one of the great portraits of the American art world. The book focuses on the 1960s, the decade when the Pop artists of New York City completed the work of the Abstract Expressionists in the previous decade and knocked Europe off its pedestal to claim the center of the art universe.

Of course, at its center is the Dada of it all, Mr. Andy Warhola. We get a brief background of Andy's sickly childhood in Pittsburgh, where he escaped from a world of crowded immigrant flats and skin ailments by immersing himself in his mother's Hollywood fanzines. We follow him in his late teens to Carnegie Tech where he is both thought a fraud and a genius. There Andy discovers his penchant for shock with paintings that explore nose-picking and cross-dressing.

After graduation, Andy moves to New York and his fierce climb to the top begins. Warhol's ambition is shameless. He courts critics, dealers, Jasper Johns and anyone else that can move his career forward in the slightest. But he has the talent to match. His early work has him painting blow-ups of comic strips at least a year before the emergence of Roy Lichtenstein. Warhol, in the eyes of the authors, succeeds not because he hitches his wagon to the Pop tidal wave as much as he is the historical and personal embodiment of its ethos. The real achievement of this book, however, is that by the end the high priest of camp emerges as a hero as worthy as anything the Greeks had in their art.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pop
This is a very informative and well-researched book with a lot of interesting and verified takes on a very complex Guy we will never really know.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book on Pop Art and Andy Warhol I've read!
This book is fabulous.It's the first book that really answered for me the question "What is Pop Art?"I had often inquired of others and researched Pop Art, but was often confused, until reading this book.The detail and evolution of Andy Warhol's life and art is vividly depicted.He's a fascinating character -- an extremely ambitious, hard-working man, masked beneath a nonchalant and detached outward persona.

Andy often contradicted himself:describing Pop Art as only depicting "the boringness of life" and elsewhere declaring Pop Art "as portraying the beauty of the ordinary".But Warhol's genius emerged early on when he was merely illustrating shoe ads for I. Miller Shoes.His unusual flair was apparent and some artists actually collected these images to study.

If you appreciate Pop Art and the era, and Andy Warhol -- get this book.Kudos to the authors -- you did a great job! ... Read more

5. The Andy Warhol Diaries
by Pat Hackett
 Hardcover: Pages (1991-05-04)
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Asin: 0517069164
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Now in trade paperback, the sensational national bestseller that turns the spotlight on one of the most influential and controversial figures of our time. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Take
Awesome take on the last years of Andy... I heart it! Like you were in the genius's presence and in stream of thought... just like everybody else, I would have enjoyed the company of this great man and this book is just perfect as it gives me an insider's look at Andy's life...

1-0 out of 5 stars Overated, Boring, and Self Indulgent
This book is entirely overated. Warhol's prose is horrible considering the creative mind he posseses. I bought it used (thank God) and was bored to tears reading about taxi rides and what so-and-so was wearing. It was like reading a dreadfully boring gay man's blog. A bio on this character would be much more enlightening and a much less waste of time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wore out my original copy
Bought this book years ago in hardcover. Since I'm an Andy Warhol freak, I have worn the book out reading it so many times.Shipping was very fair and it got here quick so I was very grateful.

Since I lived very close to NYC at the times this book was written, I remember most of the people he writes about as well as the places and yes, met him several times.My mother called him a freak, she did not understand his very simple outlook on life. His observations of life and people are very keen.

If you like his art, reading from his view will give you a new look!

4-0 out of 5 stars warhol diaries
Upon receiving this book, I am amazed at how warhol chronicled his life. many run ins with celebrities and the fact that he kept a record of all his small finances were surprising.

Very interesting read and very informative of the life and times of the 1960's

thank you warhol for all the great art.

3-0 out of 5 stars Feels like a brick!!!
That's an interesting book because it offers you a real close idea about who Andy Warhol was and how he went about his daily routine. You gotta have patience because it can get boring at times. Too much unnecessary information ( like how much he paid for the taxi on his way home ) some would say, but then again, if you are a fan of Warhol and his way of thinking, many parts of the book will just make you laugh!It's 800 pages long! ... Read more

6. The Autobiography and Sex Life of Andy Warhol
by John Wilcock
Hardcover: 256 Pages (2010-03-31)
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Asin: 0970612613
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Village Voice and Interview cofounder John Wilcock was first drawn into the milieu of Andy Warhol through filmmaker Jonas Mekas, assisting on some of Warhol's early films, hanging out at his parties and quickly becoming a regular at the Factory. "About six months after I started hanging out at the old, silvery Factory on West 47th Street," he recalls, "[Gerard] Malanga came up to me and asked, 'When are you going to write something about us?'" Already fascinated by Warhol's persona, Wilcock went to work, interviewing the artist's closest associates, supporters and superstars. Among these were Malanga, Naomi Levine, Taylor Mead and Ultra Violet, all of whom had been in the earliest films; scriptwriter Ronnie Tavel, and photographer Gretchen Berg; art dealers Sam Green, Ivan Karp, Eleanor Ward and Leo Castelli, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Henry Geldzahler; the poets Charles Henri Ford and Taylor Mead, and the artist Marisol; and the musicians Lou Reed and Nico. Paul Morrissey supplied the title: The Autobiography and Sex Life of Andy Warhol is the first oral biography of the artist. First published in 1971, and pitched against the colorful backdrop of the 1960s, it assembles a prismatic portrait of one of modern art's least knowable artists during the early years of his fame. The Autobiography and Sex Life is likely the most revealing portrait of Warhol, being composite instead of singular; each of its interviewees offers a piece of the puzzle that was Andy Warhol. This new edition corrects the many errors of the first, and is beautifully designed in a bright, Warholian palette with numerous illustrations.The British-born writer John Wilcock cofounded The Village Voice in 1955, and went on to edit seminal publications such as The East Village Other, Los Angeles Free Press, Other Scenes and (in 1970) Interview, with Andy Warhol. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book on the Famed Pop Artist
This is a superbly designed, well written book on Warhol, by someone who was on the scene at the time, and who knew Andy, Gerard, and the rest of the gang very well. The book was formally launched at a party at the Gershwin Hotel on August 6, 2010, hosted by Bob Heide and John Gilman, both also part of the Warhol constellation in their own way, and brings back to life a time in New York City when life was easy, space was cheap to rent, everything seemed open to everyone, and the city was bursting with painting, music, film and the joy of living. Along with David Bourdon's book on Warhol, this is the one to buy. Nice to see it back in print in a much improved, better designed edition. Buy it in hardback; this one's a keeper. Highly recommended. ... Read more

7. Andy Warhol (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)
by Mike Venezia
Paperback: 32 Pages (1997-03)
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Asin: 0516260758
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Young readers will obtain a light-hearted yet realistic overview of the celebrated artist''s life and work, enhanced by Venezia''s illustrations and story line.' ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Biography and Retrospective for Preschoolers and Elementary Grade Children
Mike Venezia's series "GETTING TO KNOW THE WORLD'S GREATEST ARTISTS" is a reliable and consistent series of art history books for elementary grade children. Venezia's books may be read aloud to preschool aged children or younger elementary grade children or children in grades two, three or four may be able to handle reading them to themselves, the large font helps with that although some words are higher level vocabulary. The illustrations in the book are photographic reproductions of Warhol and his artwork and some other Pop Art works, as well as some silly cartoons illustrated by Venezia which add a little humor to the book.

Venezia always scrubs the artist's lives of anything controversial to provide age-appropriate basic information about the artist and his art and a little of the art movement the artist was a part of. Each of his books follows the same formula. Venezia has a talent for giving just enough information about an art movement and the artist's life and no more. He makes the subject interesting to kids who may not think they want to know about the life of an artist. Venezia's books are not boring nor are they too long or too detailed, they are 'just right'. I recommend all of Mike Venezia's books as they are all consistently written and produced.

This book starts off with some popular works of Andy Warhol and talks a bit about the Pop Art movement. Then the book backtracks to Warhol's childhood with some detailed information that young children can easily identify with and relate to. Included with the basic biographical information is Warhol's interest in art at a young age and information about his primary and secondary education, segueing into how his art changed over time and at what point he became a self-employed professional artist.

Also referred to briefly are other artists of the time that were part of the Pop Art movement, with photographs of their work, to compare and contrast Warhol's work with. This book has many reproductions of Warhol's art from his childhood through the end of his life and talks about the different mediums he used besides painting also.

The book follows Warhol through his life from childhood to his death. As I said earlier Venezia has cleaned up the information presented to be age appropriate for elementary grade children. As an example, young children are often sensitive or scared about death and may worry about or be scared of doctor visits. Venezia mentions the date that Warhol passed away but no other details about his death (leaving out that he died after a common gall bladder surgery which other biographies for middle schooler students do mention). Another example is that the attempt made on his life and being shot with a gun but recovering from that is not mentioned (something else mentioned in middle grade biographies about Warhol). I commend Mike Venezia for realizing what children may be sensitive about and leaving out those details.

The inclusion of information about the artist as a child and the early interest in art and how Warhol's schooling did or did not support his artistic pursuit will be good for children who themselves love to make art to hear about.

This book is thorough enough to be the ONE and ONLY book used to educate PRESCHOOL and ELEMENTARY grade children about Andy Warhol's life and artworks. To supplement a lesson about Andy Warhol, I suggest the educator show children larger sized reproduced works from books published for adults (like coffee table type books). If possible, to visit an art museum to see Andy Warhol's works in real life as their bright colors and larger size truly make a larger impact on even young children who seem very interested in Andy Warhol's fun and interesting artwork. Art museums often offer age-appropriate educational programs led by museum docents for even young children for school or homeschool groups if you inquire.

I highly recommend all of Mike Venezia's books in the "GETTING TO KNOW THE WORLD'S GREATEST ARTISTS" for use with preschool and elementary grade children. I've been reading his books to my homeschooled children for years. Of course these books are perfect for school teachers to use and for parents to use at home to supplement their children's school education too.

4-0 out of 5 stars Turning Kids Onto Art
My 9 year old grandson's fave artist is Andy W. and so it seemed natural to give to him.It is colorful, not a terribly big book and maybe a tad young for a 9 yr. old, but he still seemed to like it.Since he actually was Andy Warhol for Halloween last year, I try to buy him anything and everything Warhol I can find so if your child likes Warhol, this is something you should consider.

5-0 out of 5 stars Andy and all that "POP ART"
This is a significant book! I recommend it highly.It is especially helpful when wanting to teach young children about POP ART that existed in the early and late 70's.Andy Warhol is an inspiration because he is the first person be begin depicting "everyday life" into his works of art.He modeled the "Campbell's Soup Cans" and the "Marilyn Monroe" icons in order to make a strong point.He believed that much like we consumed mass produced products such as soups we were also "mass consuming" pop icons such a Marily Monroe.He brought out his ideas through many works of art.This is a great way to show young children about POP ART and about Andy Warhol's great accomplishments.Another pop artist that could be correlated with Warhol is Lichtenstein he also depicted "mass consumerism" but with comic books and neat techniques to acquire his pieces of art.GREAT STUFF!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is required for art teachers!!!
This is a must have book for art teachers if your teaching
kids about POP art or Andy Warhol himself.If your an art
teacher and you have the 'getting to know the worlds greatest
artists' series and you don't have the Andy Warhol book than
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8. Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné 1962-1987
by Arthur Danto, Donna De Salvo, Andy Warhol
Hardcover: 400 Pages (2003-04-02)
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In the forty years since he first appeared on the New York art scene, Andy Warhol has become synonymous with Pop Art--and with the wry definition of fame as something that never lasts more than 15 minutes. But Warhol spent his career working so prodigiously as to assure long lasting renown. In the printmaking field alone, his output was prolific, and his appropriation of silkscreen as a fine art medium forever altered the way prints look.
This thoroughly revised and expanded fourth edition of Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné: 1962-1987 traces Warhol's complete graphic oeuvre from his first unique works on paper in 1962 through his final published portfolio in 1987. More than 1,700 works are illustrated, an increase of 500 from the previous edition of the catalogue raisonné, and complete documentation is provided for each. New additions include a section focusing on Warhol's popular portraits, with documentation of prints that were related to paintings commissioned during the 1970s and 1980s and a new supplement featuring prints and illustrated books from the 1950s, including the beloved 25 Cats Named Sam and One Blue Pussy. There is also an eight-page essay by Donna De Salvo addressing Warhol's self-published books and portfolios from the same era. An extensive chronology of printmaking activity, a complete exhibition history, a selected bibliography, and a greatly expanded appendix to published prints, complete the book. Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné: 1962-1987, in its fourth edition, will continue to be the critical reference tool for scholars, collectors, auction houses, libraries, curators, and art dealers.
Warhol had the tremendous gift of understanding which were the defining myths of a generation. . . . [His] political gift was his ability to make objective as art the defining images of the American consciousness--the images that expressed our desires, our fears, and what we. . .trusted and mistrusted. --Arthur C. Danto

Fourth Edition Revised and Expanded by Frayda Feldman and Claudia Defendi.
Edited by Frayda Feldman, Claudia Defendi and Jörg Schellmann.
Essays by Arthur C. Danto and Donna De Salvo.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Andy Warhol Pop Art
As the Owner and Manager of Pop and Contemporary Fine Art in Singapore I can heartily recommend this book to any serious collector or fan.As a catalogue raisonne it is obviously full of details and pictures of Andy Warhol's work. This book also includes his biography which is written in a manner that is rich and inviting.Andy Warhol is considered one of the forefathers of the Pop Art Movement alongside Keith Haring and Roy Lichtenstein.It is interesting to see how his influence is carried on today through great artists such as Burton Morris.Pop!

4-0 out of 5 stars A must-have for any Warhol fan.
Provides a visual history of Warhol's entire catalog, including Artist Proofs and other little-known printings.I originally bought this because I had recently purchased one of Warhol's prints and thought it would be cool to learn more about the history of it.After I received it though, I found myself poring through it time and again, reliving the genius of warhol over and over.

This documents practically every known work of Warhol's, from his early days sketching shoes to his later, more famous works of celebrities in the 80s.Some people will assuredly buy it for it's coffee table bling, but if you do so, please do yourself a favor and read through it ad really enjoy the works of one of the world's most prolific and revolutionary artists.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent Buyers guide
With a lot of so-called bargains on ebay, this really helps to verify if it is an athentic Warhol print. Good are the infos on Warhol's "after" prints like Sunday B. Morning.

3-0 out of 5 stars only for true lovers
This is more of an encyclopedic collection.Get it only if you are a student (or more than just a fan).To be sure, there are many, many beautiful images (as was much of Warhol's work esp in the 80s) but most of the images are 2-inch or 4-inch squares.This is not a coffeetable book designed for delightful perusing and seeing large images.

5-0 out of 5 stars ANDY WARHOL PRINTS: A CATALOGUE RAISONNE' 1962-1987

9. Andy Warhol: The Last Decade
by Joseph D., II Ketner
Hardcover: 223 Pages (2009-09)
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In the lastdecade beforehis death in 1987, Warhol continued to produce mesmerizing works at an astounding pace. Influenced by the most prominent artists of the 1980s,including Basquiat, Haring, Schnabel, and Clemente, Warhol experimented with a combination of painting and screen printing to develop an extraordinary vocabulary of images that traversed a variety of genres. The result is a remarkable output, collected here in this companion to a touring exhibition organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum. This catalogue delves into the range of works Warhol was creating during his last years, including abstract paintings, collaborations, and his final self-portraits. Essays by Keith Hartley and Gregory Volk and contributions by Bruno Bischofberger, Keith Haring, andJulian Schnabel round out this compelling look at an artist whose most fecund work may have been produced in his last years. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Warhol: first and foremost a painter.
It has become fashionable to reassess the late phases of great artists (Picasso in june 2009 in an exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery in NYC, Renoir in Paris in late 2009, are just two recent examples). This book, the catalogue for the current exhibition held at the Milwaukee Art Museum, which will later travel to Fort Worth, Brooklyn and Baltimore, follows this trend, with beautiful and often large-scale illustrations of the various series Warhol painted between 1977 and 1987: the so-called "Oxydation" paintings (made by urinating on the surface of the painting), the "Shadows" series, the "Retrospective" series (grouping several pop images from the early sixties on one single work), the Reversal series (negatives ofpolaroid shots), the lesser-known but highly innovative "Yarn" and "Rorschach" series, the Camouflage series and the Last Supper series (in which the artist revisits the history of painting by alluding to Leonardo's famous fresco in Milan). Also studied are Warhol's various collaborations with contemporaries such as Basquiat or Francesco Clemente, and his famous haunting late self-portraits (the so-called "fright-wig self-portraits").

The accompanying essays are quite interesting insofar as they shed new light on a huge and rather unknown body of works that show the artist flirting for the first time with abstraction (as in the Camouflage paintings and the Shadow paintings, studied here by Julian Schnabel in the reprint of a 1989 essay that stresses Warhol's painterly accomplishment as opposed to his fame as an image maker). There is also an exciting account of the making of the "Collaboration" series, seen from the point of view of an art dealer, by Bruno Bischofberger (the Swiss dealer who initiated Warhol's collaborations with Basquiat and Clemente).

Apart from the high quality of the illustrations, the main asset of this book is that it succeeds in reappraising Warhol's importance as a painter, and not only as an image maker or a manipulator of ideas. A hundred years from now, maybe it will be what Andy Warhol will be remembered for and this is why this book breaks new ground and should figure in any good contemporary arts library.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Revelation
This is a wonderful book showing the artwork Andy Warhol produced in his last 10 years before his untimely death. Since most of his classic, 1960's pop art is so familiar seeing this less publicized artwork is very refreshing. Warhol created an incredible number of new series of works in these last 10 years. It's also interesting to see Warhol integrate a bigger use of hand painting and abstraction with mechanical reproduction. He also collaborated with the prominent artists of the 1980's like Haring and Basquiat to create fun mashups. And it's always interesting to see Warhol's self portraits and how they evolved in his later years. The book is well printed with excellent production values and highly recommended for long-time Andy Warhol fans. ... Read more

10. I Sold Andy Warhol (Too Soon)
by Richard Polsky
Hardcover: 288 Pages (2009-09-15)
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In early 2005, Richard Polsky decided to put his much-loved, hard-won Warhol Fright Wig, up for auction at Christie's. The market for contemporary art was robust and he was hoping to turn a profit. His instinct seemed to be on target: his picture sold for $375,000. But if only Polsky had waited . . . Over the next two years, prices soared to unimaginable heights with multimillion-dollar deals that became the norm and not the exception. Buyers and sellers were baffled, art dealers were bypassed for auction houses, and benchmark prices proved that trees really do grow to the sky. Had the market lost all reason?
In I Sold Andy Warhol (Too Soon), Polsky leads the way through this explosive, short-lived period when the "art world" became the "art market." He delves into the behind-the-scenes politics of auctions, the shift in power away from galleries, and the search for affordable art in a rich man's playing field. Unlike most in the art world, Polsky is not afraid to tell it like it is as he negotiates deals for clients in New York, London, and San Francisco and seeks out a replacement for his lost Fright Wig in a market that has galloped beyond his means. A compelling backdoor tell-all about the strange and fickle world of art collecting, I Sold Andy Warhol (Too Soon) takes an unvarnished look at how the industry shifted from art appreciation to monetary appreciation.Amazon.com Review
A Q&A with Richard Polsky

Question: In 1987, you set aside $100,000 to buy an Andy Warhol painting. Your 2003 memoir I Bought Andy Warhol chronicled your search to acquire that painting, which ended in the purchase of a "Fright Wig." I Sold Andy Warhol (Too Soon) is the story of what happened when you sold your beloved Warhol.Why did you sell?Was it worth it?

Richard Polsky: As you know, I Sold Andy Warhol (Too Soon) is about selling my hard-won Andy Warhol “Fright Wig” painting, which was a direct result of being under financial pressure from my former wife.As she put it, "Would you rather look at me or your painting?" The question of whether it was worth it is far more complex. From the standpoint of personal self-esteem, absolutely not. I felt like I had let myself down and in an odd way had let Warhol himself down. Financially, though, it was the right thing to do. I sold at what I thought was an opportune time and got what seemed like a strong price. I had paid $47,500 and sold it for $375,000. The irony to the situation, and hence the title to the book, was if I had only waited two years I might have gotten as much as $2 million.

Question: You take the art world to task in your new book, calling the business of buying and selling art "high school with money." What do you mean by this and where do you fit in?

Richard Polsky: Referring to the art world as "high school with money" may have been too generous. At times, it feels more like “grade school with money.” What I mean by this is that there is an inordinate amount of juvenile behavior in my industry. Because anyone can become an art dealer, since there are no qualifying exams to take, the business attracts plenty of people that are under qualified. Often, they are misfit children of the rich, or worse yet, children of art dealers. They lack a background in art history and the history of art dealing, as well. This may sound self-serving, but I happen to be one of the few exceptions, in that I don’t come from a privileged upbringing and I’ve worked hard to become knowledgeable in both the art itself and the history of the art business.

Question: You write lovingly of your "Fright Wig," calling it "more than just an investment; it was part of my soul." As a dealer, how do you balance your appreciation of art for art’s sake with the business of selling art?

Richard Polsky: A dealer’s biggest quandary is balancing his love of art with the reality of having to make a living (that is to say those few souls who actually need to earn money). In my case, I used to collect the artists I dealt and at one time owned a major Joseph Cornell "Aviary" (bird box), a John Chamberlain crushed auto-metal sculpture from the 1960s, and an Andy Warhol portrait of Chairman Mao. It was a mixed blessing, but the art appreciated and I decided it was prudent to cash out--and greatly missed the art. Having learned my lesson, I now only collect work by artists who I don’t deal in. Most of what I own are paintings by friends--emerging and mid-career talent. Since the work has negligible resale value, I can enjoy it and don’t feel compelled to rush out and sell it.

Question: There is the public perception that the art world is elitist and therefore inaccessible to the average American, and yet it’s getting its own reality show thanks to Sarah Jessica Parker.How would you wish to see both public perception change and the industry itself change?

Richard Polsky: It’s not so much that the art market needs to change. Serious art by its very nature can’t be for everyone in much the same way serious literature, wine, food, dance, and music can’t be. Enjoying art requires that the viewer educate himself. It’s kind of like learning about wine--you have to drink a lot. Art is the same way--you have to look a lot. That means going to museums, galleries, and reading art books. I just don’t think most people are curious enough to do that. I would like to see the industry itself change. Ideally, I would love for art dealers to have to become certified and pass a serious exam, much like an attorney passing the bar or a physician taking the medical boards. If that happened, I think it would expand the art market by giving a wider swath of potential collectors greater confidence in it.

Question: What interests you today, as a collector and as a dealer?

Richard Polsky: My personal interests as a collector includes collecting fossils, minerals, and natural history specimens. I’m also interested in the work of the woodcut artist Gustave Baumann. Briefly, he worked in Santa Fe during the twenties and thirties and produced the most extraordinary woodcut prints imaginable. His subject matter varied from the Southwest landscape, especially the Grand Canyon, to American Indian iconography, often abandoned pueblos--Baumann’s work breathed nature and was filled with soul. My interest as a dealer remains the Pop artists. They come from an authentic place in the art world--the days where it was still about making art rather than building careers. There’s also something about how they drew inspiration from popular culture that still rings true.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Look At The Art World
In i sold Andy Warhol. (too soon), Richard Polsky takes the reader on a tour of high priced art and the dealer world ofartists, buyers, sellers, galleries, auction houses, and of course, the deal.Polsky is well suited to this task as he has been involved in most of these roles.As a former galley owner and collector, he purchased art and sold it.He is intimately familiar with the big auction houses and the inside manuverings that characterize the transfer of great art from one collector to another.

The book is loosely organized around Polsky's quest to find an Andy Warhol painting for one of his clients.They work the network, approaching known Warhol collectors, quizzing galleries, and attending auctions.All of this brings angst to Polsky.He had had a Warhol and sold it years ago, before the meteoric rise of art prices.Seeing what a Warhol brought at today's prices (a million or more) made his selling that much more painful.

I found the discussion about how the art world is changing quite interesting.Polsky sees a decline in galleries and more and more attention shifting to the big auctions.He redefines himself in this world, changing his role to an art purchasing advisor rather than a gallery owner, and believes this is where many who want to stay in this world will end up as a career choice.I also found the world of the super-rich and their concerns interesting.

This book is recommended for anyone interested in art, how artists work, and especially the finance of great art.

4-0 out of 5 stars As the Art-World Turns...
I'm admittedly ignorant when it comes to the art world.While I enjoy looking at art, I haven't the least clue as to what makes one painting more valuable than another.Surprisingly, this ignorance didn't keep me from enjoying this hysterical art world expose.

Polsky relates the tempestuous, oft-times greedy, heady business of high-end art collection. From the artists themselves to the dealers to the famous auction houses, Polsky chronicles the premature sale of his beloved Andy Warhol painting at auction (he needed the money to fund his wife's obscene shopping habit).

One forgives the occasional over-the-top, Chandler-esque metaphor ("....festered like a piece of rotting fruit") because Polsky is just so damned entertainingly informative. The art world reads like a soap opera run amok. Ever wonder how a piece of art comes to sell for millions and millions of dollars? What makes it "worth" that amount? Polsky explains it all and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

4-0 out of 5 stars I Sold Warhol
Terrific follow up to 'I Bought Andy Warhol.' Sad sack art dealer Richard Polsky proves the ineptitude of the so-called secondary market dealer. Hilarious. Well written. A real page turner.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well worth considering for art fans critical of the direction of the modern world of art
Art has become a multimillion dollar business. "I Sold Andy Warhol (Too Soon)" is one man's reflections on the world of art and how it has quickly departed from admiring artistic expression to being all about the art on green paper we call money. Jaded, surprised, and disappointed, Richard Polsky tells what can be a sad tale of the commercialization of human creativity. "I Sold Andy Warhol:(Too Soon)" is a fine and recommended read that is well worth considering for art fans critical of the direction of the modern world of art.

3-0 out of 5 stars An interesting read for anyone who is interested in art
This is a chatty, informative and even, at times, humorous look at the comings and goings in the world of selling and buying fine art.The author had one of the Andy Warhol "Fright Wig" paintings and he sold it at an auction for a price that completely satisfied him.Of course, in two years the painting was sold again for triple the price.Now it is worth in the millions.Hence the book's title.

If you are not much interested in art I don't think you would enjoy this book.I liked it myself, but I teach Art History.Students often are amazed at the price of fine art and this books gives some very good background. ... Read more

11. Andy Warhol 365 Takes: The Andy Warhol Museum Collection
by Staff of Andy Warhol Museum
Hardcover: 744 Pages (2004-05-12)
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Andy Warhol was one of the most compelling figures of the 20th-century art world whose body of work transformed the landscape of contemporary art. He was also a notorious collector who saved practically everything that came his way. In 1994, seven years after the artist's death, The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh became the repository not only for a substantial body of his artwork and films, but also for the Time Capsules into which he obsessively deposited a lifetime's worth of ephemera and personal memorabilia.

For this book-created in the same format as Abrams' best-selling Earth From Above: 365 Days-the museum has gatheredhighlights of its collection. Illustrated with almost 400 objects, from paintings to party invitations, the volume also features lively commentaries by the museum's staff as well as quotes from Warhol's own irreverent writings. Timed to coincide with the celebration of the museum's 10-year anniversary, this book will serve as both an introduction to and a handbook for the most extensive collection anywhere of this iconic artist's work.Amazon.com Review
If you're a fan, your bookshelf is crying out for Andy Warhol: 365 Takes. And if you're not, this artfully designed volume may very well turn you into one. Read it straight through or dip in anywhere. Either way, you get an illustrated tour of Warhol's friends, lovers, personal history and obsessions (shoes, religion, jewels, mortality), as well as his art. Organized in a vaguely thematic way that blithely ignores chronology, this compact volume serves up a four-decade feast of creativity in bite-size nuggets: a very Warholian approach. Facing pages juxtapose a Warhol image with a well-chosen morsel of text. Drawn from diverse sources, including The Andy Warhol Diaries, the texts illuminate the images with useful tidbits of insider information. Reproductions of Warhol's work reveal his extraordinary range and inventiveness, from the delicate, lyrical drawing for a jazz record cover from the 1950s to rueful self-portrait photos in drag from the early 1980s. Of course, much of the famous work is here as well—the Death and Disaster Series, the Brillo boxes, the Three Marilyns, the celebrity portraits of the 1070s, the collaborations with the Velvet Underground. One of the most intriguing aspects of the book is the way it uses Warhol's vast personal collection of ephemera to show how a newspaper headline, shop window or movie star magazine could inform the look of his art. This great compendium of Warholiana is marred only by the occasionally smug, fanzine tone of remarks by The Andy Warhol Museum staff. There’s no need to overstate the case for Warhol; his outsized reputation is secure. --Cathy Curtis ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Pleasently Surprised!
I had ordered this book back in Decemper of 2009 as a christmas gift. it arrived in time, yet terribly damaged. i sent it back and was refunded my money. i was very disappointed to have given it up because it was such a great book! full of pictures, text and personal stories of Warhol. i decided to re-order the gift for the persons birthday and found a copy that was a decent price so i ordered it. my order was cancelled twice because of wrong pricing and bad conditions of the book. after that i was kind of discouraged to actually get the book. but i knew it was a GREAT pulication so i just had to try again! i finally found a great condition copy at an amazing price! it was sent to me in very little time and in perfect condidtion! i was sad to have given this book away as a gift because its such a gem! however, i know the recipient was very greatful and she LOVES it! a definate must have if you are a Warhol fan!

5-0 out of 5 stars The best book by anyone about anything ever...
"Andy Warhol 365 Takes" sure lays to rest the notion that Warhol was just the guy who painted soup cans and Brillo boxes. Warhol did almost everything--you might even say that artists since his death are following up on the avenues that Warhol originally opened in what has since become the new artistic landscape. I mean, Warhol even painted with his own wee-wee. I'll bet a lot of people don't know that--and a lot more people dont care, but still, it bears consideration when evaluating Warhol's creative boundaries...which are vast, seemingly nonexistent, like interstellar space.

This book, "Andy Warhol 365 Takes" is one of those weird rectangular format hardcover art books, 6x11, maybe, I dont know, my finger isnt calibrated like a ruler and my arm isnt long enough to reach the kitchen drawer where I keep my ruler. Its a fun sized book, though, and on each page there is some piece of Warholia--a print, a drawing, a photo, a film still, a reproduction of a scrap book page, etc.--and on the facing page a short, usually no more than two paragraphs, bit of text giving some pertinent background of the illustrated piece. So this book ends up being part art retrospective, part critical review, part biography of Warhol--a must, therefore, for every Warhol admirer, assembled as it is by some folks associated with the Warhol museum, which is unfortunately located in Pittsburgh.

Andy Warhol says stuff like, "Isnt life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?"

This is one of the many things he said that illustrate what a clever and deft mind he had behind that bleached-out mask of fey vacuity.

Even if you don't like Warhol...well, if you don't like him I guess you won't like this book, unless you don't really know the incredible variety of his work, and then you might find you do like him, after all. (Of course, you might find that you hate him even more than ever). The fact is, like him or not, to a large degree, you're living in a Warhol world. So much of the ubiquitous design of everyday life--especially the media with which we're bombarded with virtually every waking moment of our lives--has been influenced by Warhol. You might be surprised to discover to what extent this is true.

Warhol was a prophet, too. What, after all, is the internet if not in part a manifestation of his most (in)famous prophecy about the fifteen minutes of fame
everyone can expect to have in the future. Youtube is a Warholian dream come true. The blogosphere, of which this blog that you are presently reading is a part, is the same Warholian dream come true (btw, I use the word "dream" to include the notion of "nightmare.")

I cant tell sometimes whether this book elates me or deflates me. So much of what I thought I would like to do has already been done by Warhol. So much of what there is left for anyone to do would only be a variation of what Warhol did. This is ironic inasmuch as "all" Warhol ever did was copy things.

Another thing that may surprise those who havent already been surprised by this is that Warhol's work is full of art-historical references--its not just a lot of arbitrary chicanery and flim-flam. Even Warhol's cozying up to the rich and powerful has its precedents when artists sought the patronage of kings and popes, who commisioned artists to paint their portraits and design their tombs and palazzos. Dali understood this as well, throwing off the "romantic" notion of the misunderstood, alienated, starving artist. So did Picasso.

Warhol wanted to be Picasso--that is, the artist everyone thinks of when you say the word "artist" even if you don't know anything about art. The way even an illiterate knows that Shakespeare is a great writer and Einstein is the archetype for genius that you use when you want to let someone know what a moron you think they are, as in "Hey, that's it Einstein, step right in front my car, why don't you?" One of these days, I think that will indeed be the case. I think Warhol will eclipse all artists of the last century and join Leonardo as the artist that people think of when people say "artist." God forbid, but probably in a hundred years or so some boob will make a billion dollars with some dreadful book called "The Warhol Code." Well, that's at least one good reason to die, in any event.

"In the sixties," Warhol says, "average types started having sex-identity problems, and some people saw a lot of their own questions about themselves being acted out by drag queens. So then, nautrally, people seemed to sort of want them around--almost as if it made them feel better because then they say to themselves, 'I may not know exactly what I am, but at least I know I'm not a drag queen."

I gave this a lot of thought, wondering if that is what ought to give me some hope about finding a place in the world. Maybe I'm like a temple prostitute in the old days of the goddess Cybele, whose male devotees castrated themselves and donned women's clothing. I live in a liminal space that "normal" people are afraid to inhabit themselves...they need scapegoats like me to inhabit that space for them.

Well, my idea of a review is to natter on about this and that until I've pretty much run out of stuff to say and when I start talking about how I'm like a castrated temple prostitute whose life is devoted to the ancient goddess Cybele, I know that I've pretty much run out of stuff to say...well, at least about "Andy Warhol 365 Takes." Its a great book. I'm not lending my copy to anyone so don't even ask.

4-0 out of 5 stars Better than a Visit to the Museum?
No, not a substitute for a visit to the museum, but a great review of that experience. Highly recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars It shipped fast and was sealed
The package came faster then I thought especially right before christmas. Also it came sealed which was great.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
My girlfiend really loves the book. It seems to be an interesting book of writings, facts, and art. ... Read more

12. Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonn?, Volume 3: Paintings and Sculptures 1970-1974 (Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonne)
by Neil Printz
Hardcover: 544 Pages (2010-07-28)
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"This third volume of the catalogue dedicated to publishing the complete paintings, sculptures and drawings of Andy Warhol (1928-87) focuses on the years 1970 to 1974. With the authoritative writing and fascinating attention to detail of the first two volumes, Warhol's works of these four years are comprehensively catalogued and illustrated, with the exception of the drawings to be included in a subsequent volume.

At the time this volume begins Warhol had been working at his second factory, his studio at 33 Union Square West, since 1968 and his painting activity had not resumed since his recovery from having been shot that same year. He did not have a painting studio at this building until late 1971 or early 1972 and was instead concentrating on film and sculpture, including the ""Rain Machine"", as discussed in Chapter One. It was the acquiring of his first Big Shot polaroid camera that shifted his momentum back to painting again and he began to photograph his sitters, taking 25-100 shots, to capture a personality before beginning a painting.

Portraits of key figures of the time demonstrate his development of his new painterly style, mature by late 1972. The ""Mao Series"" was the first painting series since 1968, consisting of at least 199 paintings made between March 1972 and August 1973. His Mao paintings premiered in a grand exhibition in Paris in early 1974, and his portrait subjects included many of the most socially prominent and fashionable members of Parisian society, such as Yves Saint Laurent, Helene Rochas, and Sylvie de Waldner, as well as members of the international art world such as David Hockney, the dealer Alexandre Iolas, Henry Geldzahler. His painting style at this time was summed up by Warhol himself as 'sloppy and fast', painting wet-on-wet paint on top of the photographic image and screen prints, sometimes with fingers rather than brush. His style would change again in 1974 but in this volume we see several series and numerous commissioned portraits with this painterly style. He worked on series alongside commissions, and that of the Dada and Surrealist artist Man Ray, the subject of Chapter 5, was a series of some sixty works that developed from a commissioned portrait.

Including transcriptions, the diaries Warhol kept in 1972 and 1973, and the Polaroids he took on his travels through Europe and of his subjects, this volume has a strong narrative that presents the artist at a time of great change in his work. The 1970s have been often neglected in studies of Warhol's career and this volume, highlighting his extraordinary engagement with the culture and society of the time, brings to deserved attention the work of the first four years of the decade." ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Inside view of Warhol
This is an amazing publication that describes the artwork of Warhol by all of the materials surrounding his work. One see's the chronology and material process as well as the pictorial results of this innovative artist. ... Read more

13. Andy Warhol (Icons of America)
by Arthur C. Danto
Paperback: 192 Pages (2010-09-28)
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In a work of great wisdom and insight, art critic and philosopher Arthur Danto delivers a compact, masterful tour of Andy Warhol’s personal, artistic, and philosophical transformations. Danto traces the evolution of the pop artist, including his early reception, relationships with artists such as Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, and the Factory phenomenon. He offers close readings of individual Warhol works, including their social context and philosophical dimensions, key differences with predecessors such as Marcel Duchamp, and parallels with successors like Jeff Koons. Danto brings to bear encyclopedic knowledge of Warhol’s time and shows us Warhol as an endlessly multidimensional figure—artist, political activist, filmmaker, writer, philosopher—who retains permanent residence in our national imagination.


Danto suggests that "what makes him an American icon is that his subject matter is always something that the ordinary American understands: everything, or nearly everything he made art out of came straight out of the daily lives of very ordinary Americans. . . . The tastes and values of ordinary persons all at once were inseparable from advanced art."

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5-0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking
I like the accessibility of Danto's book. Without losing his reader, Danto explains the art movements before and after Warhol, giving the reader the ability to focus on how Warhol became the icon he is today.The reader is not left behind in highbrow art definitions or in-depth analysis. You begin to think about what is art and how that definition changes as the culture changes.You can focus on the Marilyn paintings, the Brillo Boxes or the Campbell Soup Cans and begin to understand how Warhol changed how we understand what is art. The book even made me think about what Warhol might have done with the Internet.Danto's basic premise is refuted by Louis Menand in the Jan 11 2010 issue of The New Yorker. Read the book, read the article and then read Warhol's Diaries.A good book always makes you want more. Danto keeps the dialogue going on in your head long after you have finished the book.

4-0 out of 5 stars interesting and informative
I've been really interested in Warhol since seeing an exhibit of his material at the Milwaukee Art Museum and decided to read this book.I found it really interesting.Danto brings up the questions of what art is and who can make it repeatedly, giving one much to think about.He shows how in a time when art was divorced from the experience of everyday Americans, Warhol and the other pop artists made art that featured images that everyone recognized, but in new ways.As an introduction to the life and work of Andy Warhol, I thought this was a good read.

3-0 out of 5 stars What Happened to Danto?
What has happened to Arthur C. Danto?Once Danto was amongst the greatest living aestheticians, as well as an eminent art critic for "The Nation".One could always assume that his writings would be interesting and often provocative.After this volume one can not rely on the assumption.

The book is part of a series of short books from the Yale University Press, aimed at exploring American culture by exploring the lives of particular individuals.Danto quickly claims that this is not a biography of Warhol but rather a "study of what makes Warhol so fascinating as an artist from a philosophical point of view."However he then chronicles Warhol's life with generous references to other Warhol biographers.Along the way he asserts that Warhol forced philosophers to redefine art, but goes on to say that he will not discuss this since he has written elsewhere of it.

There is no doubt that Andy Warhol was an important cultural icon, perhaps as much from self-marketing as from the content and form of his work.Danto identified the importance of his work at an early time.He asked and asks a useful question.Why is a Brillo box created in a factory and displayed in a supermarket not art, while a Brillo box created in an atelier and displayed in a gallery is art?The clear inference, made express elsewhere in Danto's writings, is that intentionality is somehow essential to art.Danto asserts that this was one of Warhol's breakthroughs, and unconvincingly dismisses DuChamp's ready-mades as not really making the point.

The fact of the matter is that this is old ground for Danto, having been expressed more clearly and with greater detail in earlier works.I suppose that for generations that never heard of Warhol and that may be interested into a quick peek into his life and work, without too much effort (the essay is less than 150 pages of easily-grasped language and generously-sized type) the volume may be of interest.The few illustrations in the book are in black and white and of rather poor quality, but perhaps that is all that is necessary to illustrate Warhol's work.Perhaps his work is better to read about then to actually see.

Those who have believed that Danto was an important guide through the philosophy of art may begin to wonder if the guide will return to providing new insights.

3-0 out of 5 stars Philosophy of Arthur Danto
Like all philosophers' ponderings, this book is more about Arthur Danto than it is about Andy Warhol. ... Read more

14. I Bought Andy Warhol
by Richard Polsky
Paperback: 256 Pages (2005-01-10)
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In 1987, Richard Polsky put aside $100,000 to buy a Warhol painting, a dream that took twelve years to realize. In a book that spans the years from the wild speculation of the late 1980s to the recession of the 1990s, Polsky, himself a private dealer, takes his readers on a funny, fast-paced tour through an industry characterized by humor, hypocrisy, greed, and gossip.
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So what was it like to be an art dealer in the go-go ‘80s? California-based private dealer Richard Polsky drops some juicy anecdotes into an account of his quest to add a Warhol painting to his personal collection. The title of his book, I Bought Andy Warhol, is a wink-wink reference to a film about a disgruntled Factory member who shot the artist in 1968. Polsky’s attitude is wryly bemused as he recounts tales of practical jokes, petty grudges, peculiar dining experiences, and other indignities that befall a little guy in a world of sharks. The cast of characters includes heavyweight New York dealers Ivan Karp, Jim Corcoran, and Larry Gagosian as well as mid-range collectors and artists better known in California than in Manhattan. Warhol himself makes no personal appearances, though Polsky assiduously tracks fluctuations in the superstar’s market value. Along the way, there are useful nuggets ranging from questions a potential art buyer should ask a dealer to typical auction house pricing strategies. The author is a likeable character who demonstrates surprising candor about trying to make a living in the early ‘90s, when art prices plummeted. While some readers may be taken aback by Polsky’s relentless stress on the monetary worth of a work of art as opposed to its aesthetic value, his book is a gossipy account of running a unique kind of business, selling one-of-a-kind products in a highly volatile market. —Cathy Curtis ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It's great to see the other side of the art biz
Being an artist, I really got a charge out of seeing the buyers' side of the art world.

Andy Warhol is my favorite artist so, needless to say, the title caught my eye and I HAD to buy it. The book reminded me of little boys who buy and trade baseball cards. It's made the business side of the art world less threatening and more fun.

I found this book well written and a very enjoyable read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Art is crass commercialism, isn't it?
I've been on an Andy Warhol kick lately; I go through cyclical periods where I review his Diaries and read a book or two written about Warhol.This was my latest find and it was very enjoyable, with a novel premise: Polsky's story is about his pursuit of buying an Andy Warhol painting.Polsky recounts meeting Warhol briefly in 1986, shortly before Warhol's death, when he purchased a "minor" Warhol painting (one of the "$" paintings).With engaging prose, Polsky details the ups and downs of the art market in the 1990s.I have to admit that some of Polsky's anecdotes and comments about the art world's top dealers and celebrated artists were embarrassing.It somehow gets tied together nicely, though, as the ever elusive Warhol masterpiece darts in and out of Polsky's hands.

1-0 out of 5 stars Needs an Editor
Alhthough Polsky has some interesting insights on the art market, they are relatively few, and are separated by numerous pointless anecdotes and even more pointless details.For example, in describing a visit to a colleague staying at an upscale Manhattan hotel, Polsky writes that (in case he wanted to stay there in the future) he decided to ask a few questions of the concierge, "a moderately attractive young lady, who was wearing a very businesslike skirt, jacket, silk blouse, and matching bow." (p. 208).Why exactly does it matter that the concierge was "moderately attractive"?So we can gauge how excited Polksy was?So the reader can decide whether he or she would rather stay at a hotel where the concierges are more than "moderately" attractive?Notably, Polsky then does not even have any questions for the concierge -- so it appears that the whole event was not designed to give him an opportunity to find out if he'd want to stay there in the future (as he claims), but simply so he can decide how "attractive" the concierge is.The book abounds in such pointless detail.The author comes across as self-impressed to an extraordinary degree, and while his occasional insights on the art world are interesting, the reader must suffer through a remarkable amount of banal detail.Not recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful lnsight into the Art World
I'm not a huge fan of non-fiction because I find at times the text to be dry and boring but I was so pleasantly surprised when I read this book! As a student of art history, I knew very little about the actual dealings that go on behind closed doors in galleries and auction houses, so this book was a wonderful eye-opener. This is not just a book about Polsky's quest to purchase his own Warhol but it is about the crazy personalities and deals that go on in the art world.

This is a great book that gives a lot of information on Warhol himself and the kind of struggle one might face if thinking of buying a contemporary art piece. A must read for any art enthusiast!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Wildly Entertaining Peek Behind The Canvas
Don't worry if you're not an art aficionado. Regardless of whether there's a Warhol - or a crush-velvet Elvis - hanging behind your own couch, this book is a fantastic read. Richard Polsky has written a brutally honest and, at times, hilarious assessment of what goes on behind the scenes in the high-stakes, high drama ... Read more

15. Andy Warhol: Giant Size
by Editors of Phaidon Press, Dave Hickey
Hardcover: 624 Pages (2006-02-21)
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ANDY WARHOL "GIANT" SIZE is a spectacular visual biography of the life and career of Andy Warhol.Weighing in at 15 pounds, this enormous book is packed with 2,000 images and documents, many rare or previously unpublished.

Taking its inspiration from Warhol’s over-the-top nature, ANDY WARHOL "GIANT" SIZE depicts the major events, people, works and moments in the artist’s life told in chronological order by subject.As Warhol almost never threw anything away (from restaurant receipts to postcards), the featured material in the book has been painstakingly compiled.As the publisher of The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné, Phaidon was granted unprecedented access to an array of public and private image and memorabilia archives and collections, including the Andy Warhol Foundation in New York and the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh as well as the holdings of many Warhol collaborators, friends, and photographers of the period.

The large-format of ANDY WARHOL "GIANT" SIZE enables the reader to explore in detail hundreds of fascinating photographs, letters, personal correspondence, art works, film stills, tickets, receipts, celebrity head shots, notes, press clippings and ephemera all featured in this one of a kind publication. The book also features illuminating texts by insiders Bruno Bischofberger, Ronnie Cutrone, David Dalton, Kenneth Goldsmith, Ivan Karp and Peggy Phelan.

What is unique about ANDY WARHOL "GIANT" SIZE is that it provides fascinating insight into the public and private life of Warhol and in many cases also reveals the stories behind his art works.The book provides amazing comparisons between his work and his life that have never been demonstrated visually in such a way before.For example, it not only features Warhol’s famous "Mao" series, but also includes ephemera from a 1982 trip to China (his passport, boarding pass, a souvenir from his hotel, etc.) alongside a photo of Warhol standing in front of the Forbidden City in Beijing with an official Mao portrait in the background.

This important new publication includes a staggering quantity and array of colorful material including: Warhol’s birth certificate, citing Andrew ‘Warhola’ was born on 8/6/28 in Pittsburgh; childhood photographs of his family; the magazine tear sheet showing the first article he illustrated for Glamour when he arrived in New York in 1949;numerous photos of Warhol with his mother; artworks for gold shoes he created in the 1950s; a letter from the MOMA dated 1959 in which the Director of the Museum’s Collections rejects a work of art Warhol offered them as a gift; photographs of Warhol posing with Edie Sedgwick in a New York fashion shoot; personal letters from Mick Jagger and Liz Taylor; pictures of Warhol in the office working on Interview; pictures of Warhol private views; a series of shots of Warhol in drag; the program from his Memorial Mass on 4/1/87 and his gravestone.

ANDY WARHOL "GIANT" SIZE is the only publication available that features Warhol’s entire life, work and words in one book.The visual biography offers a behind-the-scenes look at the New York art scene of the 1950s to the 1980s, and provides a new perspective on an artist who continues to be endlessly fascinating to those inside and outside of the art world. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Ever About Warhol
Bigger is better -- especially when it comes to Warhol.If you've ever hesitated about buying this huge book, don't!It's the next best thing to owning an original piece by Warhol to have images so big and presented so artfully.I've been a fan of Warhol since 1971 and this book brings the whole pop art experience to life.Play the Velvet Underground & Nico album while you read this great book and it will all make sense.

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST WARHOL BOOK EVAH!!!
Seriously. I own just about every coffee table book there is about Warhol, the Factory, and his Superstars and none of them, and I mean NONE of them, compare to Giant Size.

Giant Size is a chronological visual biography that not only gives a greater insight to Warhol's life but also includes never before seen photos, correspondence, film stills, and artworks all in one GIANT SIZE close to 800 page book. You even get to see the actual source material for many of Warhol's famous screen print paintings, entire series of paintings hardly ever touched upon in other books (like his photo booth series) and a really comprehensive overview of his films.

Starting from his birth and ending at his death, you feel like a close personal friend flipping through an intimate photo album as you journey through Andy's wild, celebrity filled life.

This book is MUST HAVE for any Warhol fan.

If you only buy one book on Warhol, GIANT SIZE is it.

Also, try to suss this out at a book store. I found a brand new copy still sealed in plastic for less than 55 clams.

5-0 out of 5 stars And Warhol "Giant" Size
This is an amazing overview of Andy Warhol's life and art. He is such an icon of the 20th century. His art was so progessive and way ahead of it's time.

3-0 out of 5 stars contact from seller would have helped
Seller failed to contact me about product even though I requested it. I had a question about product.The condition should have been more accurately described.It was damaged but the extent of damage was not stated well, just general info.Seller needs to respond to request for contact.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great gift idea
Bought as a gift for a 21st birthday. Will be a memory that he can keep for a long time with a personal message on the inside front cover.

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16. Cats, Cats, Cats
by Andy Warhol
Hardcover: 72 Pages (1994-10-30)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Cute, cute, cute
A very clever book on cats!It was definitely written by someone that knows them well!

5-0 out of 5 stars absolutely darling
I found this book at a pop art display at a local museum and being that I adore cats, this made me appreciate them much more.The book includes beautiful cat illustrations along with quotes from Warhol.

5-0 out of 5 stars absolutely darling
A wonderful coffee table book.Beautiful illustrations and quotations from Andy Warhol.Saw this book at a pop art gallery and had to have it!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Having A "Catitude" Attitude
This book is a treasure for anyone who who knows and loves cats.Treat yourself to the upbeat feline philosophy that captures the inner joy awaiting to be born in everyone of us. ... Read more

17. Andy Warhol Portraits
by Tony Shafrazi, Carter Ratcliff, Robert Rosenblum
Paperback: 320 Pages (2009-03-07)
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This book grew out of an exhibition that was organized by the Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, in 2005. With the show, Shafrazi paid homage to a seminal display of Warhol's portraits that took place at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, in 1979-80. Titled "Andy Warhol: Portraits of the 1970s," the Whitney exhibition presented for the first time a large array of the commissioned portraits that the artist began in the early 1970s as a way to offset the cost of multiplying activities at the Factory. Shafrazi's exhibition included many of the portraits shown in the original Whitney exhibition as well as others. This volume takes Shafrazi's exhibition even further, nearly doubling the number of works shown.Art historians and critics have long neglected this body of Warhol's work, preferring to discuss and study the more iconic Lizzes and Marilyns or Campbell's Soup Cans of the 1960s. Many of the portraits in this book have rarely been seen before.For example, the book will include, in addition to the famous portraits of Jackie, Marlon Brando, or Dennis Hopper, images that Warhol made of actors Bill Murray and Meryl Streep, of fellow artists Donald Judd, Cy Twombly, and Joseph Kosuth, of royal family members such as Princess Diana and Princess Caroline, and of lesser-known socialites and art patrons. This book includes an essay by Robert Rosenblum, who also contributed to the Whitney's original exhibition catalogue, a text by renowned art historian and Warhol expert Carter Ratcliff, and an introduction by Tony Shafrazi. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Original Warhol
There are many Warhol imitations these days, lots of computer programs and filters to create a Warhol-like effect but seeing these original Warhols makes you appreciate his wonderful eye that made things Warholian. His composition, cropping, color sense all added to the effect of a true Warhol portrait. This is the element a Photoshop filter is missing...the Warhol eye. I especially enjoyed seeing the portraits of non-celebrities because Warhol was able to make everyone look sexy and cool.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and lovely
Everyone is familiar with Andy Warhol's famous portraits like the Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and the Mao. But fewer people know the many portraits he did of famous, glamourous, or simply wealthy patrons.

I have read the Andy Warhol Diaries, his Philosophy book and other Warhol related works, so it is now very interesting to see what his many portraits look like. They are each colorful, creative and interesting.

The book is a nice hard-bound large format coffee-table edition.

5-0 out of 5 stars full and detailed
This is an execellent recource for someone looking to see all of Warhol's ouvre - it includes practically all there is to see from his portraits. I loved it but I would only recommend it to someone with specific interest in the subject. Otherwise some other book featuring less but more varied works woud be more appropriate.

5-0 out of 5 stars Face-to-Face Comparisons Reveal Warhol's Perspectives
When most people think of Andy Warhol, images of Campbell's soup cans and a vividly colored Chairman Mao come to mind.For those who know Warhol better, memories also include Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, most wanted posters, and self-portraits of the artist.

What few appreciate is that portraiture was the bread-and-butter that Warhol used to finance his experimental work at the Factory.Before this book, you could not see the full range of this work.Unframed and grouped with similar and complementary works in the same time period, these 300 portraits show a considerable range of style and expression that will be a new perspective for all but collectors of Warhol portraits.I found the work to be so impressive that it totally changed my sense of who Warhol was as an artist.

In this book, the portraits do the talking.The brief essays merely describe the processes that Warhol used and that he tried to make people look good . . . and larger than life.But you knew that already, didn't you?

The range of the ways he captured the spirit of his subjects is what's most impressive in this volume.Repetition of the same image in one work with different treatments could help us see many different expressions of the person (see Natalie 1962).In other places, many images of the same person in one work express mood, movement, and a story (see Sixteen Jackies 1964). In other cases, multiple images of the same subject give us deep insight into personality (see Ethel Scull 1963).In other cases, the multiple images show the reality as well as the personality (see Merce Cunningham 1963 and Triple Rauschenberg 1963).

Exploring different use of colors and backgrounds, Warhol could totally change our emotions as viewers (Silver Liz 1963 gives us a sense of coolness and elegance while Liz 1963 shows a woman of great emotion and passion).

In Warhol's process, subjects were photographed around 100 times using a Polaroid camera.The subject then picked the images (or image) that she or he liked best.The images were turned into silk screens.Then, Warhol added the background and color to capture what the mere shape could not. The degree of focus also creates more or less power and immediacy (compare Donald Judd 1967 and Robert Rauschenberg 1967).

The portraits also create dialogues, such as when married couples had their portraits done around the same time.In the book, these images are often on facing pages.You'll be arrested to see Nelson Rockefeller 1967 and Happy Rockefeller 1968 looking off into the same spot in space . . . but not each other.The color overlap is minimal, emphasizing their differences.

These images are even more arresting when the pair are portrayed looking away from one another as with Gianni Agnelli 1972 and Marella Agnelli 1972.
In places, painterly backgrounds add remarkable depth and power to the images as with the Agnellis.

In places, the painterly treatment is sufficient to remind one of the work of Degas such as Lee Radziwell, 1972.

Portrait creators have always arranged sitters carefully to emphasize a certain point.Warhol does this in a very minimal way, often adding more than part of a hand touching the face or a bit of clothing.Because of its slight use, the impact is much stronger.

How do the subjects fare?Those with strong personalities do best.Those with complex personalities are rendered beautifully, but aren't as accessible.Subjects who want to look physically attractive often appear merely decorative, like a background model at a party.

Warhol's talent can best be seen by comparing the various ways he renders eyes.Male and female subjects alike receive slashes of color that sometimes resemble eye shadow and other times seem like tiny masks.

There isn't much that's soulful about these works.They are more about promotion than about moral uplift.It's all the more surprising when that soulfulness appears as in Farah Dibah Pahlavai (Empress of Iran) 1977.

Seeing Judy Garland 1979 and Liza Minelli 1979 made me wish that Warhol had done more mother-daughter combinations.These two stunners crawl right inside you.

Part of Warhol's art comes in knowing something about the person.Where the subject is unknown, you'll find yourself a little more baffled about what the message is.Think of each of the celebrity portraits then as being in part a reflection of the public image and our current perceptions.Warhol uses this celebrity awareness to good purpose in creating very minimal works that express the dominant impression of a person (see Martha Graham 1980).

As his career continued, the works became more daring.I was particularly drawn to the line drawings with bold bands of color such as in Paul Delvaux 1981 and Jean Cocteau 1985.

Some of these portraits will cause you to stop and rethink what you know about the people.I had that reaction to the pairing of Prince Charles 1982 (coolly displayed as a young symbol of the monarchy) with the almost flirtatious Princess Diana 1982 (appearing as a powerful force with an earthy grounding).

The portrait of John Lennon is simply stunning (1985-86).

For a good sense of Warhol's progress, you'll enjoy seeing many of his self-portraits.

Enjoy a good look!

5-0 out of 5 stars A less familiar Warhol
This book enables the reader to discover some rarely seen paintings by Warhol, representing many personalities from the sixties, seventies and eighties, from O.J. Simpson to Pelé, from the Queen of England to the Shah of Iran, artists, art dealers, art collectors, musicians (John Lennon...), actors, fashion designers and friends of the artist's. Even though it was this kind of work that drew the harshest criticism (Robert Hughes, critic for Time Magazine, dubbed Warhol the new Van Dongen, meaning by that that he only painted superficial portraits of the rich and famous of his time), they still show the scope and depth of Warhol's creative power. The book is lavishly illustrated and the text was written by leading Warhol authorities (dealer or critic). A very complete checklist of all the portraits illustratedis given at the end of the book. A valuable addition to the albeit extensive Warhol literature. ... Read more

18. The Andy Warhol Diaries
by Andy Warhol
 Hardcover: 808 Pages (1989)
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New York NY: Warner Books, 1989. A large and illuminating social document - an insider's view of the art world, the drug culture and emerging club scene, as well as a unique look at political events, books, and movies, and the most publicized crimes and scandals of the era. Even more facinating is the intimate picture that emerges of Warhol himself: shy, ambitious, generous, bitchy, funny, tormented. Full number line, book club edition. Book and jacket in VG condition, some rubs, light shelf wear, the pages are a bit wavy in spots, possibly was in a humid area, the type of paper used lends itself to that condition. No writing, square binding, jacket has very minor wear. ... Read more

19. Andy Warhol, 1928-1987: Commerce Into Art (Basic Art)
by Klaus Honnef
Paperback: 96 Pages (2000-05-17)
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Andy Warhol is recognized today as the most important exponent of the Pop Art movement. He overturned the traditional understanding of art and placed in its stead a concept that retracts the individuality of the artist. Warhol was a critical observer of American society, exposing his compatriots' consumerism in his paintings ("Campbell-" and "Brillo" series), as well as their fascination for sensational journalism. In 1963 Warhol founded his "Factory" in New York, literally a manufactory of ideas and work, which influenced film in the 1960s, published the influential magazine "Interview" in the late 1970s, and also produced Warhol's own artwork: Warhol conceived the idea, and a "worker" in his factory carried it out. The work remained (consciously) unsigned - a fact which nevertheless did nothing to diminish Warhol's reputation. He once complained that rich New Yorkers would willingly hang his "Electric Chain" in their living rooms - as long as its colours co-ordinated with the wallpaper and draperies. ... Read more

20. Andy Warhol: Paintings For Children (Adventures in Art)
by Silvia Neysters, Sabine Soll-Taubert, Sabine Soll-tauchert, Andy Warhol
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An artist, trendsetter and cultural icon, Andy Warhol was as intriguing a character as the art he created. This colorful introduction to an equally colorful personality follows pivotal events in Warhol’s life, explores some of his most famous works, and encourages young readers to try their own hands at painting, printmaking and sculpture. The authors’ playful text will engage children as it breaks down complex theories into ideas and experiments that are both fun and educational: from making shadow paintings to constructing a time capsule. The text, along with photographs of the artist and reproductions from his work, explore his creative process and the historical events that inspired Warhol’s unique vision of the world. ... Read more

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