This Is Warhol

This Is Warhol

Book - 2014
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Andy Warhol, the iconic Pop artist, presented himself as the vacuous, dumb kid, famously saying, "If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings, and there I am. There's nothing behind it." This book penetrates the surface and explores Warhol's art from his beginnings as a commercial artist to his apotheosis as a society portrait painter. Vivid illustrations reveal Andy's worlds: his childhood in Pittsburgh, his chaotic Manhattan mansion, and the Silver Factory, where New York's bright new things hung out and had fun.
Publisher: London, United Kingdom : Laurence King Publishing, 2014
ISBN: 9781780670140
1780670141
Branch Call Number: 709.2 WARHOL INGRAM
Characteristics: 80 p. : ill. (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Rae, Andrew

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PimaLib_JonM Apr 11, 2017

It's part puzzle and part art history lesson, which sounds like it would be whimsical in a bad way. It's a Where's Waldo? parody/homage, but not terrible because it's done well. The puzzle portion isn't as difficult as those books where Odlaw, that dog, and dozens of individual people and things are thrown into an overpopulated Rube Goldberg machine of absurdity. In this case, it's a series of Happenings where Andy Warhol pops in and in part of the scene. And it works.

There are some Warhol-appropriate settings, such as a New York park and a gallery where Jim Morrisson and Nico could have been up to something inappropriate for what appears to be a children's book (nothing like that happens, but it's certainly the right environment.) And it has other settings, such as a German Bauhaus building with Futurists and other artists and creations being... well, pretty weird. And it has French Impressionists and Pompeii ruins and a few other historical settings. Sure, you could find some French painters or Salvador Dali, but you can also spot John McEnroe being pouty and Pink Floyd with a flying pig. Because art!

And what better reason is needed?

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Aug 24, 2016

Gives an account of Warhol and his contributions to pop art, with an emphasis on his acute social and business sense. I also learned that the evil nuttess who tried to murder him - the founder of (and only member of) S.C.U.M. and the writer of its manifesto - actually has the manifesto available online. Numerous images included, though lacks some of the late religious images (Easter eggs, Last Supper, etc.).

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