In the age of mass media, American culture has displayed an unequaled fascination with both celebrities and disasters. Andy Warhol was one of the first artists to investigate these twin obsessions, beginning in the mid-1960s, as he shifted his practice from hand-painting to the mechanical photo silkscreen process.
Christophe von Hohenberg stumbled upon the beginnings of Andy Warhol's Memorial Service at St. Patrick's Cathedral on April 1, 1987. Now published for the first time on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Pop legend's death, von Hohenberg's lens captured a veritable time capsule of the social swirl of the era that Warhol had such a hand in shaping.
New York City, the 1960s: Inside a ramshackle studio known as The Factory, the post-war art world encountered the industrial revolution. For more than two years, Nat Finkelstein was on the scene, documenting the explosive emergence of Pop Art, a subversive spectacle created by the constantly calculating Andy Warhol.
Focusing on Andy Warhol's prolific final years, this revealing collection of more than 150 works shows the renowned artist undergoing a transition away from Pop Art and toward a renewed interest in the hand-painted image.
From 1972 until his death in 1987, Andy Warhol worked prodigiously on a variety of projects. Sublime examples of his work from this period are gathered in this elegantly designed collection which includes essays on the artist and interviews with him.
Similar in style to the Pop maestro's Love series, if wildly different in subject matter, Vanishing Animals gives the Warhol treatment not to sexy young things or movie stars, but to even scarcer subjects: endangered animals like the okapi and GalĂˇpagos tortoise. (A little known fact about Warhol is that he was deeply concerned about the plight of endangered species.) These animals, rendered in his sketchy but sure line drawings, are silkscreened on brilliantly colored torn paper collages.
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.
Through a wealth of research, and illustrated with more than 1,200 photographs and documents (many published here for the first time), this enormous compendium traces Andy Warhol's relationship to his parents' native Czechoslovakia. Neither routine monograph nor ordinary biography, Andy Warhol and Czechoslovakia is the fruit of a 22-year labor of love by editors Rudo Prekop and Michal Cihlár, who were granted unprecedented access to the family archives by the artist's brothers.
This volume documents 23 series and more than 1,400 individual works, including the well-known series Thirteen Most Wanted Men, the box sculptures, approximately 300 works in the Jackie series, and the 1964 and 1964/65 Flowers series, among others.
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.