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Andy Warhol, 365 takes : the Andy Warhol Museum collection
Author:
Andy Warhol Museum.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : H.N. Abrams, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
743 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 17 x 25 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780810943292
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Book

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Summary

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 gathered highlights 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.


Author Notes

Born near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, of immigrant Czech parents, American artist Andy Warhol studied art at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh. He then worked as a commercial artist in New York City. In the early 1960s, Warhol became the most famous pioneer of "pop art," which used comic books, advertisements, and consumer goods as subject matter. Warhol's colorful paintings of Campbell's soup can labels, boxes of Brillo pads, and celebrity icons such as Marilyn Monroe, became among the most recognizable examples of pop art. Warhol was also a filmmaker as well as a painter and graphic artist; his more memorable films include Trash (1969) and Frankenstein (1973). His studio, called "The Factory," became infamous as a locale for eccentrics and eccentric behavior, much of it associated with the New York drug scene. It was Warhol who predicted that, "in the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes." (Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

The Andy Warhol Museum has been open for 10 years, and its staff continues to marvel at the complexity of Warhol's oeuvre and its resistance to easy interpretation. To reflect this chimerical quality, and the quantity, breadth, and variety of Warhol's provocative multimedia exploration, they have created a chunky volume of 365 images that samples Warhol's drawings, paintings, silk screens, films, photographs, self-portraits, celebrity portraits, and collectibles. The result is a potent survey of Warhol's preoccupations, collaborations, artistic styles, and keen response to a materially abundant yet often emotionally and morally vacuous world. --Donna Seaman Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

This "year in the life" of Warhol's artistic and social productions (was there a difference?) actually spans decades. More than 15 years after Warhol's death, his work retains an uncanny ability to make the most banal elements of American life sharp and subversive; these 365 full-page 9-1/2" x 6-1/2" color illustrations, with pertinent (or impertinent), texts on facing pages) includes the movies (Blow Job, Taylor Mead's Ass), the silk screens (Mao etc.), the entourage (endless) and much more in celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Warhol museum (in Warhol's birthplace of Pittsburgh, Pa.). The Andy Warhol Diaries and The Philosophy of Andy Warhol are overdrawn on for the text. The illustrations are fresher and include early drawings; film notes and shooting schedules; photographs of Warhol's tape recorder, telephone and wig collection; and a magazine quiz filled out by Warhol. These are counterposed with reproductions of some (but not all) of Warhol's better known completed pieces, such as Campbell's Soup or Elvis 11 Times. However, the inclusion of "contextual" material like photographs of Brooke Shields or the Jacksons could have easily been replaced by more of Warhol's own artwork. While the range reproduced shows Warhol's extraordinary versatility in mediums, whether film, silkscreen, painting or people-collecting, no book can convey the shocking impact of his work. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Intended to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, this gift-book addition to the constant flow of compilations on the artist features both major and minor works boldly illustrated in a spare format, along with hundreds of Warhol letters, drawings, source material, and film stills. Its appeal resides in the museum's unparalleled collection of ephemera, including gossipy notes, business cards, vintage magazines, and invitations obsessively saved. The brief texts accompanying the various items are little more than captions or bite-sized reprinted bits of quotes and existing writings. Devotees of Andyworld will be diverted by the catalog, though libraries would do well to look elsewhere for serious Warhol scholarship.-Doug McClemont, New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

Although the art world is replete with titles on Warhol (1928-87), new ones rarely seem to deplete the fecund pool, as he and his art, while superficially apparent to some, remain elusive, mysterious, open-ended, and challenging. It is hard to imagine that it has been some 17 years since his death, for his ideas and his presence are so embedded in our culture that they are often taken for granted and we forget that he is not alive. The introduction by museum director Thomas Sokolowski sets the tone for what is to follow, describing a "take" in making a film or referring to "a specific mental reaction or vested viewpoint on a given subject." Warhol explored many media; his work is complex, and this book is nontraditional and open-ended. We are encouraged to flip through the 365 Takes, to rearrange them, and visit the Museum. After the introduction, there is a short chronology of Warhol's life and then each Take--text with a single background color, a Warhol quote or something related to the Warhol art reproduced in color on the facing page. Lists of museum staff; photographic credits. Well made, attractive, fun, and very reasonably priced. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through faculty. J. Weidman Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art