Warhol

Warhol

by Blake Gopnik

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Overview

The definitive biography of a fascinating and paradoxical figure, one of the most influential artists of his—or any—age  

To this day, mention the name “Andy Warhol” to almost anyone and you’ll hear about his famous images of soup cans and Marilyn Monroe. But though Pop Art became synonymous with Warhol’s name and dominated the public’s image of him, his life and work are infinitely more complex and multi-faceted than that.

 In Warhol, esteemed art critic Blake Gopnik takes on Andy Warhol in all his depth and dimensions. “The meanings of his art depend on the way he lived and who he was,” as Gopnik writes. “That’s why the details of his biography matter more than for almost any cultural figure,” from his working-class Pittsburgh upbringing as the child of immigrants to his early career in commercial art to his total immersion in the “performance” of being an artist, accompanied by global fame and stardom—and his attempted assassination.  

The extent and range of Warhol’s success, and his deliberate attempts to thwart his biographers, means that it hasn’t been easy to put together an accurate or complete image of him. But in this biography, unprecedented in its scope and detail as well as in its access to Warhol’s archives, Gopnik brings to life a figure who continues to fascinate because of his contradictions—he was known as sweet and caring to his loved ones but also a coldhearted manipulator; a deep-thinking avant-gardist but also a true lover of schlock and kitsch; a faithful churchgoer but also an eager sinner, skeptic, and cynic.

Wide-ranging and immersive, Warhol gives us the most robust and intricate picture to date of a man and an artist who consistently defied easy categorization and whose life and work continue to profoundly affect our culture and society today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062298423
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/20/2021
Pages: 976
Sales rank: 101,952
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.30(d)

About the Author

Blake Gopnik, one of North America’s leading arts writers, has served as art and design critic at Newsweek, and as chief art critic at the Washington Post and Canada’s Globe and Mail. In 2017, he was a Cullman Center Fellow in residence at the New York Public Library, and in 2015 he held a fellowship at the Leon Levy Center for Biography at City University of New York. He has a PhD in art history from Oxford University and is a regular contributor to the New York Times.

Table of Contents

Prelude: Death 1

Chapter 1 (1938-1934) 5

Birth | Pittsburgh | Carpatho-Rusyns | Church

Chapter 2 (1934-1945) 21

Family Life | School | Illness | The Carnegie Institute | Schenley High | College Bound

Chapter 3 (1945-1947) 41

Fine Arts at Carnegie Tech | Classmates and Teachers | A Dose of Failure | Window Dressing | Gay Life and Its Dangers | Artistic Role Models

Chapter 4 (1947-1949) 65

Dada and Film at Tech | Outlines Gallery and the Avant-Garde | Star Student | Origins of the Blotted Line | New York Horizons

Chapter 5 (1949) 83

First New York Digs and Contracts | Fashion Magazines, Record Covers, Book Jackets

Chapter 6 (1949-1951) 93

Franziska Boas and the Bohemian Life | A Starving-Artist Commune | Tommy Jackson and a First Flirtation | Living Solo and Hunting for Work

Chapter 7 (1951-1952) 111

New Luxuries | Otto Fenn | Stalking Capote | Julia Warhola Arrives | Commercial Success | Whimsical Chapbooks

Chapter 8 (1952-1954) 131

Hugo Gallery and an Homage to Capote | To Lower Lexington | The Cats | The First Boyfriend | The First Wig

Chapter 9 (1954-1955) 145

Serendipity Café | Coloring Parties | Camp | The Loft Gallery

Chapter 10 (1955-1956) 155

Window Display | Shoes Shoes Shoes | Nathan Gluck Arrives | The Bodley Gallery

Chapter 11 (1956-1959) 171

Generosity | Charles Lisanby | The World Tour | Compulsive Shopping | Edward Wallowitch | Ray Johnson | The Foot Book | A Silver Decor for the Theater | 1,000 Names and Where to Drop Them

Chapter 12 (1960-1961) 193

The New Town House | Illness | Art Collecting | Judson Church Performances | Emile de Antonio | The Threat of Photography | An Art-Market Boom

Chapter 13 (1961) 209

Window Props Become Pop Art | Yves Klein | Ivan Karp and Henry Geldzahler Visit the Studio

Chapter 14 (1961-1962) 233

Youth Culture | Faux Innocence | The Critical Reception of Pop

Chapter 15 (1962) 247

Warhol, a "New Talent" | Hunt for a Gallery | Painting Money | Soup Cans in Los Angeles | Martha Jackson Cancels a Show | The Stable Gallery Steps Up

Chapter 16 (1962) 267

Birth of the Silkscreen | Liz Taylor and Baseball | "New Realists" and the Launch of Pop | Marilyn at the Stable

Chapter 17 (1963) 289

The Firehouse | Death and Disasters | Costumes for The Beast in Me | Photo Booth Portraits | A Portrait of Ethel Scull | Mona Lisa

Chapter 18 (1963) 305

Gerard Malanga Starts Work | Downtown Poets | Amphetamines | Downtown Filmmakers | Home Movies with Jack Smith in Old Lyme | John Giorno in Sleep | Kiss | The Put-On

Chapter 19 (1963) 329

Elvis and Liz in Los Angeles | Driving to L.A. | Hollywood Reception and Marcel Duchamp | Taylor Mead and Naomi Levine in Tarzan | Mourning J.F.K. | Jackie | The Haircuts

Chapter 20 (1964) 353

Finding the Factory | Screen Tests | Billy Name | The Factory, Silvered | Boxes at the Stable Gallery

Chapter 21 (1964) 371

The First Factory Party | Most Wanted Men for the World's Fair | A Raunchy Couch and Blow Job | The Empire State Building, Observed | Flowers

Chapter 22 (1964) 391

From Eleanor Ward to Leo Castelli | Stipend Stability | Baby Jane Holzer, Girl of the Year | Soap Opera | Pop Goes Mainstream

Chapter 23 (1965) 405

An Anti-Christmas Tree | Film Accolades | Speed Freaks | Henry Geldzahler Smokes a Cigar | Philip Fagan, First of the Live-in Lovers | 30 Films in One Year | Movies and the Death of Painting

Chapter 24 (1965) 425

Edie Sedgwick | To Paris with Friends | Superstardom | Andy and Edie, Fashion Twins | The Striped Shirt | The Birth of Video Art: Outer and Inner Space | Warhol Fan Clubs | A Celebrity, At Last

Chapter 25 (1965) 445

Factory Rivalries | New Arrivals: Paul Morrissey, Brigid Berlin, Bibbe Hansen | Too Many Parties | My Hustler | Danny Williams Moves In, Then Out

Chapter 26 (1965) 463

Andymania at the Philadelphia I.C.A. | Warhol Sculpts His Persona

Chapter 27 (1966) 479

The Velvet Underground | Rocking a Dinner for Shrinks | Fall of Edie, Rise of Ingrid Superstar

Chapter 28 (1966) 493

The Exploding Plastic Inevitable | New Warholians: Mary Woronov, Susan Bottomry, Susan Pile | The End of Illustration | Money Worries, and Hopes | A Velvet Underground Album

Chapter 29 (1966) 507

Silver Clouds and Wallpaper Cows | Julia Warhola at Home, and Ailing | Richard Rheem Moves In, Then Out

Chapter 30 (1966) 519

Repetition as an Art Supply | A Portrait of Holly Solomon | Clouds and Cows Cross the Country | A Boston Retrospective | The Velvets on Tour | "You're In" Perfume | Jane Heir, A Failed Feature Film | The Birth of Chelsea Girls

Chapter 31 (1967) 539

Max's Kansas City | Flesh on Film: Bike Boy and Nude Restaurant | A Crumbling Factory | Rod La Rod | The Andy Warhol Story | Superstar Russian Roulette

Chapter 32 (1967) 553

Dead-End Art | Prints, A New Income Stream | Chelsea Girls Goes National, and to Cannes | Thirteen Most Wanted Men in Paris | End of the Velvets

Chapter 33 (1967) 567

Four Stars-25 Hours of Film | a: a novel-24 Hours of Talk | Andy Warhol's Index (Book) | A Fake Lecture Tour | Exit Gerard Malanga | The Silver Factory Shuts Down

Chapter 34 (1968) 587

A New Studio on Union Square | Lonesome Cowboys in Arizona | Order Replaces Chaos | Last of the Factory Crowd | Fancy Fred Hughes | A Survey in Sweden

Chapter 35 (1968) 609

Valerie Solanas | SCUM Manifesto | I, a Man | The Shooting | The Hospital | The Arrest

Chapter 36 (1968) 625

Recovery | Security at the Studio | Midnight Cowboy | Solanas and the Feminists | Flesh and the Business of Film | New (Super-)Stars: Joe Dallesandro and a Transgendered Trio

Chapter 37 (1968) 641

Home from the Hospital | Editing Lonesome Cowboys | 100 Happy Rockefellers | Julia in Decline | Jed Johnson Moves In | Back in the Saddle but Still Sore | Pat Hackett, Ultimate Ghostwriter | Hospital Bills, Lawsuits and Rubber Checks | Profitable Portraits

Chapter 38 (1968-1969) 663

Fuck, A Blue Movie | Forays into Conceptualism: Vacuum Cleaners and Superstars for Rent | "Raid the Icebox" and the Museum as Art | Floating Chairs and Rain Machines | Video Ventures | A Sundae for Schrafft's

Chapter 39 (1969) 685

Valerie Solanas Gets Out | More Surgery | Rolling Stones Album Covers | Hollywood Film Plans Collapse (Twice) | Gerard Malanga's "Male Parade" | The Birth of Interview | Business Art, the Next Step After Art | Frozen Foods at the Andy-Mat

Chapter 40 (1970-1971) 709

A Warhol Retrospective (Again) | Bob Colacello and Vincent Fremont Come on Board | Andy Warhol, Super-Shopper | New Patrons: Sandy and Peter Brant | L'Amour and Its Crowd | VIP Living | Failures in Theater: Andy Warhol's Pork and Man on the Moon

Chapter 41 (1971-1972) 729

Financial Fiddling | Fine Cars and Real Estate | Country Life and Celebrity Renters: Lee Radziwill and the Kennedy Kids, Mick and Bianca Jagger

Chapter 42 (1972-1973) 739

Julia Warhola Heads Home to Die | Chairman Mao and the Un-Death of Painting | Biting into Europe's Upper Crust | The Polaroid Big Shot, for Big Shots | Gallstone Warning | Frankenstein and Dracula in Rome | With Warhol, Liz Taylor is in The Driver's Seat

Chapter 43 (1974) 761

Warhol Headquarters in Paris | Interview, Fashion and Society | Halston and Glamour | The Bent Genders of Ladies and Cattlemen | The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (and of His Ghostwriters) | POPism, a (Non-)Autobiography

Chapter 44 (1974-1975) 783

A New Home | Jed Johnson Decorates | Return of Brigid Berlin | Time Capsules and the Fine Art of Junk | Highborn Interns | A Rolls-Royce to the Diamond District | The Interview Lunch and Its Prey

Chapter 45 (1975-1977) 803

Portrait Prey: Iranian Royals and Imelda Marcos | At the White House with Gerald Ford | In Georgia with Jimmy Carter | Commercial Art: Athletes, Pets, Cars and Houses | Victor Hugo and the Nude as Landscape | Piss Paintings

Chapter 46 (1977-19SO) 819

Studio 54 | Shadow Paintings | Portraits at the Whitney | Bad, the Last Movie | Jed Johnson Leaves

Chapter 47 (1981) 837

Warhol the Model | Exposures: A Social Life | Ronald Feldman's Business Propositions | Outsourcing to Rupert Smith

Chapter 48 (1982-1983) 853

The New Art Kids | Warhol and Basquiat | Rorschach Paintings | Shopping and Collecting

Chapter 49 (1982-1986) 871

The ConEd Studio | Andy Warhol TV | Tensions with Fred Hughes | Ad Work | The Love Boat | Camouflage Paintings | Jon Gould | AIDS | Warhol's Charity

Chapter 50 (1986-1987) 897

Crystal Therapy | Last Suppers in Milan | Stitched Photos | The Last Runway | Gallbladder Trouble | The Fatal Surgery

Postlude: Afterlife 911

A Note on Sources 913

Acknowledgments 919

Credits 923

Index 929

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