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ANDY WARHOL: A PENGUIN LIFE - Rare Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing - ONLY COPY OF THE TRUE FIRST EDITION ONLINE

Warhol, Andy (Subject/Artist) & Koestenbaum, Wayne (Author)

Published by New York City, NY: Viking/Penguin Books, 2001
ISBN 10: 0670030007 / ISBN 13: 9780670030002
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Title: ANDY WARHOL: A PENGUIN LIFE - Rare Pristine ...

Publisher: New York City, NY: Viking/Penguin Books, 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As New

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Edition: 1st Edition.

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1st Printing. 224 pages. Published in 2001. Book-length account on subject. The single most idiosyncratic and illuminating biography on Andy Warhol ever written in our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only and as part of the now-legendary "Penguin Lives" Series that sold out shortly after publication. A surprise bestseller, the book remains available in multiple subsequent printings. The First Edition is now rare. Presents, in a compact collectible volume, Wayne Koestenbaum's "Andy Warhol". "The Sixties were the sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll era, and Andy Warhol was its cultural icon. Painter, filmmaker, photographer, philosopher, Warhol was both celebrity and celebrant, the man who put the 'pop' in art. His studio, The Factory, where his free-spirited cast of 'superstars' mingled with The Rich and Famous, was Ground Zero for the explosions that rocked American cultural life. And yet for all his fame, Warhol was an enigma: A participant in the excesses of his time who remained a faithful churchgoer, a nearly inarticulate man who was also a great aphorist ('In the future, everybody will be famous for fifteen minutes'), an artist whose body of work sizzles with sexuality but whose own body was a source of shame and self-hatred. In his bravura account of Warhol's life and work, scholar and culture critic Wayne Koestenbaum gets past the contradictions and reveals the man beneath the blond wig and dark glasses. Nimbly weaving brilliant and witty analysis into an absorbing narrative, Koestenbaum makes a convincing case for Warhol as a serious artist, one whose importance goes beyond the Sixties. Focusing on Warhol's provocative, powerful films (many of which have been out-of-circulation since their initial release), Koestenbaum shows that Warhol's oeuvre, in its variety of forms (films, silkscreens, books, happenings), maintains a striking consistency of theme: Warhol discovered in classic American images (Brillo boxes, Campbell soup cans, Marilyn's face) a secret history, the erotics of time and space" (Publisher's blurb). Only Warhol could have imagined Andy. Only Koestenbaum could have written "Andy Warhol". An absolute "must-have" title for Wayne Koestenbaum and Andy Warhol collectors. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: All other copies available online are subsequent printings. A rare copy thus. One of the greatest artists of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANDY WARHOL AND WAYNE KOESTENBAUM TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0670030007. Bookseller Inventory # 19738

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Synopsis: The sixties were the "sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll" era, and Andy Warhol was its cultural icon. Painter, filmmaker, photographer, philosopher, Warhol was both celebrity and celebrant, the man who put the "pop" in art. His studio, The Factory, where his free-spirited cast of "superstars" mingled with the rich and famous, was ground zero for the explosions that rocked American cultural life. And yet for all his fame, Warhol was an enigma: a participant in the excesses of his time who remained a faithful churchgoer, a nearly inarticulate man who was also a great aphorist ("In the future everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes"), an artist whose body of work sizzles with sexuality but whose own body was a source of shame and self-hatred.

In his bravura account of Warhol's life and work, scholar and culture critic Wayne Koestenbaum gets past the contradictions and reveals the man beneath the blond wig and dark glasses. Nimbly weaving brilliant and witty analysis into an absorbing narrative, Koestenbaum makes a convincing case for Warhol as a serious artist, one whose importance goes beyond the sixties. Focusing on Warhol's provocative, powerful films (many of which have been out of circulation since their initial release), Koestenbaum shows that Warhol's oeuvre, in its variety of form (films, silkscreens, books, "happenings"), maintains a striking consistency of theme: Warhol discovered in classic American images (Brillo boxes, Campbell soup cans, Marilyn's face) a secret history, the erotic of time and space.

Review: Do a faithful rendering of a soup can, a silk-screened photograph of a starlet, or a film of an empty chair constitute works of art? They do, poet and critic Wayne Koestenbaum ably demonstrates, if their author was Andy Warhol.

Warhol, who once observed that in time everyone would be famous for 15 minutes, himself earned early fame "as artist and whirlwind, as impresario and irritant." That fame endured over a career that stretched over four decades, as does his influence, even in some unexpected quarters: "Martha Stewart owes a lot to Andy Warhol," Koestenbaum volunteers. But Warhol, Koestenbaum argues, was much more than an artist. He helped shape the popular culture of his day; he launched the careers of dozens of musicians and artists; he revolutionized interior design, making his studio, the Factory, "an ambient artwork"; and he used art as a way of exploring matters of life, death, sexuality, and group behavior. He was, in short, a self-made phenomenon, an odd American success story.

The price for that success was high, Koestenbaum writes: the controversies Warhol inspired did not always serve him well, his associates had a habit of dying young, and he himself survived an assassination attempt that gave his later work an air of being "bulletins from the afterlife." This slender biography tells all those stories very well, and students of art and contemporary culture will learn much from it. --Gregory McNamee

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