Title: FAMOUS FOR FIFTEEN MINUTES: MY YEARS WITH ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 275 pages. Published in 1988. The author's memoir. One of the best books on Andy Warhol, The Factory, and our time ever published. 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 that sold out shortly after publication. It is a testament to both Warhol's and Ultra Violet's enduring fame that the book remains in print to this day. The book has a dazzling DJ design by George Corsillo, one of the very best DJ designs ever in the history of American publishing. It brilliantly replicates/mimics one of Warhol's silkscreen paintings. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Ultra Violet's "Famous For Fifteen Minutes: My Years With Andy Warhol". The compulsively readable (and invaluable) resource-memoir of the French socialite/heiress Isabelle Collin Dufresne, whom Andy Warhol renamed Ultra Violet and proclaimed as one of his Superstars. A committed lifelong lover and collector of art (and a beauty), she was stolen by Warhol from his older artist-rival, Salvador Dali. Her memoir is written entirely in the present tense, as if everything she remembers and recalls is happening and unfolding in real time before our eyes. It's not an easy feat to pull off, but she does. It is not a stunt either because Ultra Violet's point is that anyone who enjoys his or her fifteen minutes of fame must make every minute count, must make us feel its immediacy, as if it is happening right NOW, and must make it last like an eternity. In her and Warhol's case, fifteen minutes have now actually lasted more than fifty years, are still going strong, and will live on in art history. We live, and have lived for some time, in the Age of Entertainment and Celebrity. Warhol was not the first to imagine, prophesy, or realize this fact. But he was the first to embrace it wholeheartedly as a serious artist (whereas his Modernist predecessors rejected it), and make it fully his life-work. He created art - The Real Thing: ground-breaking, influential, and now very valuable - and lived his life as if he was the Number One Celebrity, THE Superstar and maker of other Superstars like Ultra Violet. An absolute "must-have" title for Andy Warhol and Ultra Violet collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed and dated (on the day of publication) in violet pen-marker on the title page by the author: "Ultra Violet Oct 22 88". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Ultra Violet signed copies mainly through her publisher. This title is a classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and publication-dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws yet command as much as $300. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with 16 pages of vintage photographs. One of the best accounts on the most important and most influential American artist of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANDY WARHOL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0151302014. Bookseller Inventory # 20284
Synopsis: Within a decade of his arrival in New York, Andy Warhola, a shy, myopic, bald, gay albino from Pittsburgh, became Andy Warhol, the first American artist ever to be recognized worldwide. Isabelle Collin Dufresne--a member of Warhol's inner circle--tells of his life and times. Two 16-page photo inserts.
About the Author: French born, Ultra Violet was exorcised, sent to a correction home, and then to New York in 1955. Her romance with Salvador Dali concluded with meeting Andy Warhol in 1964. She became a regular at the legendary factory. An artist, her work includes light, technology, and heavenly messengers. Her play, Tabernacle of Clay debates the innocence and/or criminality of Jesus Christ.
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