Andy Warhol America

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'He created his own universe and became its star' David Cronenberg, Guardian Andy Warhol carried a camera with him everywhere he went and, taken from ten years of extraordinary shots, his America aspires to the strange beauty and staggering contradictions of the country itself. Exploring his greatest obsessions - including image and celebrity - he photographs wrestlers and politicians, the beautiful wealthy and the disenfranchised poor, Capote with the fresh scars of a facelift and Madonna hiding beneath a brunette bob. He writes about the country he loves, wishing he had died when he was shot, commercialism, fame and beauty. An America without Warhol is almost as inconceivable as Warhol without America, and this touching, witty tribute is the great artist of the superficial at his most deeply personal.

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Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was a painter, graphic artist filmmaker, and leader of the Pop Art movement. He also produced a significant body of film work, including the famous Chelsea Girls. Equally well known in the late Sixties and early Seventies as resident host at his studio, the Factory. Andy Warhol died following gall bladder surgery, in New York on the 22nd February 1987. As Warhol said: 'I never think that people die. They just go to department stores.'

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Warhol carries a camera everywhere he goes. He shoots celebrities, entertain ers, writers, avant-garde artists, body- builders, wrestlers, eccentrics, and ur ban street poor. This collection has been selected from a 10-year archive. Warhol's eye catches the odd contra diction, the outlandish, the amusing, the touching. It is never contemptuous. The cumulative effect tells us some thing about contemporary America be yond the familiar picture-magazine view. The text is unabashedly jingo istic, with a truth-telling oratory style not unlike that of Will Rogers, with ech oes of Mark Twain. Sentences are short and simple, with child-like observa tions about familiar things, the whole laced with a generous amount of com mon sense. Recommended. Marjorie Miller, Fashion Inst. of Technology Lib., New York
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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