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Andy Warhol

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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 Ameri...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 271 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Thorndike Press
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Ami
I have retained one sentence from this bio that I use all the time. It's something like, "De Kooning and the abstract expressionist were always getting drunk and vomiting and punching one another in the face. Andy was very much a response to that whole way of art."
Angie
Not a whole lot I didn't know about one of my favorite artists, but always nice to meet another fan.
Kathryn
If you want a straight ahead biography of Warhol, then this probably isn't the best bet, but if you are looking for insight into Warhol as both a person and a personality (and some really great, almost poetic writing) then definitely check this out.
Mikey
I really give it 3 1/2 stars, but I'm a fan of Drella so I bumped it up. Overall a good start to finish of his life, but I felt it was bogged down with numerous names and dates and lacked a certain emotional dimension. Very good analysis and description of his prolific film career and read like a university lecture in parts. I learned a few things and have a greater understanding and appreciation for his work. Time to give The Velvet Underground and Nico's catalog another listen, especially the...more
James
Mar 10, 2008 James rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Warhol aficionados, people who've read Victor Bockris' Warhol biography
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Koestenbaum veers wildly from incredible insight on Warhol's life, work, and career to tedious intellectual wankery -- often two or three times in the course of a page. Sometimes it's fascinating, and sometimes you can do nothing but roll your eyes.

Definitely worth reading, but I'd highly recommend reading Bockris' Warhol bio first. That one supplies the facts; this one emphasizes theory (and Koestenbaum's personal reaction to Warhol). Don't turn to this first as a comprehensive (or even brief...more
Tosh
Wayne Koestenbaum wrote the best biography on Andy Warhol. I think this maybe the case because he is writing from a 'gay' angle, and Warhol if nothing else is the ultimate 'gay' artist. Koestenbaum has a great understanding of the underground gay scene of NYC sixties and life in the late 50's as well. Even if you don't like Warhol (seems like an ok guy) or his work (here and there), the reader can capture a particular scene which I think is super important for the aesthetics that was produced in...more
Michael Armijo
...about a "repetitive" artist.

Frankly, I didn't know very much about Andy Warhol until I read this book. I learned how sexual and abstract (to use one of his favorite words) he really was. The book is a nice overview. It makes me want to learn more about him and see more of his work. There is a wonderful source reference at the end of the book for anyone who may want to continue research and study of WARHOL. He definitely made a mark in the art world for the 20th Century. ....
Richard
Andy... what a guy. Koestenbaum gives a fascinating, impressionistic view of Warhol unlike say Victor Bockris book which is more straight (no pun intended) biography. But he lived thorugh much of Warhol's heyday so his book is well worth reading if you want to know who all the characters are that went throught he revolving doors or Warhol's 'Factory".
Mel
Sometimes art criticism is more ridiculous than the art world itself. Frankly a lot of the interpretation I simply disagreed with. Soup cans as a comment on commercialism and mass production yes. But the author's obsession with Warhol's body seems overwraught for a book aimed at the general reader.
Allison C. McCulloch
Really didn't need to know about Andy Warhol's personal life to that degree. But there was lots of information that was great. I am an Andy Warhol fan and still learned something new.
Iniville
Warhol's life and works certainly spurred lots of analysis. And over-analysis. But this book left me wanting to read more. I wish I could explain why.
Jillian
I enjoyed the idea of it, and some of the language is really beautiful. But at times it's also too much, and I feel like he's reaching.
Brisbride13
I wasnt a fan of this book at all. Found the writing boring! Im so uninspired I have no real idea of what else to say.
Sarah
Felt like this was more of a critique and evaluation of Andy's works rather than a biography of his life.
Laura
So bad its good. Yeah, definitely so bad its good.
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In addition to Hotel Theory (Soft Skull, 2007), Wayne Koestenbaum has published five books of nonfiction prose: Andy Warhol, Cleavage, Jackie Under My Skin, The Queens Throat (a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist), and Double Talk. He has also published a novel, Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes, and five books of poetry: Best-Selling Jewish Porn Films, Model Homes, The Milk of Inquiry, Rhapso...more
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