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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  143 ratings  ·  17 reviews
'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
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 24th 2011 by Penguin Classics (first published October 1985)
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Amy
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dissertation research.
This was a super quick read because it is mainly made up of photographs.
Of course, the photographs were brilliant because it's Andy Warhol but let's talk about the text. Although the entire body of text only really makes up a small essay, it raises some incredible questions about what 'America' means in the Twentieth century. I thought this when reading Popism and the same happened with America, the vast changes and rapid movement of life during that century is actually te
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Chris
Andy Warhol tackles the ugly 80's: escapes unscathed

Instead of watching Sunday football today, I travelled back to the 1980s courtesy of Warhol's book, taking advantage of the temporary intellectual deadzone over the city.

There's synchronicity, too, with that quintessentially 1980s movie Back to the Future as the day foretold in the film approaches (October 21, 2015). Filmgoers back in 1985, while they were waiting in line for tickets, would have seen Warhol's book America fresh on the shelves a
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Boorrito
Unsurprisingly for a book called 'America' written by an American artist it catches that lovely inclusiveness but exclusiveness that's such a trademark of the US.

What's so different from other countries there?

Most don't bother with saying you could one day be included.

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Victor H
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
andy era um artista mt foda
mas muito - MUITO - pretensioso numas coisas ai da vida.
Motion Picture Gems
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love the photographs in this book, so many celebrities.
Wilde Sky
Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it
A mixture of musings and images.

A few sections were interesting but overall this book didn't really grab me.

Reading time around one hour.
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Mary Malkova
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Inspired to write the book about Mirny later next year
Jana Eichhorn
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this in one enthralled sitting.
Christopherseelie
Apr 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The most candid work by Andy Warhol. He shares his thoughts without equivocation, tho he's not strident or especially provocative. The accompanying pictures are at times beautiful, often with beautiful people in them, and their juxtaposition with the thoughts he shares make a dynamic commentary on what it means to be American. The effect is endearing because Andy's worldview is actually rather guileless and pragmatic to the core. He's like a good-natured uncle or grandfather who is accepting of ...more
Robert
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First published during the Reagan era ( and two years before Warhol's death), this is a strange collection of photographs accompanied by a text that is both naive and curiously hopeful. You get the sense that Warhol is adrift, no longer part of a living cultural scene (the Factory of the '60s had been replaced by a protective barrier of wealth and celebrity) but fascinated by an idea of "ordinary" America that he tries hard to love but can't quite inhabit. "There's no such thing as being more or ...more
Artur Coelho
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Incontornável artista da segunda metade do século XX, ícone do movimento Pop, Warhol era também um documentador compulsivo do seu dia a dia. Sempre acompanhado de uma máquina fotográfica, registava os sítios por onde passava e as pessoas que encontrava. O resultado é este America, retrato de uma terra de imediatismo, sem passado nem futuro, um eterno agora capturado e fixado pela objectiva de Warhol.
Hsu Jui-Ting
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The kind of book that meanders a bit, expresses itself naïvely and with simple elocution, and is totally, completely honest in delivery. It's optimistic, and it reflects its timeliness, but its greatest strength is that at its best moments, the minute observations of Warhol can hint at a nice, universal truth.

Isn't that what we want to read, anyways?
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Clark Knowles
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled across this book at school in the new book room and I just absolutely love it. Published in 1985, but it feels fresh and important. And Warhol is so funny. It's my favorite surprise book of the year. ...more
Mimonni
se si sono già letti "Pop" e i Diari, questo ripropone un po' le stesse cose. Si legge ma niente di che. ...more
Karie
Dec 08, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of the end for die-hard modernists like myself.....
Lesley Cheung
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
tl;dr: everyone can be an american - no one truly 'originates' from america. everyone here is weird. no one is normal. ...more
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Andrew Warhola, better known as Andy Warhol, was an American artist and a central figure in the movement known as Pop art. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became famous worldwide for his work as a painter, an avant-garde filmmaker, a record producer, an author, and a public figure known for his membership in wildly diverse social circles that included bohemian street ...more

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