Andy Warhol Reading List

In celebration of the iconic Pop artist’s birthday, we’ve rounded up four titles that highlight the extensive catalogue of Andy Warhol and breathe new life into the man behind the art.

Winner of the 2022 Kraszna-Krausz Moving Image Book Award

“A monument as much as a book, and far more than a catalogue, although the textual history here is often almost as fascinating as the films, and the behind-the-scenes story- telling. Each word and image across these 500 pages adds something to the tale of two years of remarkable creativity.”—Pamela Hutchinson

Warhol & Mapplethorpe is, at its heart, a snapshot into the world of gleeful rejection of gender norms that peaked in the mid-70s. . . .

“Andy Warhol and Robert Mapplethorpe managed to capture the beauty and freedom of this period after Stonewall, before AIDS, with stunning portraiture that celebrates difference and nonbinary expression. Andy Warhol’s series of portraits of drag queens and transgender women started out as a commission for portraits of ‘funny looking ones … who were obviously men trying to pass,’ but Warhol soon lost sight of the spirit of the commission and instead created hundreds of lively, jewel-toned portraits that were a distinct departure from the more careful, flat look of his classic portraits. The rebellion of color and line echoed the rebellious joy of these girls who Warhol said ‘could get excited about anything.'”—Helen O’Brien

A compact, masterful tour of Andy Warhol’s personal, artistic, and philosophical transformations

Danto traces the evolution of the pop artist, including his early reception, relationships with artists such as Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, and the Factory phenomenon. He offers close readings of individual Warhol works, including their social context and philosophical dimensions, key differences with predecessors such as Marcel Duchamp, and parallels with successors like Jeff Koons. Danto brings to bear encyclopedic knowledge of Warhol’s time and shows us Warhol as an endlessly multidimensional figure—artist, political activist, filmmaker, writer, philosopher—who retains permanent residence in our national imagination.

Alphabetically organized, honoring Warhol’s own use of a whimsical alphabetical structure, these curated selections from his collections offer essential and unforgettable insight into Warhol and his quixotic world.

While most known for being a leading figure in the Pop Art movement, Andy Warhol was also an obsessive collector of things large and small, ordinary and quirky. Since 1994, The Andy Warhol Museum has studied and safeguarded the artist’s archive encompassing hundreds of thousands of these objects, at turns strange, amusing, and poignant. His cherished personal collections, published together here for the first time, shed light on the artist’s work and motivations, as well as on his personality and private life.

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