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Andy Warhol—A Retrospective

Nathan Gluck

Andy Warhol—A Retrospective
Kynaston McShine (editor)
New York, NY: The Museum of Modern Art, 1998

Synopsis: Edited by Kynaston McShine. Published on the occasion of the exhibition Andy Warhol: A Retrospective organized by Kynaston McShine, Senior Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, February 6 – May 2, 1989. One of the most controversial and influential figures on the American cultural scene, Warhol embodied the idiosyncrasies of modern times in his art and life. This catalog, which accompanies his first major retrospective, shows the range of his career in over 600 illustrations (277 in color). Four essays assess his impact, his sources, his technical methods, and his roots in commercial art. The picture is rounded out by a chronology that documents his life and career, a section offering comments and images by his colleagues, and a compilation of statements by the artist himself. A handsome and definitive work, recommended for general, art, and modern culture collections.

Warhol, who died in 1987, can be viewed as a relentless observer, who dwelled obsessively upon images representative of our century: the electric chair, a jet crash, the Soviet hammer and sickle, screen idols, politicians, and symbolic volcanoes. A retrospective now at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which this lengthy tome catalogues, reveals that some of Warhol's most suggestive works are among his least well-known, to wit, his space-age Moonwalk (1987), a Rorschach-like series of paintings, and the enormous, Asiatic-looking Oxidation Paintings done in metallic pigments. Packed with 325 color plates and 332 in black and white, this six-pounder includes four academic, hyperbolic essays, 33 pages of first-hand impressions of Warhol by cultural celebs, and 10 pages of his instant wit and wisdom.

Category: Book
Pages: 408 pp.
Dimensions: 28.7 x 25.1 cm
Format: Soft cover
Binding: sewn
Process: offset
Color: color
ISBN 0-87070-680-2 (hardcover edition)
ISBN 0-87070-681-0 (paperback edition)
ISBN 1-85332-035-2 (British paperback edition)

Price: $85.00     Contact: Amazon