Artist Spotlight: Andy Warhol

Pop art is in the news, as Campbell’s Soup introduces limited-edition labels for its tomato soup inspired by Andy Warhol’s famous piece “32 Campbell’s Soup Cans”.  Fifty years after his rise to popularity, Andy Warhol’s influence on art and pop culture is still being felt.  Want to learn more?  Check out these great books about this great American artist.

Before Warhol was the biggest name in of the Sixties art scene, he was your average commercial artist.  He was often commissioned to illustrate for top fashion magazines including Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and Mademoiselle.  Fashion collects these charming early sketches and illustrations and gives an interesting view into the remarkably ordinary early career of the twentieth century’s most outrageous artist.

The Andy Warhol Show is a catalog from an exhibition of Warhol’s later, more well-known works during 1960s.  Instead of a simple collection of images that even the most casual fans have seen before, this book gives valuable context and critique to the pieces in the exhibition.  It’s like having a tour guide with you as you walk through the pages of the exhibit.

After immersing yourself in Warhol’s work, why not read up on the artist himself?  Factory Made: Warhol and the Sixties is a biography of not only Warhol, but of his entire artist collective known as “The Factory”.  The book uses research, anecdotes, pictures, and quotes from the members of the group to paint a picture of this innovative tribe of creative people as well as the decade that shaped them.

But don’t take other people’s word for it; why not go straight to the source?  Andy Warhol’s book about, well, Andy Warhol, is a behind-the-scenes, tell-all book about his life during the factory days.  It’s not strictly an autobiography or memoir, since he talks equally about himself as he does the other artists and personalities he worked with.  It is, however, thoroughly entertaining and fascinating to read about this unique group of people and the equally distinct art they created together.

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