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Andy Warhol Research Guide: Art


Andy Warhol standing in front of Brillo boxes artwork

Andy Warhol's art encompassed a variety of formats. His works include paintings, illustrations, photography, films, and more. Below you will find collections of items that treat his work as a whole and also some that focus on more specific areas.

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Books About Warhol's Art As A Whole

Andy Warhol--From A to B and Back Again

Warhol expanded the boundaries by which art is defined and created groundbreaking work in a diverse array of media that includes paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, films, and installations. This book examines Warhol's work in its entirety. It offers a comprehensive look at the full scope of Warhol's production from his commercial illustrations of the 1950s through his monumental paintings of the 1980s.

Andy Warhol Fame and Misfortune

Fame and Misfortune approaches Warhol's career through the artist's abiding obsession with fame and celebrity, and, by extension, with disaster and tragedy. These key themes resurface throughout Warhol's paintings, works on paper, photographs, and film and video works, beginning with his iconic paintings and prints of the 1960s up until the last pictures created just before his untimely death in 1987.

Pop Out: Queer Warhol

Ranging widely in approach and discipline, Pop Out demonstrates that to ignore Warhol's queerness is to miss what is most valuable, interesting, sexy, and political about his life and work. Written from the perspectives of art history, critical race theory, psychoanalysis, feminist theory, cinema studies, and social and literary theory, these essays consider Warhol in various contexts and within the history of the communities in which he figured.

Warhol: The Textiles

With stunning new photography throughout, including unpublished images of newly discovered textiles, the book sheds new light on a previously undocumented but important aspect of Warhol's oeuvre.

Andy Warhol: Retrospective

This volume was published to accompany a major European retrospective of the work of Andy Warhol, presenting him as the most significant chronicler of the second half of the 20th century. The collection of over 220 images show how his work reflected and commented on themes in American society that were also becoming international: consumerism, mass-production, celebrity, death and disaster.

Warhol and the West

Andy Warhol's 1986 print portfolio Cowboys and Indians represents an important milestone in both the artist's late career and a shift in the conception of contemporary western American art.

Warhol's Working Class : Pop Art and Egalitarianism

Grudin demonstrates that Warhol's work was closely associated with the American working class. The emergent technologies which Warhol conspicuously employed to make his work -home projectors, tape recorders, film and still cameras- were advertised directly to the working class as new opportunities for cultural participation. What's more, some of Warhol's most iconic subjects "Campbell's soup", "Brillo pads", "Coca-Cola" were similarly targeted, since working-class Americans, under threat from a variety of directions, were thought to desire the security and confidence offered by national brands.


Andy Warhol: the Early Sixties

After a successful career in advertising design, Andy Warhol changed course to pursue a career in art. His concerns, however, did not change, remaining centered on the world of consumerism and mass production. This publication illuminates Warhol's early years as a painter and producer of drawings.

Andy Warhol: The Complete Commissioned Posters, 1964-1987 : Catalogue Raisonné

Throughout his career, Andy Warhol easily crossed the boundaries between fine art and graphic design; in fact, he made no distinction between art and advertising. Posters were a natural medium for this talented artist, and he was much in demand to promote some of the most renowned celebrities, causes, and brands of his time. 

Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1962-1987

Traces Warhol's complete graphic oeuvre from the first unique works on paper in 1962 through his final published portfolio in 1987. More than 1,100 works are illustrated, and complete documentation is provided for each.

Warhol's Jews

When it first appeared in 1980, Andy Warhol's Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century was adored by Jewish audiences even as it aroused antagonism from critics. Why did Warhol create this series? How did he select the figures to be portrayed? How has the passage of time reshaped the meaning of these portraits?  


Andy Warhol: The Complete Commissioned Magazine Work

This volume shows the full range of Warhol's work for magazines and includes cover art, editorial illustration, and ad work. This book explores the full story of Warhol's collaborations with some of the most influential publications of the 20th century.

Andy Warhol: Drawings and Illustrations of the 1950s

This important catalogue presents some of Warhol's earliest works, including his multiple Mona Lisa.

From Silverpoint to Silver Screen: Andy Warhol, 1950s Drawings

Andy Warhol was also a skilled draftsman, filling early sketchbooks with freehand drawings of still lifes and portraits of friends. From Silverpoint to Silver Screen brings together more than 100 of Warhol´s early drawings, from the 1950s. They show great great technical ability and are executed in Warhol´s characteristic blotted-line-technique.

Andy Warhol: Drag and Draw

This book highlights two series of little known drawings from the 1950's, drawings where Andy Warhol first explored the controversial and for him deeply personal subject of drag.

Andy Warhol Fashion

Before finding fame as the father of American Pop Art, Andy Warhol was an accomplished advertising illustrator. Hundreds of his playful, colorful and hugely influential fashion illustrations from the 1950s are collected here.

Cats, Cats, Cats

Andy Warhol produced thousands of witty, whimsical drawings. This book collects images of one of his favorite subjects, cats, accompanied by playful quotations from Warhol's books and diaries.

Andy Warhol: Drawings, 1942-1987

The most comprehensive published volumes of Warhol's drawings to date features both well-known images; fun, frivolous portraits; and still lifes, covering the artist's life and career from 1942 to 1987.


Andy Warhol. Polaroids 1958-1987

Andy Warhol was a relentless chronicler of life and its encounters. Carrying a Polaroid camera from the late 1950s until his death in 1987, he amassed a huge collection of instant pictures of friends, lovers, patrons, the famous, the obscure, the scenic, the fashionable, and himself.

Nadar/Warhol: Paris/New York

This engaging catalog features the photographic portraiture of the nineteenth-century Parisian Nadar and the twentieth-century New Yorker Andy Warhol. The two photographers have more in common than one might suppose, particularly as adroit manipulators who simultaneously promoted their own reputations and those of their subjects. Both men emerged from the Bohemia of their day to become photographers after following earlier artistic pursuits.


"Our Kind of Movie" The Films of Andy Warhol

In Our Kind of Movie Crimp shows how Warhol's films allow us to see against the grain-- to see differently and to see a different world, a world of difference.

Andy Warhol - Blow Job

A critical close-up of Warhol's famous film and its cultural impact. Peter Gidal shows how Blow Job is a film about film, about time and also about mortality.

Cover of book titled The Black Hole of the Camera

The Black Hole of the Camera

Murphy's close readings of Warhol's films illuminate his brilliant collaborations with writers, performers, other artists, and filmmakers. The book further demonstrates how Warhol's use of the camera transformed the events being filmed and how his own unique brand of psychodrama created dramatic tension within the works.

The Films of Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonne

Essays cover Warhol's influences, source material, working methods, and technical innovations, as well as his engagement with the people he filmed and how they came to life on the screen. This book illuminates the true significance of Warhol's radical experiments in film and his mastery of the medium.

Music Manager

The Velvet Underground and Nico

The Velvet Underground and Nico has influenced the sound of more bands than any other album. In this book, Joe Harvard covers everything from Lou Reed's lyrical genius to John Cale's groundbreaking instrumentation, and from the creative input of Andy Warhol to the fine details of the recording process. 

The Downtown Pop Underground

The 1960s to early '70s was a pivotal time for American culture, and New York City was ground zero for seismic shifts in music, theater, art, and filmmaking. The Downtown Pop Underground takes a kaleidoscopic tour of Manhattan during this era and shows how deeply interconnected all the alternative worlds and personalities were that flourished in the basement theaters, dive bars, concert halls, and dingy tenements within one square mile of each other.

From the Velvets to the Voidoids

History of music known as punk and New Wave from its roots in New York City in the mid-1960s, through the 1970s to today.

Rock, Counterculture and the Avant-Garde, 1966-1970

The convergence of rock music, counterculture politics and avant-garde aesthetics in the late 1960s underscored the careers of the Beatles, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, and the Velvet Underground. This book examines these artists' relationships to the historical avant-garde (Artaud, Brecht, Dada) and neo-avant-garde (Warhol, Pop Art, minimalism), considering their work in light of debates about modernism versus postmodernism.

Countercultures and Popular Music

'Counterculture' emerged as a term in the late 1960s and has been re-deployed in more recent decades in relation to other forms of cultural and socio-political phenomena. This volume provides an essential new academic scrutiny of the concept of 'counterculture' and a critical examination of the period and its heritage.

Reconstructing Pop/Subculture

Reconstructing Pop/Subculture reconnects the work of Andy Warhol, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, and glitter rock to create a better understanding of the relationships between style, youth, art, and rebellion.


Popism: The Warhol Sixties

Anecdotal, funny, frank, POPism is Warhol's personal view of the Pop phenomenon in New York in the 1960s and a look back at the relationships that made up the scene at the Factory, including his relationship with Edie Sedgwick, focus of the upcoming film Factory Girl. In the detached, back-fence gossip style he was famous for, Warhol tells all--the ultimate inside story of a decade of cultural revolution.

The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

The enigmatic, legendary Warhol makes the reader his confidant on love, sex, food, beauty, fame, work, money, success, and much more. A loosely formed autobiography, told with his trademark blend of irony and detachment, this compelling and eccentric memoir riffs and reflects on all things Warhol: New York, America, and his childhood in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, as well as the explosion of his career in the sixties, and his life among the rich and famous.

a: A Novel

Created from audiotapes recorded in and around the Factory, a: A Novel begins with the fabulous Ondine popping several amphetamines and then follows its characters as they converse with inspired, speed-driven wit and cut swaths through the clubs, coffee shops, hospitals, and whorehouses of 1960s Manhattan.

The Autobiography of a Snake

This is the story of a snake trying to make it in the world of sixties high society, strongly suggested to be a stand-in for Warhol himself. The snake's tongue-in-cheek observations as he slithers from adorning Jackie Kennedy's boots to embellishing Coco Chanel's shirt will delight the sophisticated fashion crowd. But the stars of the show are Warhol's whimsical illustrations, revivified with a color scheme inspired by his iconic Pop Art.

Movies About Warhol's Art

Andy Warhol

Biography of artist Andy Warhol accompanied by images of his greatest work. Early paintings -- Commercial art -- Silkscreens -- Marilyn Monroe -- Self-portrait -- Egg designs -- Religious art -- The last supper -- Mixed themes.

Soup Cans & Superstars: How Pop Art Changed the World

Champions Pop Art as one of the most important art forms of the 20th century, peeling back Pop's frothy, ironic surface to reveal an art style full of subversive wit and radical ideas. He brings a fresh eye to the work of Pop Art superstars Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, and tracks down Pop's pioneers. He also explores how Pop's fascination with celebrity, advertising and the mass media was part of a global art movement.

How Pop Art Changed the World

Explore the ideas, materials, colors and technologies adopted by Pop Art. Then examine how this movement created new images, shapes and forms that continue to influence artists and designers today.


Articles from Library Databases

Try searching for different combinations of keywords such as WARHOL AND SILK SCREEN or WARHOL  AND FILM, etc.

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