In 1961 a fashionable commercial artist named Andy Warhol created an artistic furor in New York with his deadpan versions of the Campbells Soup can. Since then he has become the most talked about but least understood artist of the late 20th century. Warhol made acceptable the use of industrial techniques in the creation of paintings obsessed with modern clichscar crashes, Coke bottles, sex symbols such as Marilyn Monroe and Liz Taylor. At the same time, his films Blowjob, Sleep, Chelsea Girls, Lonesome Cowboys forced us to look at the object/subject, transformed the bizarre into the banal, and remade the form and content of cinematic experiment and production.Originally published in 1971, Peter Gidals Andy Warhol was the first book written on Warhols films and paintings, a concise and astute analysis of an artistic revolution. Idol of the jet set, trend-maker, superstar, Warhol was taken at more than face value in Gidals unconventional and insightful exploration. Twenty years later, Andy Warhol remains a seminal text, essential for a serious understanding of the artist and the work.
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