READING ANDY WARHOL
Was Andy Warhol an intellectual or rather a comic-book reader? That the most famous proponent of Pop Art had a very close affinity to books to this day is not even known to many connoisseurs. The exhibition at the Museum Brandhorst is the first to show that Warhol continuously worked on books from his student days in the 1940s until his death in 1987.
While still a student he made illustrations after famous novels. As a successful graphic artist he created entertaining thematic booklets in the ’50s that he distributed in the New York fashion world as promotional gifts. It was not long before Warhol received commissions from major publishers such as Doubleday and New Directions to design book covers and illustrate cookery or children’s books.
In this chronologically structured show the books designed by Warhol reveal a surprisingly unknown facet of the famous artist. Holdings of artists’ book in the Brandhorst Collection include copies of the most important artists’ books from the 1950s as well as several photo books. Complementing these, key exhibits will be on loan from the first-rate holdings of Warhol’s works at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich.
Foto: © 2013 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York