Andy Warhol: A Retrospective

Robert Rosenblum, Author, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Author, Marco Livingstone, Author
Robert Rosenblum, Author, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Author, Marco Livingstone, Author Museum of Modern Art $39.98 (479p) ISBN 978-0-87070-680-6
Reviewed on: 05/01/1990
Release date: 05/01/1990
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, 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. (Apr.)
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