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Publisher's Summary

In his bravura account of Warhol's life and work, scholar and culture critic Wayne Koestenbaum gets past the contradictions and reveals the man behind the blond wig and dark glasses. Nimbly weaving brilliant and witty analysis into an absorbing narrative, Koestenbaum makes a convincing case for Warhol as a serious artist, one whose importance goes beyond the '60s. Focusing on Warhol's provocative, powerful films (many of which have been out of circulation since their initial release), Koestenbaum shows that Warhol's oeuvre, in its variety of forms (films, silkscreens, books, "happenings", and so on), maintains a striking consistency of theme: Warhol discovered in classic American images (Brillo boxes, Campbell soup cans, Marilyn's face) a secret history, the eroticism of time and space.
©2001 Wayne Koestenbaum; (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Koestenbaum's highly regarded biography makes its way onto [audio] courtesy of the excellent narration of Arthur Addison." (Library Journal)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Doing-fine-in-FLA on 09-09-05

Entertaining but not discriminating

Wayne Koestenbaum looks past Warhols blond wig but he sees through rose-colored glasses. This worthwhile and entertaining book fails to balance criticism of Warhols failures with its gushing praise of his successes. Koestenbaums analysis of Warhols work in various media does not substantiate his wholesale acceptance of them. Nevertheless, the book orients the wide spectrum of Warhols prolific vision and influence in Art History.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Svitlana on 06-27-15

about movies, not paintings

What did you love best about Andy Warhol?

Ability to make money.

Would you ever listen to anything by Wayne Koestenbaum again?


What three words best describe Arthur Addison’s voice?

Put your into sleep while driving long distance.

Any additional comments?

This book is mostly about Warhol's movies, not 2D work. His movies were extremely boring, so the book is boring too.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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