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Warhol, Andy (Subject/Artist) & Koestenbaum, Wayne (Author). ANDY WARHOL: A PENGUIN LIFE. New York City, NY: Viking/Penguin Books, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 224 pages. As New/As New.

Book-length account on subject. The single most idiosyncratic and illuminating biography on Andy Warhol ever written in our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only and as part of the now-legendary "Penguin Lives" Series that sold out shortly after publication. A surprise bestseller, the book remains available in multiple subsequent printings. The First Edition is now rare. Presents, in a compact collectible volume, Wayne Koestenbaum's "Andy Warhol". "The Sixties were the sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll era, and Andy Warhol was its cultural icon. Painter, filmmaker, photographer, philosopher, Warhol was both celebrity and celebrant, the man who put the 'pop' in art. His studio, The Factory, where his free-spirited cast of 'superstars' mingled with The Rich and Famous, was Ground Zero for the explosions that rocked American cultural life. And yet for all his fame, Warhol was an enigma: A participant in the excesses of his time who remained a faithful churchgoer, a nearly inarticulate man who was also a great aphorist ('In the future, everybody will be famous for fifteen minutes'), an artist whose body of work sizzles with sexuality but whose own body was a source of shame and self-hatred. In his bravura account of Warhol's life and work, scholar and culture critic Wayne Koestenbaum gets past the contradictions and reveals the man beneath 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 Sixties. 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), maintains a striking consistency of theme: Warhol discovered in classic American images (Brillo boxes, Campbell soup cans, Marilyn's face) a secret history, the erotics of time and space" (Publisher's blurb). Only Warhol could have imagined Andy. Only Koestenbaum could have written "Andy Warhol". An absolute "must-have" title for Wayne Koestenbaum and Andy Warhol collectors. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: All other copies available online are subsequent printings. A rare copy thus. One of the greatest artists of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANDY WARHOL AND WAYNE KOESTENBAUM TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0670030007. $80.00

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