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  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (20 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714849804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714849805
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 5.7 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'With its beautiful layouts, pin-sharp reproductions and sparkling texts, this enormous 15-pound book is worth every penny of its price...The volume covers both Warhol's numerous accomplishments (in commercial illustration, advertising, painting, film) and his transformation of the New York art scene so thoroughly that even fans will gain new appreciation for Warhol's enduring influence.' (Publishers Weekly)

'A fresh insight into the private world of the ultimate showman.' (Sunday Times)

'What’s almost as good as having an Andy Warhol print on your wall? Having a huge coffee-table book stuffed full of hundreds of his photographs.' (Sunday Telegraph)

'Giant-sized genius … a must-have for all you size queens.' (Attitude)

'Giant is as close as most of us will get to owning a piece of pop art.' (Dazed & Confused)

'This Texas-sized tome is actually packed with serious research and writing ... the photographs and reproductions are sumptuous for their scale alone. Our favourite element is the accompanying ephemera, from ticket stubs, invoices and party invitations, to personal notes from celebrities such as Diana Vreeland and Halston. Giant is an archive in book form, a now essential addition to the Warhol canon. Just don't try to read it in bed!' (Kultureflash, www.kultureflash.net )

'As big as an old family bible and only marginally less instructive, though you won't find polaroids of drag queens and male nudes in the Good Book.' (Scottish Sunday Herald, (Sunday Herald magazine))

'Sheer visual pageantry.' (The Spectator)

'The book's full-size reproductions and breadth of references draw the reader into the small-print of Warhol's world.' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Highly desirable ... a work of art in itself. It's a huge, heavy, beautifully designed object, oozing class and cool from every page .... may be the ultimate coffee table book.' (Heat)

'Dazzling' (Elle)

'Will thrill any Pop Art fan.' (RA (Royal Academy of Arts) magazine)

'a visual feast which can be read or just perused for a fuller appreciation of the artist whose favoured style was 'to get it exactly wrong.'
(The Good Book Guide)

'truly astonishing ... A work of art in itself, the epic portfolio has the wow factor in spades!'
(Film Review)

About the Author

Dave Hickey is a freelance writer of fiction and cultural criticism, curator, and lecturer who has been affiliated with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas since 1992. He has written for most major American cultural publications including The Rolling Stone, Art News, Art in America, Artforum, Interview, Harper's Magazine, Vanity Fair, Nest, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times.


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Format: Hardcover
I'll try keep this short.This book is an absolute dream.Its the first Autobiograpy I've read(or started to read) that has engulfed all my senses.I saw this advertised in a magazine and thought why not.It arrived and alone the size of the packet was an indication of what to expect.The book is giant in every sense of the word.It contains many examples of Warhols works including many that most of us are completely unaware of.Its orgainsed and written like a film documentary in Hard Copy.Many people might try to pidgeon hole it in the so called "coffee table" category but its much more than this.If you do want a very special coffee table book on Warhol then this is the one for you.If you want a good read on Warhol then this is also for you.The only disadvantage is that if you want to read it in bed its a bit too heavy"Giant".

It measures 17" x 13" x 2.25" and weighs over 4 pounds.Its not one to have on your lap for any length of time.
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This is an amazing value for money book. It chronicles warhols life from birth to his death in a concise bibliographical context. There is a mass of colour photographs on each page. One need not purchase other books about his work, this has everything. Highly recommended for proffessionals and students alike.
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This huge book is over 620 pages, and a heavy hardcover, (and this is the smaller version than the one that was released in 2006). In any case, you are most likely getting everything here that appeared in the larger version,and at a very affordable price . As you will see throughout this book, the artwork of Andy Warhol dominates, but there are also many additional details from his life, such as his 1928 birth certificate, and an August 1948 $20.00 prize from the Carnegie Institute of Technology. Letters, postcards, restaurant menus, press photographs etc, all add to the full picture.

In 1948, Andy Warhol produced his very first commercial illustration, which is here too. His early line drawings are shown, as well as mementos from a 1956 trip to Europe and Asia. As early as 1957, his distinctive style is starting to become evident, as in a line drawing "Standing Male Torso."
There is a polite letter of rejection from the Museum of Modern Art in New York, dated 1956, after he had submitted a drawing of a shoe, but by 1960 he was earning royalties from MOMA for cards he was selling through the museum.

By 1961, we see images of Superman and Dick Tracy, and his trademark screenprint repeated images appear in 1962, of the iconic Campbells soup cans, and of Warren Beatty, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, and Jackie Kennedy all caught his attention around this time.
The Death and Disaster series followed, with images of the electric chair, air disaster, poisoning victims, suicide, and car accident victims.
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If you are looking for a big Warhol book get this one. It is large format, and crammed full of photos and artwork.
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King sized visual bio weighs a ton but is worth crushing your lap to read, with vast array of images and photos covering Andy Warhol's life. 2,000 images, lots of lovely of lovely ephemera. Highly recommended.
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Since I saw the original GIANT book I really wanted to have it, but the size which is about A3 maybe even bigger and the high price 60 pound kept me from getting it.
Now this smaller edition came out, it a good size A4 The pictures look still great even if they are a little smaller,
I love this version and it is still a HB
Nerver saw so many pictures of Andy in one book.
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It's really, really good. Buy it. Do yourself a favour. Just do it. Go on...order it now. You'll be happier
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