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The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again (Penguin Modern Classics) [Paperback]

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1 Feb 2007 Penguin Modern Classics

The autobiography of an American icon, Andy Warhol's The Philosophy of Andy Warhol is published in Penguin Modern Classics.

'I never think that people die. They just go to department stores'

Andy Warhol - American painter, filmmaker, publisher, actor and major figure in the Pop Art movement - was in many ways a reluctant celebrity. Here, in his autobiography, he spills his secrets and muses about love, sex, food, beauty, fame, work, money, success, New York and America and its place in the world. But it is his reflections on himself, his childhood in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, the explosion of his career in the Sixties and his life among celebrities - from working with Elizabeth Taylor to partying with the Rolling Stones - that give a true insight into the mind of one of the most iconic figures in twentieth-century culture.

Andy Warhol (1928-1987), was an American painter, filmmaker, publisher, actor, and a major figure in the Pop Art movement. He also produced a significant body of film work, including the famous Chelsea Girls; characterised the epoch with the now-famous expression 'fifteen minutes of fame'; produced the first album by The Velvet Underground; and was nearly killed just two days before the assassination of JFK.

If you enjoyed The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, you might like 100 Artists' Manifestos, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.

'Acute. Accurate. Mr Warhol's usual amazing candor. A constant entertainment and enlightenment'

Truman Capote


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (1 Feb 2007)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 014118910X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141189109
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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'Acute. Accurate. Mr Warhol's usual amazing candor. A constant
entertainment and enlightenment'
-- Truman Capote

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Andy Warhol (1928-1987), was an American painter, filmmaker,
publisher, actor, and a major figure in the Pop Art movement. He also
produced a significant body of film work, including the famous Chelsea
Girls. Equally well known in the late Sixties and early Seventies as
resident host at his studio, the Factory. Andy Warhol died following gall
bladder surgery, in New York on the 22nd February 1987. As Warhol said: 'I
never think that people die. They just go to department stores.'

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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This book reveals interesting and paradoxically profound aspects of Warhol, a man whose reputation for shallowness and whose self-confessedly mercenary approach to art can be offputting.
His philosophy is to question the nature of art and of beauty itself.He does that in print here as he does elsewhere in paint and film. He neatly highlights and passes back to the reader for re-examination the differentiations commonly made between art and artefact, between intimate and public, between personal and mass-produced.
There speaks a naked and entertaining truthfulness from the page and there is a refusal to deal in the euphemism and pretention which pervade much art criticism. It's also very funny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Turns your mind upside-down 2 Dec 1998
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This is one of my 5 favorite books of all time. I'm not a huge fan of Andy's art, but his PHILOSOPHIES are AMAZING! He's got such a creative mind. Willing to look at things from underneath instead of only from the front. Such great thoughts as, "If there's one person I would really like to put on retainer it would be a boss. Someone that tells you what to do so you don't need to make all of your own decisions." And, "The best space is an empty space. I feel bad making art for a living - which really just wastes all that wonderful empty space. The only thing better than an empty room is an empty room with a little hole in the wall that looks over into another empty room." These might not be the best examples, but just two off the top of my head. His little commentaries on life will open your mind & hopefully cause you to look at your own daily life in your own twisted philosophies. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 28 Oct 2007
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This book is a strange beast, but never fails to interest whether you dip into a section or read it from cover to cover as I did. Warhol didn't actually write the book, just as he didn't actually paint most of his works himself. He had a tape recorder into which he poured his thoughts, and an assistant with whom he worked to transcribe and edit what he chose to publish. The book is made up of sections rather than chapters, as it has no real narrative thread. Each section is given a title such as money or art, and Warhol simply reels forth his ideology, thoughts and musings on the subject. Luckily he was an extremely odd man with an unusual way of looking at the world, which is what makes the book so entertaining. He had a fascinating relationship with his art and the people around him and enough wit and humour to take the edge of what might otherwise come across as highly pretentious musings. If you want to know about Warhol and what his art means, this is as good a place as any to start.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting insight 12 Oct 2011
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This book is a wonderful insight into the everday life of this unusual and sometimes very amusing man. I was very interested in his take on glamour - the way he was a sucker for its lure, but was critical of others for doing the same - especially the 'glamour of the artist'. Great stuff!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Whatever you think of Andy Warhol, 20 years after his death and 3+ decades after this little book was written, he remains an inescapable figure in the arts scene. This witty book is difficult not to like, full of clever musings about life and art. You'll want to keep turning back to it and pass it on to friends to enjoy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful...Wonderful 20 April 1999
By A Customer
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Warhols perspective is fabulous and covers a variety of topic from love to beauty to fame. A philosopher, a filmaker an artist. Andy's insight into life is more brillant then any thing learned in philsophy 101.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely 4 April 2014
By Magda
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A book that gives many hints about the philosophy of Andy. Is has some details from his life consideration that help you in a way understand how he became what he became, howhe overcame tne difficulties that apeared in his life and made them opportunities for his artistic point of view
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read 8 May 2013
By elina
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As an Andy Warhol fan, I was extremely pleased with this book. Very insightful and a great source of inspiration.
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