Andy Warhol remains an icon of the 20th century and a leading figure in the Pop Art movement. He also was an obsessive collector of things large and small, ordinary and quirky. Join us to celebrate the newly released publication, A is for Archive, featuring curated selections from Matt Wrbican (1959–2019), who was the foremost authority of Warhol’s personal collection. The new book sheds light on the artist’s work and motivations, as well as on his personality and private life. Over 2,400 objects were newly cataloged and photographed, in the process of creating this book. 420 illustrations were carefully chosen, many of which appear in print for the first time. The book also features an insightful essay by renowned art critic and Warhol biographer Blake Gopnik, as well as author of the Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné, Neil Printz.
This hour-long event will begin with an introduction to the project by Abby Franzen-Sheehan, director of publications at The Warhol, followed by a discussion with Warhol scholar, Blake Gopnik and Erin Byrne, The Warhol’s archivist. They will discuss a breadth of subjects covered in A is for Archive, including the book’s place among Warhol scholarship, and how working with the archival collection has informed Gopnik’s upcoming biography of Warhol. Objects from the book will be presented throughout the discussion offering audiences the rare experience of seeing the pages of the book come to life.