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Past Exhibition Warhol By the Book

October 10, 2015–January 10, 2016


In the Bottom of My Garden, 1956
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Andy Warhol’s work in the medium of books provides a surprising look into the artist’s creativity and his ideas about art.

This exhibition presents Warhol’s book work, from early student-work illustrations of the late 1940s, through to his careers as a commercial artist in the 1950s, Pop fine artist and underground filmmaker in the 1960s, and photographer and Pop culture icon of the 1970s–80s.

Warhol constantly experimented in his work, and this freedom is also evident in his books, which often defy and question the common notion of what a book can be. While he authored many books (in collaboration with his assistants), these efforts are usually ignored, though they provide a valuable window into Warhol’s creative interests. This exhibition provides a nearly complete overview of Warhol’s work for books, including unfinished projects, original drawings, manuscripts, and other materials that reveal his processes in their creation. Many of the books are presented on digital tablets, as well as the original printed editions, to allow for a more complete experience of the books.

Warhol By the Book is curated by Chief Archivist Matt Wrbican.

This exhibition is supported in part by Affirmation Arts Fund.