Andy: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol; A Factual Fairytale

SelfMadeHero. Oct. 2018. 562p. ISBN 9781910593585. pap. $34.99. BIOG
The life of pop artist Andy Warhol (1928–87) has been explored numerous times, but never with the attention to detail and artistic audacity that Typex (Rembrandt) delivers in this gorgeously designed, fully approved new biography. Beginning with Warhol's early life as the son of working-class immigrants in Pittsburgh and continuing through his years as a commercial artist before achieving celebrity status, collaborating with pioneering rock group the Velvet Underground, and leaving an indelible mark on American culture, Typex renders each chapter in this massive volume in a distinct illustration style. Brilliant page design, striking typography, and a dizzying array of narrative techniques abound, fleshing out Warhol's evolution as an artist and a man. Featuring cameos from a who's who of 20th-century artists, musicians, and people pretty much famous owing to their proximity to Warhol, or because he decided they should be.
VERDICT The meticulous level of research is almost a hindrance, as the story sometimes seems to move at the pace of real life. But as an art object, it's unlikely to be outdone by any new release any time soon.

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