As It Turns Out: Thinking About Edie and Andy

Farrar. Aug. 2022. 272p. ISBN 9780374604684. $28. ARTS
A biography/memoir of actress and model Edie Sedgwick (1943–71), one of the superstars of Andy Warhol’s art films. Wohl (one of Sedgwick’s sisters) speculates on the way a young Edie was impacted by their upbringing, by an abrasive father on the family’s isolated Southern California ranch. But the book’s first section is only peripherally about Edie; there’s more focus on the large, wealthy, and dysfunctional family she was born into. This book also shows how Sedgwick’s and Warhol’s lives intersected for an intense period of time. In fact, Wohl’s hyper-focus on Edie’s time in New York with Warhol seems a little tedious but does offer a perspective on how groundbreaking Warhol was and how Sedgwick was involved in his art making. Wohl concludes with thoughts from others about how influential and evocative Edie was.
VERDICT This is a good recommendation for those who like to read about family dynasties, the mid-century modern New York art world, or people who have a lasting fifteen minutes of fame.
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