Exhibition — Reading Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol’s Index (Book) — published by Random House, NY, 1967

Andy Warhol’s Index (Book) — pub­lished by Ran­dom House, NY, 1967

On Steptem­ber 18th, 2013 opens Read­ing Andy War­hol an exhib­i­tion on Andy Warhol’s prin­ted mat­ters at Museum Brand­horst in Munich…

Was Andy War­hol an intel­lec­tu­al or rather a com­ic-book read­er? That the most fam­ous pro­ponent of Pop Art had a very close affin­ity to books to this day is not even known to many con­nois­seurs. The exhib­i­tion at the Museum Brand­horst is the first to show that War­hol con­tinu­ously worked on books from his stu­dent days in the 1940s until his death in 1987. While still a stu­dent he made illus­tra­tions after fam­ous nov­els. As a suc­cess­ful graph­ic artist he cre­ated enter­tain­ing them­at­ic book­lets in the ’50s that he dis­trib­uted in the New York fash­ion world as pro­mo­tion­al gifts. It was not long before War­hol received com­mis­sions from major pub­lish­ers such as Doubleday and New Dir­ec­tions to design book cov­ers and illus­trate cook­ery or children’s books. Dur­ing the first few years in the Fact­ory, the artist – who had since ris­en to fame – gave writer-friends silk­screen prints and pho­tos for their poetry books. Togeth­er with oth­er artists in the Fact­ory, he went on to make illus­trated volumes using pho­to­graphs and film mater­i­al cre­ated there. Based on audio tape record­ings he also wrote texts that pushed back the bound­ar­ies of con­ven­tion­al lit­er­ary genres and, at the same time, shaped the image War­hol cre­ated for him­self and that con­di­tions the way his work is received to this day. In this chro­no­lo­gic­ally struc­tured show the books designed by War­hol reveal a sur­pris­ingly unknown facet of the fam­ous artist.”
 — Dr. Nina Schleif

Museum Brand­horst
Ther­esi­en­strasse 35a
80333 Munich

Septem­ber 18th, 2013 to Janu­ary 12th, 2014