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