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Andy Warhol (1928-1987) is recognized today as the high priest of Pop Art and a widely influential figure in modern culture. This Spanish-language book explores his artistry, spotlighting his most important work and ideas, from the famous Campbell's Soup and Brillo series to his extraordinary elimination of the artist from the manufacture of art.


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Andy Warhol (1928-1987) is recognized today as the high priest of Pop Art and a widely influential figure in modern culture. This Spanish-language book explores his artistry, spotlighting his most important work and ideas, from the famous Campbell's Soup and Brillo series to his extraordinary elimination of the artist from the manufacture of art.

30 review for Andy Warhol, 1928-1987: Commerce Into Art

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sotiris Makrygiannis

    Without knowing much about him, it is what the book description says: the elimination of the artists from art. The guy had a marketing eye and jobs, his famous "Images" are actually consumer products, he is the root of the consumerism that we see today? Probably. His trick very simple, playing with the negatives of popular images, something that a growth hacker will do today with newsjacking. Also back in the 60-70s the LSD culture gave those purplish colors, so consumer products OR popular imag Without knowing much about him, it is what the book description says: the elimination of the artists from art. The guy had a marketing eye and jobs, his famous "Images" are actually consumer products, he is the root of the consumerism that we see today? Probably. His trick very simple, playing with the negatives of popular images, something that a growth hacker will do today with newsjacking. Also back in the 60-70s the LSD culture gave those purplish colors, so consumer products OR popular image + the colors of the drug culture of the time + multiplication of image frame x3 or x4 times = Andy Warhol

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cecily

    Except for the Marilyns, I find Warhol's work overrated.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gayle

    Andy Warhol was one of the first artists I cared about enough to read about. I have heaps of books by and on Warhol. This was my first and still my favourite. Mine is hardback with Mick Jagger on the front though.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mochizuki

    This lively monograph traces Warhol's meteoric rise from commercial artist to celebrated Pop artist/icon. His use of silkscreen revolutionized the process for generations of artists to follow.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Samuel Oktavianus

    Andy Warhol, 1928-1987: Commerce Into Art is an art book written by Klaus Honnef, a German art historian/professor. This book is Honnef's attempt to summarize Andy Warhol's life & works in less than 100 pages—which is remarkable since the book's first word goes something like this: all of Warhol's documented life that has ever existed today, if laid end to end, would reach halfway around the world. The book also contains many high-quality illustrations and images too, like any other TASCHEN publ Andy Warhol, 1928-1987: Commerce Into Art is an art book written by Klaus Honnef, a German art historian/professor. This book is Honnef's attempt to summarize Andy Warhol's life & works in less than 100 pages—which is remarkable since the book's first word goes something like this: all of Warhol's documented life that has ever existed today, if laid end to end, would reach halfway around the world. The book also contains many high-quality illustrations and images too, like any other TASCHEN publications. Honnef narrates Warhol's life, beginning from his early life as a struggling commercial artist to becoming an iconic American pop artist/showbiz. Essentially, the book is about how Warhol redefined "art" into something modern (marketable). I love the part about his thought process & philosophy. I can understand why some people still despise Warhol even today—he literally sampled the "original" and turned it into something of his invention. He is, for lack of a better term, an art thief—a genius art thief that has left the art world in shock. In summary, this book is for anyone wanting to spare maybe 2-4 hours of his time to explore Andy Warhol's life and works in less than 100 pages.

  6. 5 out of 5

    CM

    What I learnt from this book: The work and life of Andy Warhol, and books of the same series can be some distinct species. Like Mark Rothko, here we have big panels of reproductions of the artist's work and brief chapters of biography. Unlike that book, the biography is not as accessible and the interpretation part, which is sparse in the previous book, seems to be a bit overblown here. After introducing two video works of Warhol, Sleep and Empire [two works with very little to look at, unless you What I learnt from this book: The work and life of Andy Warhol, and books of the same series can be some distinct species. Like Mark Rothko, here we have big panels of reproductions of the artist's work and brief chapters of biography. Unlike that book, the biography is not as accessible and the interpretation part, which is sparse in the previous book, seems to be a bit overblown here. After introducing two video works of Warhol, Sleep and Empire [two works with very little to look at, unless you want to stare at a guy sleeping or the Empire State Building for hours], the author suggests: "[The way Warhol filmed it] made them strikingly immediate and fresh. If the cinemagoer really concentrated and become involved in these films, they had an incredibly forceful effect. Offering utterly meaningless trivia, they took an attentive audience out of the real world of purpose and constraint and induced a mood bordering on the ecstatic - whilst still in a state of consciousness. Warhol's film build up an explosive effect and alive, seen against the background of the narrative film tradition of Hollywood and its cliche cinema. Consciously ignoring every rule, Warhol unmasks them as empty shells filled with a manifest and lively reality. And yet his films would be unthinkable without the traditional film hold them up against; they are shaped by their deliberate contrast to the Hollywood approach and benefit from its myths." This kind of (over?)interpretation is quite common in the second half of the book. To me, there is a fine line separating art criticism from marketing copy in auction-house catalogues ...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Marzia_Nicole

    The book is well written and managed to convey an accurate description of Andy Warhol and its art without lingering on myths and gossips. Having said that, I struggled to finish it. Perhaps because I don't particularly like Warhol's art, apart from a few revolutionary works. But this is all down to personal taste.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Cassidy

    Informative with great insight into Andy Warhol's life, art and motivations. It was dry in feeling though, and read more like a tradition school textbook because of the lack of engagement it offered.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Zacary Ryan

    Does this romanticize Warhol's life and over inflate the importance and artistic merits of Warhol's art? Probably. Does this deliver a basic overview of Warhol's life and artistic progression while showing you lots of pretty pictures? Yes. That's really all I wanted, so I'm happy with it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gemma Cubero Bonet

    3,5

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jelena Nemet

    “People should fall in love with their eyes closed. Just close your eyes. Don’t look and it’s magic”

  12. 4 out of 5

    Coralie MIchon

    Warhol is an amazing artist. I especially love his work of Jackie Kennedy, my idol. This book had a lot of information about non only the art he made, but why he made it that way, his inspirations, his motives, his life. That collection of book is incredible and I think i might start to collect all of them!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Eric Aguirre

    Este libro explica y representa el arte de Andy Warhol desde sus inicios hasta su muerte. Su obra es más compleja de lo que aparenta a primera vista. Warhol es un observador desapasionado de la cultura norteamericana. Su obra critica; pero también celebra la cultura del hiperconsumo, muestra el temor a la muerte y a la vida, santifica a los famosos y glorifica la indiferencia. Su obra es una repetición temática y estilística que raya en la monotonía. Pero esto tiene un propósito conceptual muy b Este libro explica y representa el arte de Andy Warhol desde sus inicios hasta su muerte. Su obra es más compleja de lo que aparenta a primera vista. Warhol es un observador desapasionado de la cultura norteamericana. Su obra critica; pero también celebra la cultura del hiperconsumo, muestra el temor a la muerte y a la vida, santifica a los famosos y glorifica la indiferencia. Su obra es una repetición temática y estilística que raya en la monotonía. Pero esto tiene un propósito conceptual muy bien elaborado. Sus cuadros nos obligan a detenernos y reflexionar sobre la realidad. La sobre exposición de imágenes en los medios de comunicación puede llegar a producir un efecto hipnótico y sedante. Es embriagadora y seductora la idea del sueño americano, pero nuestro artista nos dice que ese sueño oculta una cara oscura. La idea de ser famoso esta muy arraigada en la psiquis del pueblo norteamericano, pero también es una obsesión de occidente. Recibir reconocimiento y ser exitoso a toda costa es un tema recurrente en la obra de Warhol. Los cuadros "Thirteen most wanted man" demuestran que para ser famoso puedes valerte de cualquier medio, inclusive ser un asesino. El arte de Warhol esta rodeada de muerte por todos lados. La carrera incesante por conseguir bienes materiales nos aleja de las ideas de mortalidad. Los productos cosméticos, las ropa glamorosa y la fama, son promesas de juventud, belleza y vida eterna. Su obra es pura y solamente superficie, inclusive Warhol quería también ser así. Mucha superficie y nada de contenido. Con tecnologías como Facebook, Twitter e Instagram el mundo se ha convertido en pura superficie. Es sorprendente lo adelantado que estaba el artista de Pittsburgh a su época. Tenía un sexto sentido para detectar hacia donde se dirigía la cultura. Su frase: "en el futuro todos tendrán 15 minutos de fama" hoy es más relevante que nunca, solo que hoy en día la fama dura mucho más que 15 minutos.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas

    This book has the perfect balance of artwork & relevant information, unlike some of the other art books I've read. Honestly I didn't expect the book to include a deep analysis of Warhol himself and his views, I thought it would just cover the obvious things typical of art books, but it does delve into the life of an artist living in New York and the significance of being there during the early 60's and so on. It provides a detailed look at Warhols life from beginning to end, his techniques. his This book has the perfect balance of artwork & relevant information, unlike some of the other art books I've read. Honestly I didn't expect the book to include a deep analysis of Warhol himself and his views, I thought it would just cover the obvious things typical of art books, but it does delve into the life of an artist living in New York and the significance of being there during the early 60's and so on. It provides a detailed look at Warhols life from beginning to end, his techniques. his influences and what went on during certain time periods. The pages that analysed and explained the reasonings behind his work were so eye opening that I have an even deeper respect for the genius he was. If you like, love or even hate Warhol, you should read this, because I think a lot of his work is taken as it is, when really he had an entirely different meaning behind the majority of it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jack Ferreira

    This is was such a simple book to get right. But somehow the author went about it in completely the wrong way. From the writing wich was bland to the layout wich was confusing. I really don't understand why the author didn't put certain paintings on the actual page where he talks about them. Most of the time when he mentions one we are given the page where he put it and we are constantly having to interrupt ourselves and flick through the pages yet again to find out what hes talking about. Very pe This is was such a simple book to get right. But somehow the author went about it in completely the wrong way. From the writing wich was bland to the layout wich was confusing. I really don't understand why the author didn't put certain paintings on the actual page where he talks about them. Most of the time when he mentions one we are given the page where he put it and we are constantly having to interrupt ourselves and flick through the pages yet again to find out what hes talking about. Very peculiar.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aja

    Really good and succinct. Gives you a great over view of Warhol's work and the message he was constantly striving to convey through his different mediums. The writing is good but extremely unpretentious, which is important when writing about Warhol's work. Some come to the table assuming that the work is shallow and the art has no meaning. But I learned a ton about Warhol and have even more respect for him than before.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    Though I'm biased against Warhol's works—if only due to a gross overexposure—Klaus Honnef's work does a decent job of chronicling his life and works. Although, it seems bereft of something. The author seems a bit superficial in his prose and even just a bit blasé. Though I suppose that's not so unlike the would-be iconoclast he's covering.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I read this for the illustrations as a companion to The Trip: Andy Warhol's Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure. It was quite helpful. I believe I bought it in a museum store when I was in NYC some years ago. I read this for the illustrations as a companion to The Trip: Andy Warhol's Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure. It was quite helpful. I believe I bought it in a museum store when I was in NYC some years ago.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Dry. Dry as a bone, parched - as in left out in the desert for weeks and months, with nary a drop of water, gasping for some smallest whiff of moisture. C'mon, Warhol was an INTERESTING figure, to say the very least! To treat him in a purely academic fashion does injustice to an artist that people love to revile and love to love. Nice reproductions, though.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Debra Komar

    A lightening fast read - 92 pages in all, only half with text - but richly illustrated. Honnef avoids the trap of "art speak," offering a brief biography and an overview of Warhol and his significance that is accessible yet still knowledgeable.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Eleana

    Okay so this was pretty interesting but very hard to read because basically each sentence was like 3-5 lines long without much punctuation. This kinda made everything hard to understand and I'm pretty sure I read each sentence in this book atleast twice.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Viktoria

    "Warhol ate up the whole world like a greedy man afraid of life as a result of his hidden fear of death... He kept everything he could get his hands on. He wanted to stretch time to eternity. When death overtook him he was already a legend."

  23. 5 out of 5

    Daniele Vickers

    Very difficult to read because of the scarcity of punctuation.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Taylor W. Rushing

    A great representation of his art. Lacked anything from his drag queen series which was a bummer.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Allan Heufemann

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nancy F

  27. 4 out of 5

    Judyta

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alice Eichler

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gary Jayne-whatever

  30. 4 out of 5

    Seraya

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