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The definitive biography of a fascinating and paradoxical figure, one of the most influential artists of his—or any—age  

To this day, mention the name “Andy Warhol” to almost anyone and you’ll hear about his famous images of soup cans and Marilyn Monroe. But though Pop Art became synonymous with Warhol’s name and dominated the public’s image of him, his life and work are infinitely more complex and multi-faceted than that.

 In Warhol, esteemed art critic Blake Gopnik takes on Andy Warhol in all his depth and dimensions. “The meanings of his art depend on the way he lived and who he was,” as Gopnik writes. “That’s why the details of his biography matter more than for almost any cultural figure,” from his working-class Pittsburgh upbringing as the child of immigrants to his early career in commercial art to his total immersion in the “performance” of being an artist, accompanied by global fame and stardom—and his attempted assassination.  

The extent and range of Warhol’s success, and his deliberate attempts to thwart his biographers, means that it hasn’t been easy to put together an accurate or complete image of him. But in this biography, unprecedented in its scope and detail as well as in its access to Warhol’s archives, Gopnik brings to life a figure who continues to fascinate because of his contradictions—he was known as sweet and caring to his loved ones but also a coldhearted manipulator; a deep-thinking avant-gardist but also a true lover of schlock and kitsch; a faithful churchgoer but also an eager sinner, skeptic, and cynic.

Wide-ranging and immersive, Warhol gives us the most robust and intricate picture to date of a man and an artist who consistently defied easy categorization and whose life and work continue to profoundly affect our culture and society today.

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ISBN-13: 9780062298409
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/28/2020
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 976
Sales rank: 770,026
File size: 66 MB
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About the Author

Blake Gopnik, one of North America’s leading arts writers, has served as art and design critic at Newsweek, and as chief art critic at the Washington Post and Canada’s Globe and Mail. In 2017, he was a Cullman Center Fellow in residence at the New York Public Library, and in 2015 he held a fellowship at the Leon Levy Center for Biography at City University of New York. He has a PhD in art history from Oxford University and is a regular contributor to the New York Times.

Table of Contents

Prelude: Death 1

Chapter 1 (1928-1934) 5





Chapter 2 (1934-1945) 21

Family Life



The Carnegie Institute

Schenley High

College Bound

Chapter 3 (1945-1947) 41

Fine Arts at Carnegie Tech

Classmates and Teachers

A Dose of Failure

Window Dressing

Gay Life and Its Dangers

Artistic Role Models

Chapter 4 (1947-1949) 65

Dada and Film at Tech

Outlines Gallery and the Avant-Garde

Star Student

Origins of the Blotted Line

New York Horizons

Chapter 5 (1949) 83

First New York Digs and Contracts

Fashion Magazines, Record Covers, Book Jackets

Chapter 6 (1949-1951) 93

Franziska Boas and the Bohemian Life

A Starving-Artist Commune

Tommy Jackson and a First Flirtation

Living Solo and Hunting for Work

Chapter 7 (1951-1952) 111

New Luxuries

Otto Fenn

Stalking Capote

Julia Warhola Arrives

Commercial Success

Whimsical Chapbooks

Chapter 8 (1952-1954) 131

Hugo Gallery and an Homage to Capote

To Lower Lexington

The Cats

The First Boyfriend

The First Wig

Chapter 9 (1954-1955) 145

Serendipity Café

Coloring Parties


The Loft Gallery

Chapter 10 (1955-1956) 155

Window Display

Shoes Shoes Shoes

Nathan Gluck Arrives

The Bodley Gallery

Chapter 11 (1956-1959) 171


Charles Lisanby

The World Tour

Compulsive Shopping

Edward Wallowitch

Ray Johnson

The Foot Book

A Silver Décor for the Theater

1,000 Names and Where to Drap Them

Chapter 12 (1960-1961) 193

The New Town House


Art Collecting

Judson Church Performances

Emile de Antonio

The Threat of Photography

An Art-Market Boom

Chapter 13 (1961) 209

Window Props Become Pop Art

Yves Klein

Ivan Karp and Henry Geldzahler Visit the Studio

Birth of the Soup Cans

Chapter 14 (1961-1962) 233

Youth Culture

Faux Innocence

The Critical Reception of Pop

Chapter 15 (1962) 247

Warhol, a "New Talent"

Hunt for a Gallery

Painting Money

Soup Cans in Los Angeles

Martha Jackson Cancels a Show

The Stable Gallery Steps Up

Chapter 16 (1962) 267

Birth of the Silkscreen

Liz Taylor and Baseball

"New Realists" and the Launch of Pop

Marilyn at the Stable

Chapter 17 (1963) 289

The Firehouse

Death and Disasters

Costumes for The Beast in Me

Photo Booth Portraits

A Portrait of Ethel Scull

Mona Lisa

Chapter 18 (1963) 305

Gerard Malanga Starts Work

Downtown Poets


Downtown Filmmakers

Home Movies with Jack Smith in Old Lyme

John Giorno in Sleep


The Put-On

Chapter 19 (1963) 329

Elvis and Liz in Los Angeles

Driving to L.A.

Hollywood Reception and Marcel Duchamp

Taylor Mead and Naomi Levine in Tarzan

Mourning J.F.K.


The Haircuts

Chapter 20 (1964) 353

Finding the Factory

Screen Tests

Billy Name

The Factory, Silvered

Boxes at the Stable Gallery

Chapter 21 (1964) 371

The First Factory Party

Most Wanted Men for the World's Fair

A Raunchy Couch and Blow Job

The Empire State Building, Observed


Chapter 22 (1964) 391

From Eleanor Ward to Leo Castelli

Stipend Stability

Baby Jane Holzer, Girl of the Year

Soap Opera

Pop Goes Mainstream

Chapter 23 (1965) 405

An Anti-Christmas Tree

Film Accolades

Speed Freaks

Henry Geldzahler Smokes a Cigar

Philip Fagan, First of the Live-in Lovers

30 Films in One Year

Movies and the Death of Painting

Chapter 24 (1965) 425

Edie Sedgwick

To Paris with Friends


Andy and Edie, Fashion Twins

The Striped Shirt

The Birth of Video Art: Outer and Inner Space

Warhol Fan Clubs

A Celebrity, At Last

Chapter 25 (1965) 445

Factory Rivalries

New Arrivals: Paul Morrissey, Brigid Berlin, Bibbe Hansen

Too Many Parties

My Hustler

Danny Williams Moves In, Then Out

Chapter 26 (1965) 463

Andymania at the Philadelphia I.C.A.

Warhol Sculpts His Persona

Chapter 27 (1966) 479

The Velvet Underground

Rocking a Dinner for Shrinks

Fall of Edie, Rise of Ingrid Superstar

Chapter 28 (1966) 493

The Exploding Plastic Inevitable

New Warholians: Mary Woronov, Susan Bottomly, Susan Pile

The End of Illustration

Money Worries, and Hopes

A Velvet Underground Album

Chapter 29 (1966) 507

Silver Clouds and Wallpaper Cows

Julia Warhola at Home, and Ailing

Richard Rheem Moves In, Then Out

Chapter 30 (1966) 519

Repetition as an Art Supply

A Portrait of Holly Solomon

Clouds and Cows Cross the Country

A Boston Retrospective

The Velvets on Tour

"You're In" Perfume

Jane Heir, A Failed Feature Film

The Birth of Chelsea Girls

Chapter 31 (1967) 539

Max's Kansas City

Flesh on Film: Bike Boy and Nude Restaurant

A Crumbling Factory

Rod La Rod

The Andy Warhol Story

Superstar Russian Roulette

Chapter 32 (1967) 553

Dead-End Art

Prints, A New Income Stream

Chelsea Girls Goes National, and to Cannes

Thirteen Most Wanted Men in Paris

End of the Velvets

Chapter 33 (1967) 567

Four Stars-25 Hours of Film

A: a novel-24 Hours of Talk

Andy Warhol's Index (Book)

A Fake Lecture Tour

Exit Gerard Malanga

The Silver Factory Shuts Down

Chapter 34 (1968) 587

A New Studio on Union Square

Lonesome Cowboys in Arizona

Order Replaces Chaos

Last of the Factory Crowd

Fancy Fred Hughes

A Survey in Sweden

Chapter 35 (1968) 609

Valerie Solanas

SCUM Manifesto

I, a Man

The Shooting

The Hospital

The Arrest

Chapter 36 (1968) 625


Security at the Studio

Midnight Cowboy

Solanas and the Feminists

Flesh and the Business of Film

New(Super-)Stars: Joe Dallesandro and a Transgendered Trio

Chapter 37 (1968) 641

Home from the Hospital

Editing Lonesome Cowboys

100 Happy Rockefellers

Julia in Decline

Jed Johnson Moves In

Back in the Saddle but Still Sore

Pat Hackett, Ultimate Ghostwriter

Hospital Bills, Lawsuits and Rubber Checks

Profitable Portraits

Chapter 38 (1968-1969) 663

Fuck, A Blue Movie

Forays into Conceptualism: Vacuum Cleaners and Superstars for Rent

"Raid the Icebox" and the Museum as Art

Floating Chairs and Rain Machines

Video Ventures

A Sundae for Schrafft's

Chapter 39 (1969) 685

Valerie Solanas Gets Out

More Surgery

Rolling Stones Album Covers

Hollywood Film Plans Collapse (Twice)

Gerard Malanga's "Male Parade"

The Birth of Interview

Business Art, the Next Step After Art

Frozen Foods at the Andy-Mat

Chapter 40 (1970-1971) 709

A Warhol Retrospective (Again)

Bob Colacello and Vincent Fremont Come on Board

Andy Warhol, Super-Shopper

New Patrons: Sandy and Peter Brant

L'Amour and Its Crowd

VIP Living

Failures in Theater: Andy Warhol's Pork and Man on the Moon

Chapter 41 (1971-1972) 729

Financial Fiddling

Fine Cars and Real Estate

Country Life and Celebrity Renters: Lee Radziwill and the Kennedy Kids, Mick and Bianca Jagger

Chapter 42 (1972-1973) 739

Julia Warhola Heads Home to Die

Chairman Mao and the Un-Death of Painting

Biting into Europe's Upper Crust

The Polaroid Big Shot, for Big Shots

Gallstone Warning

Frankenstein and Dracula in Rome

With Warhol, Liz Taylor is in The Driver's Seat

Chapter 43 (1974) 761

Warhol Headquarters in Paris

Interview, Fashion and Society

Halston and Glamour

The Bent Genders of Ladies and Gentlemen

The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (and of His Ghostwriters)

POPism, a (Non-)Autobiography

Chapter 44 (1974-1975) 783

A New Home

Jed Johnson Decorates

Return of Brigid Berlin

Time Capsules and the Fine Art of Junk

Highborn Interns

A Rolls-Royce to the Diamond District

The Interview Lunch and Its Prey

Chapter 45 (1975-1977) 803

Portrait Prey: Iranian Royals and Imelda Marcos

At the White House with Gerald Ford

In Georgia with Jimmy Carter

Commercial Art: Athletes, Pets, Cars and Houses

Victor Hugo and the Nude as Landscape

Piss Paintings

Chapter 46 (1977-1980) 819

Studio 54

Shadow Paintings

Portraits at the Whitney

Bad, the Last Movie

Jed Johnson Leaves

Chapter 47 (1981) 837

Warhol the Model

Exposures: A Social Life

Ronald Feldman's Business Propositions

Outsourcing to Rupert Smith

Chapter 48 (1982-1983) 853

The New Art Kids

Warhol and Basquiat

Rorschach Paintings

Shopping and Collecting

Chapter 49 (1982-1986) 871

The ConEd Studio

Andy Warhol TV

Tensions with Fred Hughes

Ad Work

The Love Boat

Camouflage Paintings

Jon Gould


Warhol's Charity

Chapter 50 (1986-1987) 897

Crystal Therapy

Last Suppers in Milan

Stitched Photos

The Last Runway

Gallbladder Trouble

The Fatal Surgery

Postlude: Afterlife 911

A Note on Sources 913

Acknowledgments 919

Credits 923

Index 929

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