Signed book (uncommon): 'Andy Warhol' by John Coplans. First edition. NY: New York Graphic Society, 1970
Signed vertically on the front cover (a full-page, close-up portrait of the artist) in black felt tip
Softcover, 9 x 12 inches, 160 pages
Fine condition, with light handling wear. Complete and in full
Written contributions by Jonas Mekas and Calvin Tomkins
John Rivers Coplans (June 24, 1920 – August 21, 2003) was a British artist, art writer, curator, and museum director. A veteran of World War II and a photographer, he emigrated to the United States in 1960 and had many exhibitions in Europe and North America. He was on the founding editorial staff of Artforum from 1962 to 1971, and was Editor-in-Chief from 1972 to 1977.
In the preface, Coplans explains the purpose of this interesting volume: "The book sets out to provide the reader through the accompanying illustrations a viewing of a broad spectrum of Warhol's painting and sculpture, especially from 1960 to 1964, by which time the artist had already begun to shift his interest to movies…The essays by the various authors have been chosen to cover three principal but divergent aspects of Warhol, each of which has equally caught the public's imagination—the man, the art and the movies."
Andy Warhol; born Andrew Warhola (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987) was an American artist, film director, and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, advertising, and celebrity culture that flourished by the 1960s, and span a variety of media, including painting, silkscreening, photography, film, and sculpture. Some of his best known works include the silkscreen paintings Campbell's Soup Cans (1962) and Marilyn Diptych (1962), the experimental film Chelsea Girls (1966), and the multimedia events known as the Exploding Plastic Inevitable (1966–67).
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