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Andy Warhol: Red Books [Hardcover]

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The Polaroid camera combined two of Andy Warhol's obsessions--the disposable nature of modern consumerism and the photograph as ready-made. An inveterate and relentless user of Polaroid cameras, he made tens of thousands of instant photographs during the 1970s. Many of these were made over a short time span and focused on one individual or subject, sometimes a formal sitting for a portrait, an informal event with friends, or a party at The Factory. Between 1970 and 1976, Warhol established a rigorous system of cataloguing. He would take home the Polaroids, edit and sequence them, and then enter them in individual red Holson Polaroid albums. These albums, with Warhol's original sequence and themes, have remained intact. Red Books is a red wooden box containing 11 of Warhol's Holson Polaroid albums. Each book contains a facsimile reproduction of Warhol's sequence. The themes include a study of Paloma Picasso, a day trip to Montauk, Mick Jagger, the "Asshole" painting, and John and Yoko. In addition to the 11 red books, a black book is included which contains a text by Fran ois-Marie Banier explaining the significance of these albums within Warhol's oeuvre and how they act as a visual diary of his work, offering unrivaled insight into his creative process.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   300
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.8" Width: 4.4" Height: 3.4"
Weight:   1.75 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 2, 2004
Publisher   Steidl/Pace/MacGill Gallery
ISBN  3865210198  
ISBN13  9783865210197  

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2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Painting > General
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Not for YOUNG Warhol fans!  Dec 7, 2007
I bought this set for my 12 year old daughter who LOVES Andy. Needless to say, she got quite an education from these books. I think there needs to be a label or warning in the description that states there are some questionable images in this set. With that being said, I felt that I got an entirely new experience out these books than some of the other Warhol books. I decided to keep these for myself and will give them back to my daughter when she is a few years older.
amazing  May 14, 2007
ok, so, Im a huge andy warhol fan, biiiig time, so I own lots of books, this one, ahmm itsss amazing, its likee u can see a real part of his life, personal stuff, u can see what the 70's were all about, amazing, buy it!!
Andy Warhol Red Books is a coffee table book that's actually several books in one --- and a set that silences all competitors. These are copies of the Polaroids Andy took, neatly bound in red covers and bound with plastic spiral bindings --- 11 mini books in all with the twelfth (black) volume containing the pertinent names and dates of the photographs, plus an introduction by the internationally-renowned photographer Francois-Marie Banier. It is Banier who captures the allure of these instant photos best: "In his Polaroids, in those seemingly lacquered little pictures, I saw at once the cry of frantic and reckless youth, lost in a pseudo-civilized world. Each of these Polaroids goes one step further, telling us, from the land of Mickey Mouse: you are all Andy Warhol characters." From 1969 to 1975, celebrities (from Christopher Isherwood to Mick Jagger, Caroline Kennedy to Rudolph Nureyev, Rex Reed to Sylvia Miles), drag queens and assorted Warholian characters are captured crisply, realistically, and above all, affectionately. Owning the Red Books is (almost) like owning one of the more bizarre time capsules of the twentieth century.

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