Andy Warhol, the Bookworm

Believe it or not, Andy Warhol was a bookworm. In fact, according to a new exhibit, Andy Warhol by the Book, he was a something of a bibliophile, filling his New York apartment with books on a range of subjects, as well as textbooks in which he scribbled caricatures of teachers and classmates, foretelling his pop-art tendencies.

The exhibit, the first to focus on the artist’s book work and organized by the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburg, explains how Warhol’s particular fascination with books was in making them. He put together nearly 100 books, both hardcover and paperback, during his career. His literary opus, Andy Warhol’s Index — containing a medley of non-textual objects, from holograms and paper pop-ups to sound recordings and a profile of Bob Dylan’s nose — is the highlight of the show.

Andy Warhol by the Book, March 7 – August 16, 2015, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA

Andy Warhol, 25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy (1954)

Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol’s Index (1967)

Andy Warhol, Shoe of the Evening, Beautiful Shoe (ca. 1955)

Andy Warhol, Wild Raspberries (1959)

Andy Warhol, In the Bottom of My Garden (ca. 1956)

Andy Warhol, A Gold Book (1957)

Andy Warhol, A Gold Book (1957)

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