Tekst: Robert Rosenblum e.a.
Aantal pagina’s: 154
Illustraties: Kleur en zwart-wit
Uitgever: Hatje Cantz, 2004
Staat: Als nieuw
Catalogus bij de tentoonstelling in het Kunstverein St. Gallen Kunstmuseum, 2004
Perhaps no other artist from the second half of the 20th century is as familiar to the public as Andy Warhol–and his self-portraits can hardly be said to have played a lackluster role with regards to the artist’s celebrity. U.S. postage stamp anyone? Occupying a position of central importance in his oeuvre, Warhol’s self-portraits also occupy a consistent, long-running one. From the first self-images in gouache painted by 16-year-old Andrew Warhol in the mid-40s to the fright-wig series completed shortly before his death in February 1987, Andy Warhol continually used self-portraiture to reflect on his position and social status as an artist, performing a variety of roles in the process. Yet he never made use of the traditional topos of the artist’s self-portrait; his fascination with transience and death is constantly present, as in his other works. Although a seemingly endless number of books have been published on Warhol’s various work groups, this is the first monograph devoted exclusively to his self-portraits. The accompanying essays discuss different aspects of the theme and examine Warhol’s self-portraits in the light of an expanded concept of the artist’s self-portrait in the 20th century.