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Andy Warhol: The Complete Commissioned Posters, 1964-1987 Hardcover – May 8, 2014


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel USA; 1st edition (May 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791349716
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791349718
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10 x 13.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #853,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Marechal is a curator and art collector based in Montreal. He is the author of Andy Warhol: The Record Covers, 1949 - 1987 (Prestel).

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Buffy on May 28, 2014
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This catalogue raisonne indexes fifty-two posters created by Andy Warhol from 1964 (midcareer) until his death in 1987. This opening line in the book describes what you will get and not get in the book. By focussing on commissioned posters you will not see posters announcing Warhol's exhibitions. But as the author's note he rarely had any hand in these type of promotional materials. Film posters are not included as well as posters simply reproducing Warhol's artwork. The focus is on posters and new artwork created specifically for a commissioned project. Each poster gets a detailed background essay and is reproduced in color. The reproductions are very good, paper is thick, and the binding is solid. There are relevant accompanying illustrations for each project as well. The book has some familiar images and a number of surprises. Definitely not the place to start for someone new to Warhol or looking for his fine art. But if you simply can't get enough Andy Warhol this is an enjoyable book and recommended.
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Prestel has published another excellent book for art collectors, in particular fans of Andy Warhol. This is the first(and probably only) book to catalog his "commissioned" posters which separate the posters Warhol actually had a hand in making from numerous other posters made by galleries, museums, etc. Many people will be surprised to learn he made only 52 posters, and some would not typically be considered a poster by conventional standards. For example, his "Flowers 1964" appears to be more of a print, since there is no text and the margins are very small. Warhol made it for his first exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery and it was to be a less expensive option for people who didn't want to buy a painting.

Some posters were made for album covers, such as the Rolling Stones "Love You Live", and a poster for an Aretha Franklin album(1986). The Beatles 1980 poster was made as a dust cover for the Time book of the same name. Warhol's "Some Men Need Help" was made for a theater play, the only one of his posters known to be made for a live performance.

Warhol made many advertising posters, such as the 6 posters for Halston (1982) to be displayed in stores, a poster for Rado Watches, and a rather well-known poster for Perrier(1883). Also commissioned was a poster for the Brooklyn Bridge Centennial, and a signed silkscreen edition was also produced.

Warhol's picture of Michael Jackson(1984),was designed for the cover of Time magazine and also reproduced in poster form.

As you would expect, the book has high quality reproductions of the posters and extensive text explaining their background. Recommended.
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As someone who is old enough to have been around when Warhol's art would pop up on random
record covers or he'd show up on a Branniff Airlines commercial, I do remember some of these
posters and the campaigns they represented in their original appearances. Warhol may have
brought the world of advertising art into his Fine Art initially, but in the 70's and 80's, he also
reversed the equation and brought the aesthetic of Warhol Fine Art back into advertising, and
it's still an important influence today although often in the hands of young media artists who
were not yet born when Warhol passed away.
This book is essentially a Catalog Raisonne of posters created by Warhol on commission---what is and is not included in this work is clearly explained in the introduction. Only posters created by Warhol in their poster form (not posters made from Warhol album covers and from movie posters and from artworks, but NOT made explicitly as a poster by Warhol) are included, all beautifully reproduced in a gorgeous oversized hardcover volume and all featuring a comprehensive writeup on the backstory of the piece and of Warhol's creative process. It is a pleasure to thumb through the book once one has read the text and learned the facts. I keep my copy handy.
The author did a magnificent job on Warhol's album covers in a previous book and later this year will have an oversized volume appearing doing a similar job with Warhol's Complete Commissioned Magazine work.
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