Can Anything Be Performance Art?
The Tate Gallery
by Richard Morphet
17 February-28 March 1971
Exclusively distributed in France by Idea Books
Hardback with Dust Jacket
Out of Print - EXTREMELY SCARCE
This is this scarce true First Edition square hardback catalogue with dust jacket and mylar protective cover, of the historic Andy Warhol retrospective at the Tate Gallery in 1971. This volume is 100 pages and is profusely illustrated with text by Richard Morphet.
This IMPORTANT retrospective - planned in the Sixties and realized in 1971, at the height of Warhol's fame, was one of the most important and touted shows of the era - and one that ensured Warhol's international supersardom. It features his most iconic works from the Sixties, including Marilyn, 1964 (front cover) and Liz (1963) back cover, along with Campbell's Soup Cans, Elvis, Jackie, Electric Chairs and car crashes.
This is a well known, long sold out and out of print book and now very scarce publication that truly needs no introduction. At the end of this volume is a Checklist of the 123 Works in the exhibition, along with the 59 works reproduced, but not in the exhibition, as well as a list of lenders- people like Mr. and Mrs. Roy Lichtenstein, the Sidney Janis Gallery, Ileanna Sonnabend, Robert Rauschenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Burton Tremaine, etc.
There is considerable wear to the dust jacket, including creasing, color fading, and several tears, including an approx. a inch tear at the spine, and a one inch tear on the top of the back cover. But the dust jacket is not price clipped, and on the bottom even has the original 1971 square price sticker!! The inside pages are clean with no markings - and the illustrations inside are superb. NOT ex-library; NO markings whatsoever.
This rare hardback volume measures 8 1/4 square inches, and the catalogue itself has become iconic!
Foreword by Sir Norman Reid
Andy Warhol (essay by Richard Morphet)
One-man exhibitions (list)
Catalogue of the exhibited works
Works reproduced but not in the exhibition
Index of lenders
Includes 80 reproductions and photographs.
This remains a wonderful reference and a good value. As this is was published in France for a British exhibition 40 years ago, it is obviously especially scarce in the USA!
Publisher: The Tate Gallery
Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.
American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York
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