Pop by Tony Scherman
The Genius of Andy Warhol

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To his critics, he was the cynical magus of a movement that debased high art and reduced it to a commodity. To his admirers, he was the most important artist since Picasso. As the quintessential Pop artist, Andy Warhol razed the barrier between high and low culture.

Pop disentangles the myths of Warhol from the man he truly was, offering a vivid, entertaining, and provocative look at the legendary artist’s personal and artistic evolution during his most productive and innovative years. It is a dynamic, groundbreaking portrait of the man who changed the way we see the world.


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Tony Scherman is the author of Backbeat: Earl Palmer's Story, which won a 2000 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music writing. He was an editor at Musician and Audio and a contributing editor at Life; he has written about art, music, American history, and American culture for dozens of publications, including the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Arts and Leisure section, Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, American Heritage, New York, Entertainment Weekly, and People. He was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in 1997. A magazine article he wrote that year about the poet-activist-professor Melvin Tolson was the basis for the 2007 Denzel Washington film The Great Debaters. He has two daughters and lives in Rockland County, New York.
Published October 27, 2009 by Harper. 528 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Vivid portraits of such Warhol-adjacent luminaries as Jasper Johns, The Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan and Factory “superstars” Edie Sedgwick and Gerard Malanga provide much of the narrative’s color, elements that recombined in endlessly fascinating and fruitful ways with Warhol as the gnomic, gig...

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Pop: The Genius of Andy Warhol, Tony Scherman and David Dalton's new look at one of the most controversial figures in the mid-twentieth century art world, sets out both to correct some of the many myths surrounding the man as well as, more importantly, explain and reevaluate the nature of his aes...

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So he painted them, not from life but from existing images such as magazine ads, a Warhol signature style that came to be associated with Pop Art in general.The soup cans "fused his love of Americana the Campbell's label had a folk-arty quality to it but blown up and hung in an art gallery, it ...

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In “Pop: The Genius of Andy Warhol,’’ arts writers Tony Scherman and David Dalton trace the ascent of the iconic Warhol from his blue-collar roots to the pinnacle of the New York art world in the turbulent 1960s.

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