One-Dimensional Man

By Joseph, Branden W. | Art Journal, Winter 1998 | Go to article overview

One-Dimensional Man


Joseph, Branden W., Art Journal


Jennifer Doyle, Jonathan Flatley, and Jose Esteban Munoz, eds. Pop Out: Queer Warhol. Durham: Duke University Press, 1996. Essays by Doyle, Flatley, Marcie Frank, David E. James, Mandy Merck, Michael Moon, Munoz, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Brian Selsky, Sasha Torres, Simon Watney, and Thomas Waugh. 280 pp., 50 b/w ills. $49.95, $ 16.95 paper.

Frayda Feldman and Jorg Schellmann. Andy Warhol Prints:A Catalogue RaisonnE, 1962-1987. 3rd ed., rev. and expanded by Feldman and Claudia Defendi. New York: D.A.P./ Distributed Art Publishers in association with Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., Edition Schellmann, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., 1997. With essays by Arthur C. Danto and Donna De Salvo. 304 pp., 1,115 color ills., 130 b/w. $85. Mark Francis and Margery King, eds. The Warhol Look: Glamour Style, Fashion. Exh. cat. Pittsburgh: The Andy Warhol Museum and Boston: Bulfinch Press, 1997. Essays by Hilton Als, Francis and King, Judith Goldman, Bruce Hainley, Richard Martin, Glenn O'Brien, Barry Paris, John W. Smith, Thomas Sokolowski, and Peter Wollen. 304 pp., 650 color ills., 405 b/w, 150 duotone. $75, $40 paper.

Exhibition schedule: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, November 8, 97-January 18, 1998; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, February 16-May 3, 1998; Barbican Art Gallery, London, May 28-August 16, 1998; Musee de la Mode, Marseille, September 17-November 22, 1998; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, December 18, 1998-April 1, 1999; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, May 1-July 4, 1999; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, August 4-October 3, 1999.

Raymond M. Herbenick. Andy Warhol's Religious and Ethnic Roots:The Carpatho-Rusyn Influence on His Art.

Studies in Art and Religious Interpretation, vol. 20. Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 1997. 259 pp. $89.95.

Alan R. Pratt, ed. The Critical Response to Andy Warhol. Critical Responses in Arts and Letters, no. 25. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1997. 306 pp. $69.50

Reva Wolf. Andy Warhol, Poetry, and Gossip in the 1960s. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997. 210 pp., 4 color ills., 80 b/w. $70, $27.95 paper.

"What type of people buy your paintings?" "You're not supposed to talk about that. Let's just talk about boots and Chinese food.

-Student reporter and Andy Warhol, 1966 Warhol studies can plausibly be said to have begun in 1970, the year in which the first two scholarly monographs devoted to his work-Rainer Crone's Andy Warhol and John Coplans's widely distributed catalogue of the same name were published.' Although both represent serious attempts to provide art historical analyses, in retrospect it seems to have been John Wilcock's unassuming, slightly irreverent, and virtually self-published The Autobiography and Sex Life of Andy Warhol (1971) that succeeded in setting the tone for a majority of subsequent Warhol literature. The method Wilcock pioneered in assembling a collection of interviews and statements by the artist's associates and superstars has become a staple within the field. The work of Patrick Smith, Lynne Tillman, and most recently (although less successfully) John O'Connor and Benjamin Liu are all reminiscent of its structure.2 Indeed, many of the book-length personal memoirs and biographical recollections of life at the Factory can be seen as larger entries within the same category.

Wilcock's title promises a revelation of Warhol's true character, a claim that, on reading, reveals itself as false sensationalism, the unfulfilled promise of consumer desire. Yet, by weaving his book around this premise, Wilcock cleverly engaged with Warhol's self-fashioned image, reinforcing the impression that Warhol had nothing to say on his own behalf, that there was, behind the surface, nothing there. In the place where an interview with the artist might have appeared, Wilcock cleverly inserted an image of Warhol (appropriated from the cover of Coplans' s book) and added an empty speech balloon issuing forth from his mouth. …

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