The Critical Response to Andy Warhol advances our understanding of the most controversial artist of the century. With more than sixty samples of criticism reprinted from books, art and news magazines, professional journals, newspapers, and film reviews, the collection includes some of the most important and best examples of Warhol criticism and provides access to material which is no longer easily obtainable. Organized chronologically, the criticism has been selected on the basis of its value in interpreting Warhol's artistic legacy. The diverse nature of these texts enables readers to compare critical and popular reactions as well as follow the evolution of the criticism. In addition, as unrevised art history, the material offers additional insight into issues related to art criticism, art history, and the machinery of culture.
The last section of the book contains five new essays that specifically address Warhol's relationship with the critics. My own essay examines the critical response to Warhol's films. Steven Kurtz, professor of art criticism at Carnegie Mellon University, considers the implications of Warhol's celebrity; and Jonathan Crane, a professor of communications at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, discusses the Death and Disaster Series. Faiyaz Kara, a professional writer in Toronto who has studied Warhol extensively, assesses the critical reaction to Warhol's thirty books. The concluding essay by Steve Jones, professor of humanities at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, focuses on Warhol's iconic soup cans. A selected bibliography of over one-hundred entries and a detailed subject index providing a complete, cross-referenced directory to the assembled criticism completes the book.
I would like to thank Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University which graciously supported this project in a variety of ways, providing the research assistance of