The Critical Response to Andy Warhol

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ideological biases. Why put fifty Cambell's soup cans on canvas? So far, there are scores of explanations.

Andy Warhol, if nothing else, has played an important role in acquainting us with the seemingly impenetrable ambiguity which is at the center of the postmodern experience. No doubt, however, he would have shrugged off this reading too. He once told Bob Colacello, longtime editor of Interview, that "Criticism is so old fashioned. Why don't you just put in a lot of gossip." 34


NOTES
1.
Quoted in Samuel Adams Green, "Andy Warhol", The New Art, ed. Gregory Battcock ( New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1966), 229.
2.
Paul Gardner "Who Are the Most Underrated and Overrated Artists"? ARTnews ( February 1995): 110-115.
3.
Stuart Preston. "Art North of the Border", The New York Times, 5 December 1959, 20.
4.
Kynaston Mcshine, Introduction, Andy Warhol: A Retrospective ( New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1989), 14.
5.
See for example Dennis Sporre, The Creative Impulse, 2nd ed. ( New York: Prentice Hall, 1990), 453.
6.
Art historian Eric Shanes, for example, argues that "by manipulating images and the public persona of the artist, he [ Warhol] threw back in our faces the contradictions and superficialities of contemporary culture and art." Eric Shanes, Andy Warhol ( New York: Portland House, 1991),5. See also Carter Ratcliff, Andy Warhol ( New York: Abbeville Press, 1983), 26 and Rainer Crone, Andy Warhol ( New York: Praeger, 1970), 29.
7.
Max Kozloff "Metaphysical Disgust, and the New Vulgarians". Art International ( March 1962): 34-36.
8.
In 1968, Leslie Fiedler warned that Pop art is "whatever its overt politics, subversive: a threat to all hierarchies insofar as it is hostile to order and ordering in its own realm." Leslie Fiedler"Cross the Border -- Close that Gap: Postmodernism", American Literature Since 1900. ed. M. Cunliffe ( London: Barrie and Jenkins, 1968), 359.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • Series Foreword xiii
  • Preface xv
  • Notes xxv
  • CHRONOLOGY xxix
  • 1 - The Nineteen Sixties 1
  • 2 - The Nineteen Seventies 59
  • Notes 60
  • Notes 73
  • 3 The Nineteen Eighties 123
  • Notes 132
  • Notes 158
  • Notes 186
  • 4 - The Nineteen Nineties 239
  • Notes 247
  • Works Cited 248
  • Notes 259
  • Notes 265
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  • Notes 286
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