Warhol by the Book

February 5 through May 15, 2016

Andy Warhol’s fascination with publishing and the art of the book was lifelong—rooted in his artistic training as a college student and early career in advertising, fashion, and commercial illustration. For close to forty years, books were a touchstone for Warhol—a medium to which he returned again and again as a platform for his unparalleled creativity. He contributed to more than eighty projects for books and left traces behind of dozens of others that were never realized.

Warhol by the Book is the first exhibition in New York devoted solely to Warhol’s career as a book artist. This retrospective features more than 130 objects dating from the artist’s student days, his early years in New York as a commercial artist and self-publisher, and the decades of innovation spanning the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s that solidified Warhol’s standing in the history of modern art. Items on display include the only surviving book project from the 1940s; drawings, screen prints, photographs, self-published books, children’s books, photography books, text-based books, unique books, archival material; and his much-sought-after dust jacket designs.

The exhibition is organized by the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, in collaboration with the Morgan Library & Museum.

The New York presentation is made possible by lead funding from Karen H. Bechtel.

In the News: 

Another Side to WarholThe New York Times

Andy Warhol (1928–1987) In the Bottom of My Garden [New York, ca. 1956]. The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Contribution the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. © 2016 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York