Andy Warhol Pop Box: Fame, the Factory, and the Father of American Pop Art (英語) ハードカバー – 2002/9
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For a goofy way to pass a rainy day, dig into an Andy Warhol Pop Box. This hot-pink time capsule preserves snippets of a chaotic life of timeless fame. Chronicle Books, which produced the $24.95 curiosity, has filled it with 'exact reproductions of ephemera from the Factory years and beyond." Warhol was unrestrained as a collector and kept corrugated boxes full of notes, invitations and other tidbits on the floor of his office. Each was dated and sealed when full, creating a series of conceptual artworks. With a cow-face stamp, a note from Mick Jagger, postcards and an astrological chart, this box is good for at least 15 minutes of fun. -Washington Post
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I'd already read about 10 books on Warhol before I bought this box. I learned a lot but also became confused: Warhol did so many things. A good way to realize that is to lay the contents of this box out around you.
I'm more than satisfied with the number and quality of the reproductions. It seems well worth the list price and so is even a better deal at any discount.
So what about the selection of these objects? Seems to have been made to highlight Warhol's diversity. Nothing to do with his Interview magazine, but objects pointing to his paintings, his movies, his use of reproduction including silkscreens , photo booths, his exhibitions, his closeness to his mother, his being shot,his promotion of the Velvet Underground, his work on album covers, his association with celebrities, and a reminder not to expect everyone to like you (a cold rejection letter from MOMA). And, ever the business man, reminded by stationary and a business card (both of whose lettering was done by his mom).
So is that enough?
Some of these objects you can carry or wear, others you can hang up, some postcards you can send, stationary you can write on. If you do use some of the objects, consider buying a second Warhol Pop Box: you can keep one intact and make use of the objects in the other.
I've had mine 2 weeks and it gives me a good feeling, much warmer than I get from books. It took me a day or two to begin appreciating it. I've been going through it every day, right now it's like a candy store for me.
Creativity is hardly encouraged in our society, so why not identify with Andy by learning about him and from him? The contents of this box may help lift you out of a rut and into a life of heightened possibilities. Or something like that.
There are some interesting items though, the one I like best is the 1962 mini poster for an Andy show at the Los Angeles Ferus Gallery, showing a Campbell's soup can and printed on thick paper with a deckle edged bottom, it is good enough to frame. The three postcards showing the original source material for the paintings, Female Movie Star Composite (1962) Self Portrait (1964) and Flowers (1967) are good examples of the visual input that Warhol used to create his unique work. There are three letters included, one from MOMA in 1956 rejects Andy's offer of his drawing Shoe, it was signed by Alfred Barr. I wonder if he regretted, in later years, turning down this gift? Another, a letter from Mick Jagger in 1969, discusses the Stones album Sticky Fingers which Andy designed and Jagger ends one paragraph with "...please write back saying how much money you would like".
Apart from the less than authentic look to some of the items this is an interesting box of Warhol 'stuff', a thirty-two page booklet explains each item. Also included is a pass (good to December 31 2005) to The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. BTW Included is a self-inking stamp of a cow's head with the words Factory Edition, be careful with this as it will most likely leak, as mine did but it didn't cause any damage to the other items.