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Andy Warhol: Pop Art Painterby Susan Goldman Rubin
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Soup cans! Dollar bills! Movie stars! Paint by numbers! Is it art? Yes! Andy Warhol's art. <BR>Following award-winning artist biographies Degas and the Dance, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Cezanne, an exciting new book from Abrams Books for Young Readers looks at Andy Warhol. A leader of the American art movement known as Pop, short for "popular culture," Warhol changed the way we think of art. Assisted by photographs taken of Warhol throughout his life, and examples of his early drawings and best-known works, Susan Goldman Rubin traces his rise from poverty to wealth, and from obscurity to fame. <BR>After attending art school in Pittsburgh, Warhol started a career as a commercial artist in New York, and quickly won acclaim for his creative advertisements. When he turned to "real" painting, he used his background in commercial illustration and blurred the line between high and low art. <BR>Some critics have said that Warhol's pictures of Campbell's soup cans and Coca-Cola bottles represent American life. But Warhol said, "I just paint those objects in my paintings because those are the things I know best. I think of myself as an American artist." Warhol's unique images will appeal to young readers, and inspire them to see the world around them in new ways.
"Rubin (Margaret Bourke-White) emphasizes child-friendly angles on Andy Warhol in this glancing biography. She focuses on Warhol's underappreciated art-school genius, his enthusiasm for drafting fashion spreads of shoes, his prolific Siamese cats and his pop culture fixations. Rubin frequently cites Warhol's Carnegie Tech classmate Leonard Kessler, a children's author and artist who thought Warhol might one day 'teach, work with young children.' She quotes affectionate childhood memories of Warhol nephew James Warhola, who created the more intimate picture book Uncle Andy's: A Faabbbulous Visit with Andy Warhol; without elaboration, she takes up Interview editor Bob Colacello's remark that 'children were drawn to Andy.' Brief anecdotes treat Warhol's idiosyncrasies as youthful rather than disturbing: he lugs around an enormous teddy bear, compares the nonstop party of the Factory to 'a children's TV program' and creates giant paintings of 'his favorite cartoon characters: Dick Tracy, Superman and Popeye. 'They were the things I knew,' he said.' Warhol's Pop experimentation is attributed to whimsy: 'as a reaction to the Abstract Expressionists, [Warhol] created work with a greater sense of fun'; questioned as to why he painted Campbell's soup cans, Warhol remarked, 'They're things I had when I was a child.' The glossy pages — including a vague timeline — feature blocky layouts, iconic Warhol images, documentary photos and text printed on solid backgrounds of fuchsia, intense yellow, rich lavender and neon green. Like the artist's famous silkscreens (minus the irony), this squeaky-clean biography is all surface. Rubin offers safe, evasive commentary on a complicated person. Ages 8-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Shocking pinkandmdash;hot pink, as it is called todayandmdash;was the signature color of Elsa Schiaparelli (1890andndash;1973) and perhaps her greatest contribution to the fashion world. Schiaparelli was one of the most innovative designers in the early 20th century. Many design elements that are taken for granted today she created and brought to the forefront of fashion. She is credited with many firsts: trompe landrsquo;oeil sweaters with collars and bows knitted in; wedge heels; shoulder bags; and even the concept of a runway show for presenting collections. Hot Pinkandmdash;printed with a fifth color, hot pink!andmdash;explores Schiaparelliandrsquo;s childhood in Rome, her introduction to high fashion in Paris, and her swift rise to success collaborating with surrealist and cubist artists like Salvador Dalandiacute; and Jean Cocteau.
The book includes an authorandrsquo;s note, a list of museums and websites where you can find Schiaparelliandrsquo;s fashions, endnotes, a bibliography, and an index.
About the Author
Susan Goldman Rubin is the author of a number of highly praised biographies for young people, including Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People; Whaam! The Art and Life of Roy Lichtenstein; Andy Warhol: Pop Art Painter; and Jean Laffite: The Pirate Who Saved America. Rubin lives in Malibu, California.
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