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A 5, 000 word introduction by Dave Hickey provides a critical biography and overview of the artist's career. Approximately 15 sections follow, organized chronologically, that focus on the major themes of the artist's work, each introduced with approximately 500-1,000 words of text. Subjects include: Advertising, Matinee Idols, Self Portraits, America the Beautiful, The Factory, Death and Disasters, Films, Polaroids and Photo booth Portraits, The Velvet Underground, Famous Friends, Interview Magazine, and Warhol and Basquiat. Interwoven among the images and chapter texts are relevant quotations both from Warhol himself as well as friends, critics, and personalities commenting on the artist, his work, and the era. Extended chronology and other end matter material.
Dave Hickey is a freelance writer of fiction and cultural criticism, curator, and lecturer who has been affiliated with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas since 1992. He has served as owner-director of A Clean Well-Lighted Place gallery in Austin, Texas, as director of the Reese Palley Gallery in New York City, as Executive Editor of Art in America magazine in New York City, and as Contributing Editor to The Village Voice. He has written for most major American cultural publications including The Rolling Stone, Art News, Art in America, Artforum, Interview, Harper's Magazine, Vanity Fair, Nest, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. Hickey received a B.A. (1961) from Texas Christian University and an M.A. (1963) from the University of Texas at Austin. He served as curator for SITE Santa Fe's Fourth International Biennial, "Beau Monde: Toward a Redeemed Cosmopolitanism" (July 2001 - January 2002). Hickey has been a visiting professor at numerous institutions, including Harvard University, Rice University, and the Otis Parsons Institute, Los Angeles. His critical essays on art have been collected in two volumes: The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays on Beauty (1993) and Air Guitar: Essays in Art and Democracy (1997). Hickey is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant (1969) and the College Art Association's Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art or Architectural Criticism (1993). In 2001, he was a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship grant.
"With its beautiful layouts, pin-sharp reproductions and sparkling texts, this enormous 15-pound book is worth every penny of its price... The volume covers both Warhol's numerous accomplishments (in commercial illustration, advertising, painting, film) and his transformation of the New York art scene so thoroughly that even fans will gain new appreciation for Warhol's enduring influence."-Publishers Weekly
"A fresh insight into the private world of the ultimate showman."-Sunday Times
"What's almost as good as having an Andy Warhol print on your wall? Having a huge coffee-table book stuffed full of hundreds of his photographs."-Sunday Telegraph
"Giant-sized genius... A must-have for all you size queens."-Attitude
"Giant is as close as most of us will get to owning a piece of pop art."-Dazed & Confused
"This Texas-sized tome is actually packed with serious research and writing... The photographs and reproductions are sumptuous for their scale alone. Our favourite element is the accompanying ephemera, from ticket stubs, invoices and party invitations, to personal notes from celebrities such as Diana Vreeland and Halston. Giant is an archive in book form, a now essential addition to the Warhol canon. Just don't try to read it in bed!"-Kultureflash
"As big as an old family bible and only marginally less instructive, though you won't find polaroids of drag queens and male nudes in the Good Book."-Scottish Sunday Herald
"Sheer visual pageantry."-The Spectator
"The book's full-size reproductions and breadth of references draw the reader into the small-print of Warhol's world."-The Daily Telegraph
"Highly desirable... A work of art in itself. It's a huge, heavy, beautifully designed object, oozing class and cool from every page... May be the ultimate coffee table book."-Heat
"Will thrill any Pop Art fan."-RA (Royal Academy of Arts) magazine
"A visual feast which can be read or just perused for a fuller appreciation of the artist whose favoured style was 'to get it exactly wrong'."-The Good Book Guide
"Truly astonishing... A work of art in itself, the epic portfolio has the wow factor in spades!"-Film Review