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    Wed, 09 Dec 2009 11:38

    The FT reviews four recent Andy Warhol books: Arthur C Danto's Andy Warhol, Tony Scherman and David Dalton' Pop: The Genius of Andy Warhol, Joseph D Ketner II's Andy Warhol Giant Size --

    New York, early 1969: Andy Warhol, recently shot by Valerie Solanas because "he had too much control of my life", is recovering. At a party, he spies Willem de Kooning and hurries to pay homage. Instantly, de Kooning spins round so that the two great artists are face-to-face. "You're a killer of art, you're a killer of beauty, you're even a killer of laughter. I can't bear your work!" he shouts. The other guests are stunned but Warhol, turning away, merely shrugs, "Oh well, I always loved his work."

    Art critic Arthur Danto relates de Kooning's rant in his incisive, essential account, Andy Warhol, just published by Yale as part of its Icons of America series. Tony Scherman and David Dalton's Pop: The Genius of Andy Warhol is packed with similar anecdotes: for instance, a star-struck Andy, persistently ignored by Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, whines, "Why don't Bob and Jap like me?" -- only to be told by a mutual friend, "How could they? You're too queer -- and your work is so commercial. It probably makes them uneasy."

    It took a long time, Danto argues, "for Warhol to become intellectually respectable in America. Instead, he became an icon." (More...)

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