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Discover the artist who put soup cans in MoMA and movie stars in the Met. This introduction to Andy Warhol presents his prolific and radical oeuvre and its relentless interrogation of consumerism, materialism, and the role of the artist. The title includes more than 100 images of Warhol’s work in top-quality reproductions that retain all of the originals’ pop.
Hardcover8.3 x 10.2 in.1.30 lb96 pages



Pop Star

Soap boxes and celebrities

Andy Warhol (1928–1987) is hailed as the most important proponent of the Pop art movement. A critical and creative observer of American society, he explored key themes of consumerism, materialism, media, and celebrity.

Drawing on contemporary advertisements, comic strips, consumer products, and Hollywood’s most famous faces, Warhol proposed a radical reevaluation of what constituted artistic subject matter. Through Warhol, a Campbell’s soup can and Coca Cola bottle became as worthy of artistic status as any traditional still life. At the same time, Warhol reconfigured the role of the artist. Famously stating “I want to be a machine,” he systematically reduced the presence of his own authorship, working with mass-production methods and images, as well as dozens of assistants in a studio he dubbed the Factory.

This book introduces Warhol’s multifaceted, prolific oeuvre, which revolutionized distinctions between “high” and “low” art and integrated ideas of living, producing, and consuming that remain central questions of modern experience.
The author

Klaus Honnef was honorary professor of photography theory at the Kassel Art Academy. He was one of the organizers of documenta 5 and documenta 6 in Kassel, and has been the curator of more than 500 exhibitions in Germany and abroad. He has written numerous books, including TASCHEN’s Contemporary Art, Andy Warhol, and Pop Art.

Hardcover21 x 26 cm0.59 kg96 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-4389-7

Edition: English

ISBN 978-3-8365-4391-0

Edition: Spanish

ISBN 978-3-8365-4392-7

Edition: French
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June 09 - October 06, 2024

Andy Warhol: Velvet Rage and Beauty

Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany

Born back in 1985, the Basic Art Series has evolved into the best-selling art book collection ever published. Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Art series features:
• a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
• a concise biography
• approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions



63 Ratings


Alessio,October 27, 2021
Un ottimo testo per conoscere il percorso artistico di Warhol corredato di interessanti e numerose immagini

Like it!

Edwige,October 27, 2021
A cute overview of the genius work of Warhol!

Great informative book

Marko,October 27, 2021
Really great and informative book with quality prints all over them, perfect for a casual read.

Great book

Kresimir,October 27, 2021
Nice and very interesting book!


Andie,October 18, 2023
This book is so beautiful!! I love the cover, it's very well made. I love the articles and pics. I'm going to display this book on my coffee table, it's a good conversation piece. Luv my purchase.


Paulina,October 6, 2023
Un buen libro para decoración en tu sala. De preferencia compra 2 para decorar juntos