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Like Andy Warhol

Jonathan Flatley

Like Andy Warhol

Jonathan Flatley

288 pages | 12 color plates, 65 halftones | 7 x 10 | © 2017
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9780226505572 Published November 2017
E-book $45.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226505602 Published November 2017
Scholarly considerations of Andy Warhol abound, including very fine catalogues raisonné, notable biographies, and essays in various exhibition catalogues and anthologies. But nowhere is there an in-depth scholarly examination of Warhol’s oeuvre as a whole—until now.

Jonathan Flatley’s Like Andy Warhol is a revelatory look at the artist’s likeness-producing practices, not only reflected in his famous Campbell’s soup cans and Marilyn Monroe silkscreens but across Warhol’s whole range of interests including movies, drag queens, boredom, and his sprawling collections. Flatley shows us that Warhol’s art is an illustration of the artist’s own talent for “liking.” He argues that there is in Warhol’s productions a utopian impulse, an attempt to imagine new, queer forms of emotional attachment and affiliation, and to transform the world into a place where these forms find a new home. Like Andy Warhol is not just the best full-length critical study of Warhol in print, it is also an instant classic of queer theory.
Introduction: Like

1          Collecting and Collectivity
2          Art Machine
3          Allegories of Boredom
4          Skin Problems

Review Quotes
Douglas Crimp, author of Before Pictures
“Flatley takes Warhol’s promiscuous interests—his extraordinary ‘talent for liking things’—seriously as a utopian praxis. In doing so, Flatley shows how Warhol helps us see likeness across differences, whether those differences are between a gay man’s sense of his identity and what he desires—say, James Dean—or between the whiteness of Marilyn Monroe and the blackness of the African Americans who are attacked by racist police in the race riots. Like Andy Warhol is beautifully written, always clear and readable, and carefully, methodically argued. It is a groundbreaking book and a pleasure to read.”
Sianne Ngai, author of Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting
“This is a brilliant, remarkably original study of Andy Warhol. Flatley will change—even reverse—the way in which both specialists and laypersons understand Warhol, his oft-noted repetitions, his seeming affectlessness, and his importance to late twentieth and twenty-first-century culture. Like Andy Warhol is not just the best full-length critical study of Andy Warhol in print. It is destined to become an instant classic of queer theory.”
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