Last Monday, August 6, marked the eighty-fourth birthday of the late Andy Warhol. Warhol—whose reproductions of Campbell’s soup cans, Brillo pads, and Marilyn Monroe garnered fame—understood America’s obsession with celebrity and violence.
In February of this year, the McNay Art Museum explored works by Warhol that combined these fascinations. The exhibition, Andy Warhol: Fame and Misfortune, assembled more than 150 objects from the collection of the Andy Warhol Museum. Fame and Misfortune included prints, photographs, drawings, and paintings by the artist. Iconic prints of Liza Minnelli and Dennis Hopper were shown next to images of automobile accidents and electric chairs. Displayed side-by-side, the works illuminate the unsettling connection Warhol drew between fatality and fame.
Marquand Books produced the exhibition catalogue, which was designed by Jeff Wincapaw. The eighty-page book reflects the colorful appeal of Warhol’s work and includes more than eighty-five color illustrations. An introduction by the exhibition’s curator, René Paul Barilleaux, and an essay by Justin Spring examine Warhol’s art and its reflection of America’s relationship with stardom and its shadows.