ANDY WARHOL LOVE, SEX & DESIRE
Long before Andy Warhol rose to the top of Pop Art, the artist created and exhibited fascinating drawings that celebrated male beauty.
Andy Warhol Love, Sex & Desire: Drawings 1950-1962, presents more than three hundred drawings made mainly in ink on paper.
Warhol portrayed young men, many naked, some overtly sexualized, and sometimes sporting extravagant black hearts and fascinating ornaments.
Warhol was already a booming commercial illustrator when in 1956 he exhibited the studies for this project at the Bodley Gallery on New York's Upper East Side.
He was wrong in thinking that with these illustrations he would make himself known in the art scene of the city, since he underestimated the generalized homophobia of the time.
He produced over a thousand elegant and seemingly simple drawings, but his plan to put them together in a monograph never came to fruition.
This comprehensive volume finally brings his project to fruition by bringing together his most striking images, published for the first time and selected in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Includes an introductory text signed by its editor, Michael Dayton Hermann, of the Andy Warhol Foundation, and essays by Warhol biographer Blake Gopnik and art critic Drew Zeiba.
The poems of James Baldwin, Thom Gunn, Harold Norse, Essex Hemphill and Allen Ginsberg create moments of introspection that expand on the themes and moods present in the drawings.
Texts in English.