Andy Warhol and the Can That Sold the World (Hardcover)

By Gary Indiana

Basic Books (AZ), 9780465002337, 175pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2010

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In the summer of 1962, Andy Warhol unveiled 32 Soup Cans in his first solo exhibition at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles--and sent the art world reeling. The responses ran from incredulity to outrage; the poet Taylor Mead described the exhibition as "a brilliant slap in the face to America." The exhibition put Warhol on the map--and transformed American culture forever. Almost single-handedly, Warhol collapsed the centuries-old distinction between "high" and "low" culture, and created a new and radically modern aesthetic.

In Andy Warhol and the Can that Sold the World, the dazzlingly versatile critic Gary Indiana tells the story of the genesis and impact of this iconic work of art. With energy, wit, and tremendous perspicacity, Indiana recovers the exhilaration and controversy of the Pop Art Revolution and the brilliant, tormented, and profoundly narcissistic figure at its vanguard.

About the Author

Gary Indiana--novelist, playwright, actor, art critic, film historian--is one of the most supple and imaginative figures in contemporary American culture. He is the author of numerous plays, novels, and works of nonfiction, including Horse Crazy, Rent Boy, and Utopia's Debris. Formerly the chief art critic for the Village Voice, Indiana has also written for the Los Angeles Times Book Review, New York magazine, Artforum, and the London Review of Books. He lives in New York City.

Praise For Andy Warhol and the Can That Sold the World


Buffalo News
“Elegant and impressive…[a] witty, smart, near-definitive consideration of Warhol.”
San Diego Tribune
“Gary Indiana’s Andy Warhol and the Can That Sold the World is a fresh portrait of the artist…No one has dissected Warhol’s complex personality better. And no one has written more concisely and accessibly about him.”

Lincoln Journal Star
“Heartily recommend[ed]…I’ve got a shelf of Warhol books - biographies, essays, exhibition catalogs - and I’ve seen dozens of exhibitions of his work. Indiana’s book added something to my knowledge and understanding of Warhol, which is saying something.”

Baltimore City Paper
“A thoughtful look at the late Pop artist’s defining work…in narrowing his focus, the author locates and captures Warhol’s essence.”

Liberty Press
“Indiana is able to give a fresh and new perspective on one of America’s most enigmatic 20th-century artistic figures, beyond any other biography heretofore.”