Find Andy, a Waldo of a Art World, in 'Where's Warhol?'

Catherine Ingram and Andrew Rae, “The Garden of Artistic Delights,” widespread from ‘Where’s Warhol?’ (2016) (all images pleasantness Laurence King) (click to enlarge)

Waldo, a animation protagonist of a famed Where’s Waldo? series, has some-more in common with Andy Warhol, a godfather of Pop art, than is immediately obvious. Aside from their common gusto for striped shirts, they both had clinging fan clubs of sorts: Warhol, in a Warhol Superstars; Waldo, in a “Wally Watchers.” They both felt many during home in crowds of colorful characters: Warhol, in a drag queens, speed freaks, and artists of a downtown scene; Waldo in his adventures by “clown towns” and “paradise parties.” They both had nemeses: Warhol, in radical playwright Valerie Solanas, author of a SCUM manifesto, who attempted to murder him; Waldo, in Odlaw, whose “bad deeds are many.” And they both became domicile names by trait of mass-produced visible artworks that riff on cocktail culture: Warhol, with his silkscreens of soup, marvellous news, and celebrities; Waldo, with books like Where’s Waldo in Hollywood?

So it creates clarity that mimicking Where’s Waldo’s happy clusterfuck cultured turns out to be a ideal approach to illustrate a artist’s world. In Where’s Warhol?, published by Laurence King, a little animation Andy — with his china wig, striped shirt, leather jacket, and sunglasses — hides in colorful scenes packaged with art chronological references.

Opening of a Frida Kahlo Retrospective during a Galeria de Arte Contemporaneo

Catherine Ingram and Andrew Rae, “Opening of a Frida Kahlo Retrospective during a Galeria de Arte Contemporaneo,” widespread from ‘Where’s Warhol?’ (2016) (click to enlarge)

Written by Catherine Ingram and illustrated by Andrew Rae, it’s an art story authority like no other, one that doubles as a work of art in itself. Here, time-traveling Warhol lurks in Washington Square Park with Basquiat; watches Michelangelo paint a Sistine Chapel; and hangs out during a Temple of Isis during Pompeii, that desirous his 1985 Mount Vesuvius silkscreens. He pays visits to the Bauhaus, Marie Antoinette’s execution, a Frida Kahlo Retrospective, and Groovy Bob’s art scene. The disco during Studio 54 teems with characters from Warhol’s milieu: Elizabeth Taylor, Elton John, Basquiat, Keith Haring. Famous artists, alive and dead, fill a “Garden of Artistic Delights,” formed on a Hieronymus Bosch painting: Salvador Dali emerges from a clamshell, Marcel Duchamp stands in a hulk urinal, Grayson Perry as Claire frolics in a grass. This diversion of celebrity-spotting is a ideal analogue for Warhol’s multitude voyeurism. In a behind of a book, Ingram, an art historian, identifies all a total camouflaged into a scenes and outlines their stress and relations to Warhol’s life and work.

Groovy Bob's Art Scene

Catherine Ingram and Andrew Rae, “Groovy Bob’s Art Scene,” widespread from ‘Where’s Warhol?’ (2016) (click to enlarge)

As in a strange Where’s Waldo? books, a beauty is in a firmness of detail. Rae, a member of a London-based painting common Peepshow, adapts the character of Martin Handford, creator of Where’s Waldo?, in elegant, elementary lines and colourful color. You’re guaranteed to learn peculiar characters we hadn’t beheld during a first, second, third reading, and to forget where we found Warhol a initial time. That creates it double as a visible meditation, a kind of eye-training practice –– how mostly do we pore obsessively over an painting in a design book?

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Catherine Ingram and Andrew Rae, ‘Where’s Warhol?’

Too often, art chronological texts siphon a essence out of their subjects with dry overanalysis, creation a art universe seem some-more rarefied and art in ubiquitous seem some-more inflexible than it indeed is. Disguised as only a lovable design book, Where’s Warhol is an remedy to this kind of artspeak-y pretension. Its accessibility mirrors that of Warhol’s work: Pop, colorful, playful, it’s something even non-art nerds competence suffer reading, maybe while sitting underneath a Campbell’s Soup Can poster.

Where’s Warhol? by Catharine Ingram and Andrew Rae is published by Laurence King and accessible from Amazon and other booksellers. 

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