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Fabulous: A Portrait of Andy Warhol

Fabulous: A Portrait of Andy Warhol

by Bonnie Christensen
     
 

You might recognize him from his famous paintings of Campbell's soup cans and coke bottles. But do you know about the artist who created these images?

Any Warhol was often sick as a child but found comfort in reading comic books and most especially in drawing. From his early days in Pittsburgh in the 1930s to the height of his glory in the 1960s when he blurred

Overview

You might recognize him from his famous paintings of Campbell's soup cans and coke bottles. But do you know about the artist who created these images?

Any Warhol was often sick as a child but found comfort in reading comic books and most especially in drawing. From his early days in Pittsburgh in the 1930s to the height of his glory in the 1960s when he blurred the line between commercial art and fine art, this book chronicles an artist's remarkable path to becoming a renowned Pop Art icon.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In an intimate biography of Andy Warhol, "Prince of Pop, King of Cool," Christensen spans a 30-year period—from the artist's upbringing in Pittsburgh to the height of his popularity in the 1960s—emphasizing a self-made rags-to-riches ascent. From early influences (religious icons, celebrities, comic books) and obstacles (including a disease that "caused muscle spasms and permanently blotchy skin" and relentless teasing) to his transition from commercial art to pop artist extraordinaire, Christensen's informal prose and heavily textured oil paintings, composed over photo collages, depict a man constantly absorbing everything around him and incorporating it into his art in a way that shocked and delighted the world. An author's note and a time line provide further detail into Warhol's later life. Ages 6–9. (May)
From the Publisher

“The illustrations, collagework with oil painted over photo-transfer, have the soft smudginess of oil pastels and the sturdy vigor of charcoal, with haunting urban backgrounds…” —BCCB

“...Christensen's informal prose and heavily textured oil paintings, composed over photo collages, depict a man constantly absorbing everything around him and incorporating it into his art in a way that shocked and delighted the world.” —Publishers Weekly

“In addition to being a useful resource for biography reports, the story of Warhol's artistic triumphs despite his social difficulties will prove inspirational for young readers who feel as if they don't quite fit in.” —School Library Journal, STARRED review

“Though readers will need to consult the backmatter for the details of the more complex and tumultuous years from the mid-'60s to his death in 1987, they will find this a vital and exciting child-appropriate introduction to an American icon.” —Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
"Prince of Pop, King of Cool," Andy Warhol is the artist media star of the 1960's. Christensen takes us back thirty years to his childhood in Pittsburgh. Young Warhol spent a year ill at home, pursuing the drawing that had always interested him. Unhappy and mocked for his appearance, he continued to study drawing at the Carnegie Museum, and then art in college. Warhol got a job as an illustrator when he arrived in New York City in 1949, but he was still shabby and lonely. By 1960, he decides that his commercial art might work in a "fine art" gallery. His Campbell's Soup Can paintings begin his success. The paper jacket displays a few reproductions of his paintings and a portrait of the artist. On the cover is a reproduction of a multiple display of his portraits of Marilyn Monroe. The notorious soup cans fill the end pages. The visual story is told in double-page spreads using collaged photo transfer or canvas. This the artist painted over with oil paints resulting in a rough appearance. Naturalistic scenes of New York City and many of its inhabitants are included in this brief biography. An author's note and bibliography add factual information, along with a time line. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Spanning Warhol's rise to fame, this thoughtful account begins and ends with brief, fictionalized scenes that take place in 1966, illuminating the pop artist's popularity and success in contrast to the challenges he overcame to achieve recognition. The bulk of the narrative is fact-based, tracing major milestones in Warhol's personal and professional life through well-organized chronological flashbacks that start from his early childhood in the 1930s and continue through his days as an art student and his entry into the world of commercial art. Throughout, he is portrayed as a sensitive soul, often ridiculed by his peers. The differences between fine and commercial art, and Warhol's success in melding the two styles, are addressed in a way that is easy to understand even for someone with no background in art history. Christensen skillfully conveys emotion and mood through vivid, bold collage illustrations, particularly notable in an image of Warhol sitting forward in his train seat as New York City comes into view, anticipation made clear through his posture alone. According to the illustration note, "the paintings in this book are replicas of Andy's paintings, intended to give the reader a sense of his work and to inspire a museum visit to view the true originals." In addition to being a useful resource for biography reports, the story of Warhol's artistic triumphs despite his social difficulties will prove inspirational for young readers who feel as if they don't quite fit in.—Allison Tran, Mission Viejo Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews

The "fabulous" life of Andy Warhol is made accessible and understandable via this child-friendly look at the life and career of one of America's most recognizable painters.

Shy, sickly Andy spent many lonely hours resting in bed. Warhol's mother understood his uniqueness, and instead of forcing him to attend school, stand up to bullies or play sports, she unfailingly nurtured his talents and accepted and supported his interests. Andy attended art classes at the Carnegie Museum art school in Pittsburgh and was encouraged by teachers who also recognized his promise. Comics, movie magazines, glamorous superstars and luminous icons from his Eastern Orthodox parish church fueled his imagination. Christensen effectively re-imagines Warhol's unmistakable style for 21st-century kids while offering a developmentally appropriate take on Warhol's life. She focuses on his early graphic work and the exciting, transformative era of Pop Art. She conveys the explosive impact of his Campbell's soup cans and Marilyn as she discretely limns the early activities of "The Factory."

Though readers will need to consult the backmatter for the details of the more complex and tumultuous years from the mid-'60s to his death in 1987, they will find this a vital and exciting child-appropriate introduction to an American icon. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805087536
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
05/24/2011
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
765,912
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Bonnie Christensen has written and illustrated many picture books including The Daring Nellie Bly: America's Star Reporter and Woody Guthrie: Poet of the People, which was a New York Times Notable Book and received the Horn Book- Boston Globe Honor Award. She lives in Wilson, North Carolina.

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