Written by Catherine Ingram and illustrated by Andrew Rae, Where’s Warhol is an art history primer that doubles as a work of art in itself. In various images you can find Andy Warhol hanging in Washington Square Park with Basquiat; watching Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel; paying visits to a Frida Kahlo Retrospective, and Groovy Bob’s art scene.
In the Studio 54 panel, I instantly recognize Liza, Halston, Elton John, James Brown, Grace Jones, Michael Jackson, Disco Sally, and John McEnroe. Other pics contain references to Keith Haring, Dalí, Koons, Michelangelo, Botticelli, and Gilbert & George.
From Dangerous Minds:
In each panel, the task is to pore over the image and detect the acknowledged master of pop art, always wearing a white-and-blue striped shirt and always wearing sunglasses (you can usually tell the decoys because they aren’t wearing the sunglasses).
As Carey Dunne of Hyperallergic points out, the fun of detecting the well-known personages in the panels actually is a pretty decent analogue for Warhol’s own celebrity-drenched life.
Too often, art historical texts suck the soul out of their subjects with dry overanalysis, making the art world seem more rarefied and art in general seem more impenetrable than it actually is. Disguised as just a cute picture book, Where’s Warhol is an antidote 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 might enjoy reading, perhaps while sitting under a Campbell’s Soup Can poster.
Get your copy here. (For 10.20 it’s quite a bargain!)