This is one of the 2001 series of little Penguin biographies. Koestenbaum tidily surveys the manifold contradictions of the strange Pop artist and filmmaker who will probably best be remembered for saying "in the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes." A gay man who attracted and worshiped beautiful women, who made art and lampooned it, who sought and fled from respectability, artistic fame, and even people themselves, Warhol and his art proclaimed "a bill of rights for inanimate objects, giving them suffrage." He repeatedly shocked America, and like greater 60s icons, was even the victim of an assassination attempt, which he survived but which permanently altered him for the rest of his relatively short life. A strange little book about a strange man.
This report prepared by David Loftus