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Andy Warhol: Love, Sex, & Desire

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"Andy Warhol: Love, Sex, & Desire Drawings 1950-1962" unveils a captivating aspect of the iconic artist's early career, showcasing over three hundred seductive drawings celebrating male beauty.

Before his ascent in the realm of Pop Art, Warhol's ink-on-paper creations depicted young men with a mix of sensuality and whimsy, often adorned with playful black hearts.

In these drawings, the subjects, many of whom are nude, exude confidence or ennui, while Warhol's keen eye focuses on their form and erotic allure.

Originally intended to break into the New York art scene, Warhol's illustrations faced challenges due to prevailing homophobia, yet they remain a testament to his artistic prowess and unique perspective.

Edited by Michael Dayton Hermann of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, with insightful essays by Blake Gopnik and Drew Zeiba, this comprehensive volume offers a glimpse into Warhol's early exploration of sexuality and identity, complemented by poignant poems from literary luminaries such as James Baldwin and Allen Ginsberg.

With a style reminiscent of Jean Cocteau and Matisse, Warhol's drawings blend precision with irony, showcasing the evolution of an enigmatic artist destined for greatness.


  • 1.7" H x 13.5" L x 11.3" W (7.0 lbs) 392 pages
  • Released December 18, 2020
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9783836574471

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