New York: Random House, 1979. Signed Limited Edition. Quarto, publisher's black buckram, spine gilt, upper board blindstamped, black endpapers, original illustrated black-and-gold paperboard slipcase.
Published to coincide with an exhibition of the same name at the Whitney Museum of American Art, "Andy Warhol: Portraits of 70s" showcases a selection of diptychs created by Warhol of the rich, famous and glamorous – including Yves St. Laurent, Roy and Dorothy Lichtenstein, Diane von Furstenburg, Golda Meir, Truman Capote, Mick Jagger and more – who surrounded him in the 70s. "If it is instantly clear that Warhol has revived the visual crackle, glitter, and chic of older traditions of society portraiture, it may be less obvious that despite his legendary indifference to human facts, he has also captured an incredible range of psychological insights among his sitters. From the utter vacuity of the camera-oriented smile of the wife of an international banker to the startling disclosures of moods fit for private diary, these painting-snapshots add up to a Human Comedy for our time" (from the essay by art historian and curator Robert Rosenblum). Illustrated with over 100 color and black-and-white plates; with a foreword by Whitney director Tom Armstrong and list of illustrations. Number 22 of 200 copies specially bound, signed by the artist, and housed in a slipcase. Book fine; some rubbing to edges of slipcase. Item #1345