Houston: The Menil Foundation / Houston Fine Art Press, 1988. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's illustrated stiff paper wraps, black endpapers.
Survey of the artist's life-long obsession with death and disaster, from car crashes and atomic bombs to murders and murderers. Culling 30 years of work across a range of media, the book renders Warhol as an astute and voracious archivist of mortality. "Dying is the most embarrassing thing that can ever happen to you, because someone's got to take care of all your details" (Warhol). Published to coincide with an exhibition of the same name at The Menil Collection in 1988, the book includes 42 illustrations in black-and-white and color, with a foreword by Walter Hopps, essays by Neil Printz and Remo Guidieri, and "Poems and Images of Death," a series Warhol created in collaboration with Gerard Malanga; biographical chronology and bibliography. "Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné" embossed stamp to front free endpaper. The Warhol catalogue raisonné, initiated in 1977 and edited by Neil Printz, currently runs to five volumes under the sponsorship of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Some creasing to spine, plastic coating beginning to peel at corners. Very good, with Warhol-related provenance. Item #924