To those outside the art world looking in, it’s often a mystery how artists manage to feed themselves – that is before they become internationally famous and start selling their works for millions of dollars, which of course they all do. Andy Warhol didn’t make his fortune overnight; his Pop Art work was informed by his early career as a commercial illustrator, and during his working life Warhol undertook many commissions for magazines that kept him in sunglasses and soup cans.
Paul Maréchal has compiled a comprehensive volume for Prestel Publishing that delves deep into Warhol’s magazine career, from early advertising work to cover art and later entire takeover editions. His illustrations are elegant and charming, as seen in work for clients such as glovemaker Schiaparelli and This Week Magazine, while towards the end of his life Warhol took things in surprising directions with collaborations that included personal computing mag Amiga World (Warhol became fascinated with computers as a creative tool after being introduced to an Apple Mac by Steve Jobs at John Lennon’s son’s birthday party, and in the ’80s used Amiga computers to create a library of digital imagery and film). Warhol’s Amiga World cover, displaying his trademark repetition through an image within an image within an image, is included along with material from Vogue, Time, Harper’s Bazaar and many more in Andy Warhol: The Complete Commissioned Magazine Work, available through mainstream book retailers.