The Trip

The Trip

Andy Warhol's Plastic Fantastic Cross-country Adventure

Book - 2015
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"From the author of Strapless and Guest of Honor, a book about a little-known road trip Andy Warhol took from New York to LA in 1963, and how that journey - and the numerous artists and celebrities he encountered - profoundly affected his life and art"--
Published: New York :, Atria Books,, 2015.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476703510
1476703515
9781476703534
Branch Call Number: 700.92 DAV
Characteristics: 324 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm

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orkluttar
Aug 06, 2015

During the text of this, there are some photos, including an image of a bunch of receipts from Mr Warhol's motor excursion from NYC to California. And the author does say that they were, 'the researcher's dream;'. . .so true.
But the real insight of her writing doesn't seem to go further than that bunch of receipts. Another void occurs
with her repeated talking about Mr Warhol as though he
were a native of NYC, including
narrative about his mother and a place on Lexington Av.. So the idea of travelling from NYC to elsewhere has a distorted skew, when considering where Mr W was actually from. Notwithstanding, the location of his family's home was not
even far from the residence of Gertrude Stein.

Ms Davis goes on to expand up
on the receipted perspective as to the travels of Mead, Chamberlain and Mr W but never seems to equate the venture with those of other artists and writers, including Sinclair Lewis, Hemmingway, John Steinberg and others. Her perspective seems to be that of a gay woman that wants to talk about males they've perceived as being gay. And there are numerous instances of her making 'personal' speculations about what the trio of travellers. 'may have been doing.'

So the mood of the writing was on the juvenile side, not a mature aesthetic that would
compare with a journal about artists on a nomadic
hiatus. Disappointing, because her conclusion also
includes a tally of over-priced, over-valued art that
would make the reader think that the dollar signs paid at the art auctions may well have been the motive for her
obsessing with the receipts of expenses from the sojourn.

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