Andy Warhol (19281987) is arguably the most iconic figure in twentieth century art, an enigmatic personality who not only altered the definition of art itself but also in his wake left a vast and staggeringly complex record of his activities. Warhol's archive consists not only of his artworks but also 1,500 cardboard boxes, flat files, and trunks filled with source material, memorabilia, correspondence, and junk mail. When the catalogue raisonné is complete, it will constitute an indisputable record of the artist's paintings, drawings, and sculptures some 15,000 works produced by the artist between 1948 and 1987, the year of his death.
Volume 2 documents the artist's paintings, sculpture, and installations made between 1964 and 1969, the important period known as "The Factory Years," when Warhol began to acquire Pop Art fame as well as a cadre of collaborators and hangers-on all of which made "The Factory" into one of the most mythologized artist's studios ever, and Warhol's work at this time emblematic of his career. This volume documents 23 series and more than 1,400 individual works, including the well-known series Thirteen Most Wanted Men, the box sculptures, approximately 300 works in the Jackie series, and the 1964 and 196465 Flowers series, among others. As in Volume 1, Volume 2 includes a fascinating collection of source material in particular rare studio photographs taken by Billy Name-Linich, who became the Factory's first de facto photographic historian.
In this volume editors Georg Frei and Neil Printz focus on Warhol's serial production, analyzing the evolution of Warhol's working methods and the growing relationship between Warhol's exhibitions and his studio production. They establish a chronology for the works of this period, many of which have been difficult to locate and date due to their seriality. Their text provides both a compelling overview and unparalleled detail of an endlessly fascinating life and career.