Make room—lots of it—in your art book collection for Andy Warhol “Giant” Size, the book that examines in chronological order just about every major event, personality, moment and work in the artist’s life.
Weighing in at 15 pounds and packed with more than 2,000 images, documents and witty quotes, Giant ($55.95, Phaidon) affords an extraordinary behind-the-scenes look at the New York art scene of the ‘50s and ‘80s and Warhol’s artworks and private life—from his personal letters from Liz Taylor and Mick Jagger to his birth certificate, program from his Memorial Mass and family photos. Warhol’s obsession with keeping everything from phone messages to restaurant receipts and rejection letters is put to good use—you’ll be able to peer through them all thanks to the book’s large format. Often, the volume’s layout allows the reader to compare Warhol’s life and work, for example by putting side-by-side his famous “Mao” series with ephemera (boarding pass, passport, photos and souvenirs) from his 1982 visit to China. A truly fascinating visual biography of an artist whose influence endures.