You’ve all heard of Where’s Waldo? Well, Laurence King Publishing has released Where’s Warhol — and art nerds, history buffs and pop culture aficionados alike should rejoice!
The oversized book is more like tagging along behind the king of cool as he meanders through his favorite hot spots: the ’60s art scene in London, Studio 54 in the ’70s, Washington Square Park with Jean-Michel Basquiat in the ’80s. Plus there are several historically accurate jaunts back in time. You just know Warhol would have made the scene if it hadn’t been for that pesky time-space continuum!
For example, here Warhol is (somewhere) at the Bauhaus, the iconic art school of the Modernist period. In the back of the book you can read more about each setting and also try to find Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, The Bauhaus Band — even the armed police who violently closed the school in 1933 as the Nazis came to power.And here’s Salvador Dali’s famed September 1941 gala, A Surrealistic Night in an Enchanted Forest. Dali’s wife Gala perpetually feeds a lion cub, and a guest list including Alfred Hitchcock, Clark Gable, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Gloria Vanderbilt dined on appetizers of crab meat and avocado served from a shoe, as well as live frogs as the fish course — plus plenty of other mayhem as you can see.Below is the opening of the Frida Kahlo Retrospective at the Galería de Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico on April 13, 1953. Near death, Kahlo presided over the evening from a four-poster bed, and there’s also Diego Rivera, Josephine Baker, Leon Trotsky and Kahlo’s beloved animal menagerie including her monkey Fulang-Chang, her deer Granizo and her somewhat obnoxious parrot Bonito.
Its doors closed long ago, but here we get to visit the bacchanalian Studio 54 — along with Warhol’s usual posse Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Elton John, Yves Saint Laurent and Truman Capote. There’s also cameos by club regulars Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Grace Jones, Bianca Jagger, Jack Nicholson, John Travolta, Woody Allen, even John McEnroe. You can almost smell the illegal substances in the air!I love how this title brings history to life, and you can get it here for $14.95. You can also check it out at National Stationery Show, where Laurence King will be in Booth 1720 with its distributor Chronicle Books.