America by Andy Warhol

  • Year2013
  • LanguageRussian
  • Edition5000
  • Pages224
  • BindingPaperback
Garage publishing program in collaboration with Ad Marginem Press

Andy Warhol’s collection of photographs and personal commentaries are a love letter to America by one of the most quintessentially American artists of the 20th century.

America, originally published in 1985, presents photographs taken by Andy Warhol during his travels across the United States over the previous decade. His commentary reflects on multiple facets of US life, including money, style, death, the labor market, New York City street life, provincial oddities, artists, politicians, washed-up film stars, homeless people, the American dream, and even principles for choosing lovers.

Warhol's book is an idiosyncratic love letter to America by one of the "most American" artists and a fascinating journey across a country, in which "nobody has an ordinary life." Obsessed with images, he carried a camera everywhere he went. With equal interest, he would shoot celebrities (Ronald Reagan, Madonna, Mick Jagger, Jean-Michel Basquiat) and disenfranchised outsiders, granting them their "fifteen minutes of fame." The photographs make a "collective portrait" of a nation that, according to Warhol, accepts everyone seeking to become part of it: "We all came here from somewhere else, and everybody who wants to live in America and obey the law should be able to come too, and there's no such thing as being more or less American, just American." Both the text and the camera's point of view reveal Warhol's democratic leanings, as he ponders the rights of immigrant workers, the dire situation of the homeless, real-estate prices in New York, and volatile politics.
Pop art aesthetics permeate these spontaneous photographs of urban life taken from offbeat vantage points. The artist's eye catches grotesquely dressed strangers, kitschy storefronts and signboards, the handwritten messages of the homeless, slogans carried by protesters, and a variety of incidents on the streets, at once odd, controversial, outlandish, and touching.
In 2014-15 the first Russian edition of America will be followed by further publications of Warhol's books by Garage in collaboration with Ad Marginem Press, including The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again, The Andy Warhol Diaries, Popism: The Warhol Sixties, and I'll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews.


Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was an American artist, filmmaker, photographer, designer and producer. In the early 1960s, he created some of the definitive Pop Art images, including those of a Campbell’s soup can and a Coca-Cola can. Starting from 1963, his studio–The Factory–became one of the main bohemian hubs in New York. During the 1960s, he shot several hundred shorts and feature films. In 1969, he founded Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine. Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and Ad Marginem Press have previously published a translation of his books America (2013), The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (2014), The Andy Warhol Diaries (2015) and I'll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews (2016).

Pat Hackett is an American author, scriptwriter, journalist and producer. She was among Andy Warhol’s closest friends and collaborators. She co-authored The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (1975) and Popism (1980), and wrote the screenplay for Warhol’s film Bad (1977).