Pop Out

Queer Warhol

Book Pages: 280 Illustrations: 53 illustrations Published: February 1996

Art and Visual Culture > Art Criticism and Theory, Gender and Sexuality > Queer Theory

Andy Warhol was queer in more ways than one. A fabulous queen, a fan of prurience and pornography, a great admirer of the male body, he was well known as such to the gay audiences who enjoyed his films, the police who censored them, the gallery owners who refused to show his male nudes, and the artists who shied from his swishiness, not to mention all the characters who populated the Factory. Yet even though Warhol became the star of postmodernism, avant-garde, and pop culture, this collection of essays is the first to explore, analyze, appreciate, and celebrate the role of Warhol’s queerness in the making and reception of his film and art. Ranging widely in approach and discipline, Pop Out demonstrates that to ignore Warhol’s queerness is to miss what is most valuable, interesting, sexy, and political about his life and work.
Written from the perspectives of art history, critical race theory, psychoanalysis, feminist theory, cinema studies, and social and literary theory, these essays consider Warhol in various contexts and within the history of the communities in which he figured. The homoerotic subjects, gay audiences, and queer contexts that fuel a certain fascination with Warhol are discussed, as well as Batman, Basquiat, and Valerie Solanas. Taken together, the essays in this collection depict Warhol’s career as a practical social reflection on a wide range of institutions and discourses, including those, from the art world to mass culture, that have almost succeeded in sanitizing his work and his image.

Contributors. Jennifer Doyle, Jonathan Flatley, Marcie Frank, David E. James, Mandy Merck, Michael Moon, José Esteban Muñoz, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Brian Selsky, Sasha Torres, Simon Watney, Thomas Waugh


“This book refutes any simplistic recuperative history bent on outing a ‘hidden’ gay Warhol, but seeks instead to reclaim those queer meanings and identifications that have accrued to Warhol and his art within the various social and cultural contexts in which he lived and worked. . . . A powerful and provocative read.” — Gavin Butt , Art History

Pop Out fulfills its fabulous mission—to reclaim Andy Warhol as a queer artist/icon—with a painterly thoroughness. Andy would have said it best: ‘Gre-e-eat!’” — Michael Musto


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Jennifer Doyle is Assistant Professor of Engish at the University of California, Riverside.

Jonathan Flatley is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Virginia.

José Esteban Muñoz is Associate Professor in Performance Studies at New York University.

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Introduction / Jennifer Doyle, Jonathan Flatley, José Esteban Muñoz

Queer Andy / Simon Watney

I'll Be Your Mirror Stage: Andy Warhol in the Cultural Imaginary / David E. James

Cockteaser / Thomas Waugh

Screen Memories, or, Pop Comes from the Outside: Warhol and Queer Childhood / Michael Moon

Warhol Gives Good Face: Publicity and the Politics of Prosopopoeia / Jonathan Flatley

Queer Performativity: Warhol's Shyness/Warhol's Whiteness / Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

Famous and Dandy Like B. 'n' Andy: Race, Pop, and Basquiat / José Esteban Muñoz

"I Dream of Genius . . . " / Brian Selsky

Tricks of the Trade: Pop Art/Pop Sex / Jennifer Doyle

Popping Off Warhol: From the Gutter to the Underground and Beyond / Marcie Frank

Figuring Out Andy Warhol / Mandy Merck

The Caped Crusader of Camp: Pop, Camp, and the Batman Television Series / Sasha Torres



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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-1741-8 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-1732-6
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