Andy's In Town is composed of images, taken by artist Marc Camille Chaimowicz in 1975, of Andy Warhol signing copies of his iconic text, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B & Back Again) in London. Chaimowicz, then a recently graduated art student, had heard about Warhol’s book signing at Foyles Bookshop, and decided to attend to pay homage to one of his heroes. On arriving at the store, Chaimowicz was met by throngs of like-minded attendees, queuing out of the door and up the Charing Cross Road. In the line, Chaimowicz began critically questioning his actions and, feeling disgruntled at the parasitic nature of fandom, turned on his heel before entering the building and without meeting Warhol face to face. However, as was the norm for the artist, he had been taking photos on his Olympus OM-1 during the wait.
Forty years later, Chaimowicz chanced upon an undeveloped role of Ilford 400 film, the developed results are the images that we see brought together in this book. Recording, almost romantically, the action of Warhol signing his book, alongside the adoration of his fans, the book communicates the disquieting position of the voyeur, the silent, all-absorbing watcher. Warhol, a famous voyeur himself, is here out-voyeured by Chaimowicz. (ICA, London)
Limited edition softcover, 26 x 21 cm. Glassine dust jacket, silvered pages within. Published by ICA, London, 2018.
With writing by Lucy Kumara Moore (Director, Claire de Rouen) and Charles Asprey, alongside excerpts from Mr Warhol's The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B & Back Again).
Claire de Rouen proudly launched Chaimowicz's edition of Madame Bovary in 2013, and also his illustrated version of Jean Genet's The Studio of Giacometti (both now sold out).