Just Because: Andy Warhol

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“If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There’s nothing behind it.”

“An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have.”

“It’s not what you are that counts, it’s what they think you are.”

“I never fall apart, because I never fall together.”

So tonight instead of talking you to death with my nonsense, I offer you the nonsense of a talented artist/business man, Andy Warhol. Yes, I adore Andy Warhol. The crazy thing is that I’m not sure when this started. At first I thought it was when I fell for the film Velvet Goldmine in high school. It referenced so much so maybe some Andy reference from that started this? But no, I remember reading his bio from our shitty ass library prior to that. Hmm, was it growing up near Pittsburgh, where the Warhol Museum is located? No (although I have been there more than once). I’m really not sure. And let me tell you, Pittsburgh likes to act all hip, “oh, Andy the genius, was from here”. Well let me tell you, HE GOT THE FUCK OUT, of this whole closed minded state.


“When I got my first television set, I stopped caring so much about having close relationships.”

“Before I was shot, I always thought that I was more half there than all there, I always suspected that I was watching TV instead of living life. People sometimes say that the way things happen in movies is unreal, but actually it’s the way things happen in life that’s unreal. The movies make emotions look so strong and real, whereas when things really do happen to you, it’s like watching television, you don’t feel anything. Right when I was being shot and ever since, I knew that I was watching television. The channels switch, but it’s all television.”

However Andy wasn’t just a free spirited artist who didn’t care about money or fame, he was very smart but very insecure. Many of the paintings that are floating around these days with his signature weren’t even done by him but by his minions. i.e. friends, many who were unpaid or barely paid, who hung out at The Factory. Yes, it was called the factory because it was about making things quickly for profit.

"It would be very glamorous to be reincarnated as a great big ring on Liz Taylor's finger."

 


“My idea of a good picture is one that’s in focus and of a famous person.”

“Art is what you can get away with.”

“Most people in America think Art is a man’s name.”

“I’d asked around 10 or 15 people for suggestions. Finally one lady friend asked the right question, ‘Well, what do you love most?’ That’s how I started painting money.”

“Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.”

He also wore a wig glued to his head, was pretty much anorexic, in the closet, didn’t make the Campbell Soup painting as a statement (it was because he ate it growing up), believed in copying others and was addicted to TV. I’m just telling you this to break the whole “perfectly odd” or “oddly perfect” stigma, read some bios on him, watch a documentary, one of his ‘movies’, etc. and see what he was really like, awesome but flawed like all of us.

“I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.”

“A picture means I know where I was every minute. That’s why I take pictures. It’s a visual diary.”

“Some people spend their entire lives thinking about one particular famous person. They pick one person who’s famous, and they dwell on him or her. They devote almost their entire consciousness to thinking about this person they’ve never even met, or maybe met once. If you ask any famous person about the kind of mail they get, you’ll find that almost every one of them has at least one person who’s obsessed with them and writes constantly. It feels so strange to think that someone is spending their whole time thinking about you.”


“What’s great about this country is America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you can know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good.”

“I don’t know where the artificial stops and the real starts.”

WATCH

“Sex is more exciting on the screen and between the pages than between the sheets.”

“It’s the movies that have been running things in America ever since they were invented. They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look how you feel about it.”

Warhol’s films on Netflix Instant Streaming
Trash
Flesh
Heat
Blood for Dracula
Flesh For Frankenstein

“Everyone winds up kissing the wrong person goodnight.”

“Everybody has a different idea of love. One girl I know said, “I knew he loved me when he didn’t come in my mouth. ”

“Fantasy love is much better than reality love. Never doing it is very exciting. The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet.”

“Sex is the biggest nothing of all time.”

BUY

“In the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.”

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

“Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, “So what.” That’s one of my favorite things to say. “So what.”

“I’ve decided something: Commercial things really do stink. As soon as it becomes commercial for a mass market it really stinks.”

“I’m afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.”

“Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery.”

“And your own life while it’s happening to you never has any atmosphere until it’s a memory.”

“Dying is the most embarrassing thing that can ever happen to you, because someone’s got to take care of all your details.”

“I always thought I’d like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph, and no name. Well, actually, I’d like it to say figment.”

(Everything in quotations/italics interspersed throughout are Andy Warhol quotes.)

“I’m the type who’d be happy not going anywhere as long as I was sure I knew exactly what was happening at the places I wasn’t going to. I’m the type who’d like to sit home and watch every party that I’m invited to on a monitor in my bedroom.”

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