Wild Young Minds: 'Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.'

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

'Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.'

To me, Andy Warhol was and still is a legend. He had a great mind and was a true genius in art. I love his pop-art paintings of for instance Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe! But other typical Andy Warhol stuff were paintings of Coke bottles and the famous Campbell soup.
He painted popular American items. You'll probably think that's what everybody loves. And that may be true, it was easy to bring to the public, but his life wasn't that easy.

He was a person you either love or you hate him. He wanted to be an emotionless machine. He really said that about himself. Andy was part of The Factory during the sixties, a team of artists. He dared to do whatever he wanted, even though it wasn't tolerated by everyone in the early sixties and seventies. He was gay and admitted that he loved plastic. Infact, he wanted to be plastic.

Here are some great quotations of him, he said some hilarious things!

'I have Social Disease. I have to go out every night. If I stay home one night I start spreading rumors to my dogs.'

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

'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.'

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

A lot of American artists claim to do all the right things and want to say all the right, deep stuff, but Andy Warhol just said whatever he wanted to, and didn't care if it would make him look bad or not. He admitted that he was superficial and was proud of it.
I'm not saying that I like superficial people, but sometimes I feel like those famous actresses and singers are all saying the same, that 'love is the most important' and that they hate the parties and desperately want to be home again. And then I think, you work in this businnes, if you hated it, you would have quitted it anyway. You know what I mean? And Andy Warhol was just being honest.

There were a lot of people who hated him, he was being shot in the seventies. Doctors even thought he was dead. Eventually he survived, but he was never the same.

I really think Andy was a genius, maybe a freaking weird genius, but that's what all geniusses are, right? :)

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