Tuesday, 31 December 2013

# 173

Oh boy, I miss New York City 

Have a great New Year's Eve and an even greater 2014!!!!

Sunday, 29 December 2013

# 172

Yesterday, I went to Schweinfurt to see the exhibition of the Gunter Sachs collection at the Kunsthalle. Sachs was a well-known, German art collector and he hung out with celebrities such as Brigitte Bardot and Andy Warhol. His art collection not only includes photographies and surrealist art but also a great deal of Pop Art. Apart from several works by Warhol (self-portraits and portraits of Sachs himself) the exhibition shows famous paintings by Mel Ramos and Tom Wesselmann, as well as Allen Jones' kinky sculptures/furniture. What surprised me the most, however, was the quantity of street art that was on display, for example Shepard Fairey's Toxicity Inspector and Banksy's People Who Wave Flags

In general, I was pretty impressed by these works but at the same time it made me wonder whether street art should actually be displayed in museums and galleries. In Schweinfurt, the problem was that the canvases and wood panels, on which the works were sprayed or painted on, hung in a very small room which functioned as a passage way to get to a bigger exhibition hall which had mostly Pop Art works on display. There was simply not enough space to take a step back and view Fairey's work in it's entirety without almost running into another artwork or without bumping into another visitor. But, apart from the unfortunate hanging at the Kunsthalle, the question is: Shouldn't street art remain on the streets? And, is it still street art if it hangs in a gallery? 

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

# 171


It's been a while since my last post... My internship at the Museum Brandhorst kept me pretty busy and as I'm going back to Liverpool next week I've tried catching up with all the friends I hadn't seen for a year. Nevertheless, after the holidays I'll start my PhD at Liverpool University and I'll get back to my studying/working/obsessing about Warhol routine :)

Monday, 18 November 2013

# 170

Getting really excited about the Neil Printz lecture on Wednesday, here in Munich! One of the few things that are for free in this overpriced city :)

Sunday, 17 November 2013

# 169

"Everybody has their own America, and then they have the pieces of fantasy America ..." --- Andy Warhol, America

Saturday, 16 November 2013

# 168

"... 56. Camp taste is a kind of love , love for human nature. It relishes, rather than judges, the little triumphs and awkward intensities of 'character.' ... Camp taste identifies with what it is enjoying. People who share this sensibility are not laughing at the thing they label as 'a camp,' they're enjoying it. Camp is a tender feeling. 
(Here, one may compare Camp with much of Pop Art, which - when it is not just Camp - embodies an attitude that is related, but still very different. Pop Art is more flat and more dry, more serious, more detached, ultimately nihilistic.)" --- Susan Sontag, Against Interpretation

Note: ... there is 'Camp' in 'Campbell's Soup Cans' :)

Sunday, 10 November 2013

# 167

"Andy used to come downtown to my poetry readings in the late 1950s and early 1960s. I didn't even know he was in the audience. Later on, Henry Geldzahler asked me if I wanted to meet Andy Warhol. At that point I admires his Campbell soup cans, not as paintings, but as a satire on corporate America. At first I thought Andy was more of the 'Voltaire of his time' than a painter, but later I came to like the paintings very much." --- Taylor Mead, Thank You Andy Warhol 

Taylor Mead at the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC 2012

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

# 166

"It's hard to look in the mirror. Nothing's there." --- Andy Warhol

Monday, 4 November 2013

# 165

... no idea what this is and what it stands for... but it has Andy on it :) ... found it at a street corner in Munich today... 

Sunday, 3 November 2013

# 164

I have to say, October was a very tragic month. Not only Lou Reed passed away but also the famous philosopher and art historian Arthur C. Danto died at the age of 89. He became famous due to his Hegelian theory about the 'end of art' and his notorious referencing of Andy Warhol's work. Especially the Brillo Boxes became Danto's prime example for his philosophy of art and its definition through theory. This means, two very central figures in Warhol's direct, and less direct, environment died within only a few days. Two brilliant minds are now somewhere else.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

# 163

"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." --- Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

Monday, 28 October 2013

# 162

Why you should NOT study at LMU in Munich

... or any other German university for that matter

This is, for once, not a Pop Art related post. However, due to the experience I had today, I feel I need an outlet for my anger. This text is not strictly directed at the LMU (Ludwig Maximilians University) but to any German university, since my guess is that the entire German university system has a huge problem: they don't give a f*** about students, learning, guidance and a welcoming study environment. 

Currently, I'm an intern at the renowned Museum Brandhorst in Munich. At the moment, a Warhol exhibition is on display and, in its context, the well known Warhol scholar Neil Printz was invited to give a lecture in November. Hence, my task was to make a tour through Munich's museum and university area in order to hang some posters announcing the event. Surely, not just English and American Studies students should be interested, but Art History students as well. Yet, my task turned out to be more difficult than I thought.

Not only was I shocked by the state of the buildings (run down, bad smell, no signs or maps) but the most infuriating thing was the sheer rudeness and impertinence of the staff. I consider myself to be a polite person (knocking on doors before I enter, always using the formal 'Sie' in German, not loud mouthed and mostly patient). It was impossible to keep my cool with these imbeciles who work there. 

Sunday, 27 October 2013

# 161

I can't even begin to describe the amount of sadness I feel... Lou Reed died today... and this time it's not one of the 'fake-death-declarations' which occurred ever so often in his lifetime... I hope his music will never be forgotten and his lyrics will be inscribed into time... for all time... as a never ending rhythm... audible for anyone who needs to hear his voice...

Friday, 25 October 2013

# 160

"Some company recently was interested in buying my "aura." They didn't want my product. They kept saying, "We want your aura." I never figured out what they wanted. But they were willing to pay a lot for it. So then I thought that if somebody was willing to pay that much for my it, I should try to figure out what it is. I think "aura" is something that only somebody else can see, and they only see as much of it as they want to. It's all in the other person's eyes. You can only see an aura on people you don't know very well or don't know at all. I was having dinner the other night with everybody from my office. The kids at the office treat me like dirt, because they know me and they see me every day. But then there was this nice friend that somebody had brought along who had never met me, and this kid could hardly believe that he was having dinner with me! Everybody else was seeing me, but he was seeing my "aura." " --- Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

# 159

"I've never met a person I couldn't call a beauty." --- Andy Warhol

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

# 158

I love and respect Patti Smith with all my heart... listening to her talk about Warhol makes me want to have long conversations with her... I wish I had the chance... and, I think she's right in saying that Warhol is not necessarily an artist you like wight away. There are many things in his work that might put you off. From the mass production of art aspect to his use of 'banal' imagery, he really pisses people off and despite the huge prices his paintings achieve at auctions there are still many people who can't and don't want to see him as an artist... I see this as the highest praise of all. The fact that there are still so many people 'hating' him and debating whether he should be debated at all makes it even more intriguing to concern oneself with his work.

Monday, 14 October 2013

# 157

"It's great to buy friends. I don't think there's anything wrong with having a lot of money and attracting people with it. Look who you're attracting: EVERYBODY!" --- Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

Sunday, 13 October 2013

# 156

"I have no idea where people get the notion that Andy was this horrible person. It just wasn't true. I really, really just loved him. I never felt that he was famous or that I was hanging out with a 'star'. We went shopping together because that was how he would get some of his ideas." --- Brigid Berlin, Thank You Andy Warhol

Saturday, 12 October 2013

# 155

"I was never embarrassed about asking someone, literally, 'What should I paint?' because Pop comes from the outside, and how is asking someone for ideas any different from looking for them in a magazine?" --- Andy Warhol, Popism

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

# 153

"... this ideal artistic modernity never stops being sabotaged by infernal trouble-makers. Scarcely has Malevitch or Kandinsky posited the principle than the army of Dadaists and Futurists emerges, transforming the purity of the pictorial plane into its opposite: a surface for a melange of words and forms, art forms and mundane things. People readily put this perversion down to the pressure exercised by languages of advertising and propaganda. it was to be repeated in the 1960s, when Pop Art emerged to overturn the regime of two-dimensional painting, restored by lyrical abstraction, and initiate a new, enduring confusion between art forms and the manipulation of purposeful objects and the circulation of commercial messages. Perhaps we could escape these scenarios of diabolical perversion if we understood that the lost paradise never in fact existed." --- Jacques Rancière, The Future of the Image

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

# 152

"Art is what you can get away with." --- Andy Warhol

# 151

Turns out that the Museum Brandhorst in Munich hosts one of Europe's largest Warhol collections...

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

# 150

First day of my internship at the Museum Brandhorst, in Munich. Pretty exhausted but feeling good... was able to get one of the beautiful Warhol exhibition posters for my room :)

Monday, 30 September 2013

# 149

Yesterday, I moved to Munich (well, Türkenfeld to be precise, since no student can afford a room in Munich) and I went to the Reading Andy Warhol exhibition at the Museum Brandhorst, right away. As my internship at the Pinakotheken im Kunstareal/Museum Brandhorst starts tomorrow, I wanted to see the exhibition before the beginning of my work experience. I simply like to be prepared and since all museums are closed on Mondays, in Germany, I rushed to the Brandhorst to catch a first glimpse. 

The first positive thing I noticed: on Sundays the admission price is 1€! The second positive thing was: lots of great Warhol related literature and DVDs in the Museum's shop. It was hard not to give in to the temptation of buying things I can't afford, although it's just a matter of time until I cave in.

The exhibition itself starts with one of Warhol's early Self-Portraits and continues with several rooms in which books, drawings and some screen-prints are on display. The first room, like most of the others, is dimly lit which is, as I assume, due to the many drawings and light sensitive prints that are on display. In general, everything is very well readable (although my grandma might have trouble to decipher some of the handwritten texts by Warhol). However, print texts in German and English are provided throughout the exhibition. 

The objects on display are accompanied by famous Warhol quotes projected onto the walls giving each room a nice accent. From Warhol's early cat books, 25 Cats Named Sam and One Blue Pussy and Holy Cats, to the prints he did about the assassination of J.F.K, my favourite part of the exhibition was the display of his famous shoe drawings and the very early drawings of boys' and girls' heads and figures. 

The shoe drawings show the simple and yet glamorous way in which Warhol understood to do advertising. Although the funny subtitles for each shoe came from a friend, they match the kind of humour one can find in Warhol's Diaries and his 'Philosophy' book. Here, I have to correct myself. The shoe and boy/girl works are not actual drawings but were all done in Warhol's often used blotted line technique which allowed him to reproduce and copy any of his own drawings and also other images. It becomes obvious that, even before his famous screen-print reproductions, Warhol had already developed a way to use the reproduction of his art to his and his costumers' advantage.

Especially, when it comes to the boy/girl 'drawings', which he did in the 40s and 50s, his inclination for reproducible art (later Pop Art) already shines through. It is striking how many of the boys' and girls' faces get by with very few, almost minimalist lines. Facial features are reduced to eyes and mouth. The nose (like in so many of his later screen-prints) is missing or only suggested. I find it extremely intriguing to look at the development of Warhol's art from graphic designer to 'fine artist' since it shows how similar the one and the other are. Both, Warhol the designer as well as Warhol the 'fine' artist, were devoted to reproduction and multiplication of images. The effect in his early drawings as well as in his later 'paintings' is the same: a reduction to clear lines, colours and the leaving-out of 'unnecessary' details. In any case, all of his works were business art and business was Warhol's favourite art (see his 'Philosophy' book).

This is also why I think that the term 'fine artist' (associated with the 18th, 19th and 20th century of les beaux arts) sounds funny in connection with Warhol's work. Graphic design and great art lie pretty close to each other and Warhol seems to occupy the gap in the middle with his own way of greatness attached to each artwork. In general, why is it so important to hold on to the notion of 'fine art', as opposed to graphic design? Still, many critics and philosophers (including Arthur C. Danto) insist that Warhol is a 'fine artist' and commercial and marketing art belong to a different realm. But, why? Strictly speaking, there is no difference in Warhol's work. His graphic design as well as his later paintings are all business art.

Friday, 20 September 2013

# 148

On 1st October I'll start my internship at the Museum Brandhorst in Munich. I'm more than excited since their new Andy Warhol exhibition started on the 18th September and will continue until the end of my internship ... right place at the right time :)

Thursday, 19 September 2013

# 147

"... the painters of the soup can, the dollar bill, the comic strip, have in common not some moral attitude toward their subject matter that some say is positive and others say is negative, but a series of painting devices which derive their force in good measure from the fact that they have virtually no association with a European tradition." --- John Coplan, Pop Art USA

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

# 146

I'm in the final phase of my Master dissertation and, as always, I'm struggling to stay within the word limit. 

The problem is that, as a native speaker of the German language, it is often very difficult to formulate your thoughts and opinions in short, crisp statements since German grammar, in general, supports the construction of long and complex sentences which leads to the phenomenon that you find yourself writing and writing without any full stop until you realize that your sentence already covers half your page... 

Damn word count!

Saturday, 7 September 2013

# 145

"Only what is not art can still be art." --- Jean Baudrillard, The Conspiracy of Art

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

# 144

"It's strange the way having money isn't much. You take three people to a restaurant and you pay three hundred dollars. Okay. Then you take those same three people to a corner shop - shoppe - and get everything there. You got just as filled at the corner shoppe as at the grande restaurant - more, actually - and it cost you only fifteen or twenty dollars, and you had basically the same food." --- Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

It strikes me that Warhol had the same attitude when it came to art. Why get all high and mighty about something in a gallery (or the food at a fancy restaurant) when the poster of the same image on your wall at home, looks exactly the same (when the food at the corner shop has the same ingredients)? :)

My room...

Monday, 2 September 2013

# 143

“Revolutionary periods begin with testing boundaries, and this testing then gets extended to social boundaries more central to life, until, by the end of the period, the whole of society has been transformed...” --- Arthur C. Danto, Andy Warhol

Thursday, 29 August 2013

# 141

"Why do people think artists are special? It is just another job." --- Andy Warhol

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

# 140

Andy Interview:

"Do you think Pop Art is ... "




"Do you think Pop Art is ... "

"No ... I don't."

Saturday, 24 August 2013

# 139

"I'm not trying to educate people to see things or feel things in my painting; there's no form of education in them at all." --- Andy Warhol

Monday, 19 August 2013

# 138

What does a Warhol fan get for her birthday???? Right!!!!

Saturday, 17 August 2013

# 137

Why should the Campbell's soup can standing on my desk not be art?

Friday, 16 August 2013

# 136

"One cannot find the provocation in the Warhol to think about what makes art and how artworks relate to commodities without finding one's ordinary expectations about visual engagement with his artwork flouted by its mere status as a thing, which means that the Warhol artwork depends on that pattern of ordinary expectations being in place for its point and its power. Remove the fact that everyone expects to be drawn into a work in a profoundly visual way, and the Warhol has no point. It will reduce to the status of a mere Brillo box." --- Daniel Herwitz, Making Theory/Constructing Art

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

# 135

... back from a couple of days in Germany where my cousin's wedding took place. It was a celebration with great style and glamour! Here is a photo of the wedding car :) 

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

# 134


Today would have been Andy Warhol's Birthday. According to European time it is shortly after midnight. In order to watch the live stream that was set up to show his grave for 24h, we'll just have to be patient for a while :) ... here is the link.

Monday, 5 August 2013

# 133

The Andy Warhol exhibition about Pop, Power & Politics can be seen at The Scottish Parliament from 5th October to 3rd November 2013 and I won't be able to go :( 

I was offered the great opportunity to do an internship at the  fabulous Museum Brandhorst in Munich (part of the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlung) before continuing with my PhD in Liverpool and I'm really looking forward to it! However, this means that I'll be in Munich while the exhibition is on and there is no way I'll be able to go to Scotland during that time. 

The good news is that the Museum Brandhorst will also host a Warhol exhibition while I'm doing my work experience. Therefore, I shouldn't even complain :) Nevertheless, not being able to go to the Pop and politics exhibition is bugging me! Especially because I'm extremely interested in the relation between art and politics and the power that each of the two have over each other... plus, I always wanted to do a trip to Scotland!

Sunday, 4 August 2013

# 132

"I really like to eat alone. I want to start a chain of restaurants for other people who are like me called ANDYMATS---'The Restaurant for the Lonely Person'. You get your food and then you take your tray into a booth and watch television." --- Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

I really wish such a chain of restaurants would exist!!!!

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Friday, 2 August 2013

# 130

"(...) whatever light one casts on the object Warhol, the Warhol effect, there is always something enigmatic about him which wrenches him out of the paradigm of art and the history of art." --- Jean Baudrillard

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

# 129

Here's what Arthur C. Danto wrote about Andy Warhol's Brillo Boxes in his famous 'The Artworld' essay, in 1964:

"Never mind that the Brillo box may not be good, much less great art. The impressive thing is that it is art at all. But if it is, why are not the indiscernible Brillo boxes that are in the stockroom? Or has the whole distinction between art and reality broken down?"

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

# 128

Can't sleep and can't stop thinking about questions concerning my MA dissertation ... Is Warhol's Brillo Box really art? If so, why? What is art? Do we have to define it? What is not art? Can the Brillo Box be art and non-art at the same time? Or, are we dealing with something completely different here? Does art truly have to exist? What is the difference between 'the end of art' and 'the disappearance of art'? Is there a difference? Anyone interested in giving answers? :)

Monday, 29 July 2013

# 127

"People look the most kissable when they're not wearing makeup. Marilyn's lips weren't kissable, but they were very photographable." --- Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

Sunday, 28 July 2013

# 126

It's a rainy Sunday here in Liverpool and I enjoy it! It makes it easier to focus on my MA dissertation about Danto's claim that art, as we know it, has come to an end (thanks to Andy's Brillo Boxes)

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

# 125

"Warhol's 'found' representations and their diagrammatic nature departed from the paradox that the more unmediated and spontaneous pictorial mark-making had become in Pollock's work (supposedly increasing the veracity and immediacy of gestural expression), the more it has acquired the traits of depersonalized mechanization." --- Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, 'Andy Warhol's One-Dimensional Art'

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

# 124

"I think that once you see the emotions from a certain angle you can never think of them as real again." --- Andy Warhol 

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Saturday, 20 July 2013

# 122

Andy Warhol's reaction when Lou Reed told him that he'd leave the Velvet Underground:

"Warhol was furious. I'd never seen Andy angry, but I did that day. He was really mad. He turned bright red and called me a rat. That was the worst thing he could think of. This was like leaving the nest." --- Lou Reed, Please Kill Me

Friday, 19 July 2013

# 121

This is an extremely interesting video, I think. It shows that the step from Abstract Expressionist ideas to pure Pop happened, for Andy, in the process of painting the Coca-Cola Bottles. The only thing that bugs me is that Mr Meyer is reading a passage that, he claims, is taken from Warhol's Diaries. However, I know the passage from Popism. This might be a minor detail but can anyone clarify where to find this passage in the Diaries?

Thursday, 18 July 2013

# 120

I finally got Arthur C. Danto's new book, published in April 2013, and here is what he has to say about Warhol this time:

"Andy Warhol's contibution to the definition of art was made not through text, but through remarkable body sculptures, which constituted his first project upon taking possession of the Silver Factory in 1963, and was shown the following spring at the Stable Gallery, which is today the business entrance on the 74th Street of the Whitney Museum of Art. The Brillo Box became a kind of philosophical Rosetta Stone, since it allowed us to deal with two languages - the language of art and the language of reality. The partial definition of art that I developed in The Transfiguration of the Commonplace was the result of reflections on the questions this remarkable object raised." --- Arthur C. Danto, What Art Is

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

# 119

My work has no future at all. I know that. A few years. Of course my things will mean nothing.” --- Andy Warhol 

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

# 118

How Warhol is Gaga?

I stumbled upon an interesting article in which the author is philosophizing about the connections that can be drawn between Lady Gaga and Andy Warhol. To give you an idea, here is an excerpt from the article: 

Lady Gaga is something of an anomaly: a pretentious pop starlet. To hear her tell it, she isn't the anonymous hookup facilitator you might assume from her robotically decadent techno hits but, rather, a savvy media manipulator engaged in an elaborate, Warholian pop-art project. She sprinkles interviews with references to Warhol's "deeply shallow" aphorism, David Bowie, Leigh Bowery, and The Night Porter. Her outlandisharchitectural outfits are meant to evoke the avant-garde designs of Thierry Mugler and Hussein Chalayan. She even has her own Factory-style crew of collaborators, which she calls the Haus of Gaga. That none of this is readily apparent in her actual songs might be part of the point. Her pretentiousness—the heady name-dropping, the high-concept video, the wild get-ups—hangs halolike around her music, encouraging us to consider the songs in a different and more radiant light. (For the full article click here.)
I find it astonishing that the author mentions Gaga's references to Warhol with such a negative undertone. The whole idea of copying others is not new and, in my opinion, the whole point of Warholism. If you can just use other people's ideas to create art, and get away with it, do it! At least she's 'citing' her sources, therefore plagiarism can't be the issue (although it didn't stop Warhol, either). And the shallowness that is created by such artistic practice is exactly the effect that the artist aims at. This is the true 'stroke of genius', namely, revealing that there is no genius. It's all part of the 'machinery'. 'That none of this is readily apparent in her actual songs' might not just be the whole point, it IS the whole point. In other words: the point is that there is no point. This  is the really great thing about Pop Art. Just take it all in without really thinking about it. It's only art, anyways. 

Monday, 15 July 2013

Sunday, 14 July 2013

# 116

Excerpt from the last interview with Andy Warhol:
You've been in trouble for using someone else's image as far back as 1964. What do you think about the legal situation of appropriated imagery, and the copyright situation?
I don't know. It's just like a Coca-Cola bottle when you buy it you always think it's yours and you can what ever you like with it. Now it's different because you pay a deposit on the bottle. We're having the same problem now with the John Wayne pictures. I don't want to get involved, it's too much trouble. I think that you buy a magazine, you pay for it, it's yours. I don't get mad when people take my things.
You don't do anything about it?
No. It got a little crazy when people were turning out paintings and signing my name.
What did you think about that?
Signing my name was wrong but other than that I don't care.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

# 115

It's sunny (even in Liverpool, haha) and a hot day requires hot tunes ... I can't think of any recent music video that is more 'Pop' than this one :)

Friday, 12 July 2013

# 114

"The biggest price you pay for love is that you have to have somebody around, you can't be on your own, which is always so much better. The biggest disadvantage, of course, is no room in bed. Even a pet cuts into your bed room." --- Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

Thursday, 11 July 2013

# 113

"My first paper, 'The Artworld' of 1964, had been an analytical response to an exhibition to which I have often referred, consisting of effigies of Brillo cartons by Andy Warhol, held at the Stable Gallery earlier that year. The question of why these were art while Brillo cartons, which they pretty closely resembled, were not, was the problem that possessed me then. It was clear that the difference between an ordinary Brillo boy and one of Warhol's could not account for the difference between art and reality, and the question was what can." --- Arthur C. Danto, The Philosophical Disenfranchisement of Art

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

# 112

I woke up this morning and found that one of my American cousins had posted photos of the Warhol designed Perrier water bottle on my Facebook page. What a pleasant surprise :D I especially like the quote on the back of the label: "I have a social disease I have to go out every night ... " --- Andy Warhol 

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

# 111

"But being famous isn't all that important. If I weren't famous, I wouldn't have been shot for being Andy Warhol. Maybe I would have been shot for being in the Army. Or maybe I would be a fat school teacher. How do you ever know?" --- Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

Sunday, 7 July 2013

# 110

It takes quite some time until Leo Castelli first mentions Andy Warhol in this interview but what he says is really important. The fact that Warhol raised photography into the realm of the arts by using them for his screen prints is undeniably key to the influence of Warhol on western art today. Mind you, there are still debates going on about whether photography should be an accepted art form or not and Warhol certainly wasn't the first and only artist to make use of photography. However, Warhol certainly did give photography a significant push towards its recognition among the arts and in an extended form he did the same for film. How many video art installations were there before Warhol? In many ways the  shows of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable were a break through in finding new areas of creativity and in pushing the frontier of art. I know that Americans like to think of themselves as a nation with a frontier spirit (moon landing etc.) and in that sense Warhol's art is an incorporation of this American spirit of going further than the rest... the fact that you sometimes end up pushing yourself over the edge is another topic for debate.

Saturday, 6 July 2013

# 109

I have sought here to situate pop art in a far wider context than the common art-historical contexts of causal influence and iconographic innovation. In my view pop was not just a movement which followed another movement and was replaced by another. It was a cataclysmic moment which signaled profound social and political shifts and which achieved profound philosophical transformations in the concept of art.” --- Arthur C. Danto, After the End of Art

Friday, 5 July 2013

# 108

"One of the things that happen when you write about your life is that you educate yourself. When you actually sit down and ask yourself, 'What was that all about?' you begin to think hard about the most obvious things. For instance, I've often thought, 'What is a friend? Somebody you know? Somebody you talk to for some reason over a period of time, or what?'" --- Andy Warhol, Popism

Thursday, 4 July 2013

# 107

What was the last exciting thing that happened to you?

Okay, here is something that cracks me up every time I watch it :D 

I've tried to single out the specific clip from the video but I don't know how to (if anyone knows, please get in touch) .... until then please watch this part of the documentary from 6:00min to 6:15 and pay attention to the dog!

I know my humour is extremely banal but I can't stop giggling ... 

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

# 106

"One day Billy bought in a phonograph from somewhere. He had a big collection of opera records - I think it was Ondine who started him on that. They both knew every obscure opera singer - I mean, singers no one had ever heard of - and they haunted the record stores for all the out-of-prints and private recordings. They loved Maria Callas best of all, though. They always said how great they thought it was that she was killing her voice and not holding anything back, not saving anything for tomorrow." --- Andy Warhol, Popism

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

# 105

... I really love this documentary! After a long weekend at the With Full Force Festival in Germany this is the perfect way to get back into studying mood ... my Master dissertation is due in September and I have a lot of research ahead of me ...

Thursday, 27 June 2013

# 104


"Money doesn't worry me, though I sometimes wonder where is it? Somebody's got it all." --- Andy Warhol 

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

# 103

     ... you gotta love Lou Reed ... 


Tuesday, 25 June 2013

# 102

"Someone said that Brecht wanted everybody to think alike. I want everybody to think alike. But Brecht wanted to do it through Communism, in a way. Russia is doing it under government. It's happening here all by itself without being under a strict government; so if it's working without trying, why can't it work without being Communist? Everybody looks alike and acts alike and we're getting more and more that way." --- Andy Warhol

Monday, 24 June 2013

# 101

"Beauty in danger becomes more beautiful, but beauty in dirt becomes ugly." 
--- Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

... I don't really agree with him 

Saturday, 22 June 2013

# 100

I just came back from my first conference. It took place at The Bluecoat Gallery in Liverpool and it was  part of the Lyceum Project which is organized by two of my lecturers in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Liverpool. 

Today's last speaker was Eileen John from the University of Warwick and the topic of her presentation was 'Appreciating the Art One Doesn't Like'. I found her speech thought provoking in many ways but what immediately captured my attention was her reflection on how we sometimes come to appreciate art that we don't like or that we even find 'ugly'. It not only made me remember my very first encounter with the art of Andy Warhol, which was an experience of initial disliking turning into immense appreciation, it also made me ask: is there such a thing as an aesthetics of the 'ugly'? (as opposed to Kant's famous Analytic of of the BeautifulAnd, what does 'ugly' mean? What exactly is this feeling of disliking and does it have reflective aesthetic value?

Thursday, 20 June 2013

# 99

All the hard work paid off ... Beginning in January 2014, I'll continue my studies at the University of Liverpool as a PhD student.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

# 98

"Even beauties can be unattractive. If you catch a beauty in the wrong light at the right time, forget it. I believe in low lights and trick mirrors. I believe in plastic surgery." --- Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

Thursday, 13 June 2013

# 97

It is well known that Andy Warhol's mother Julia played an elementary role in his life. She was always supportive of Andy's artistic talent and always saw how gifted he was. Yet, she also had her own fair share of creativity and artistry. She even signed some of her son's artworks, simply because Andy found his mother's handwriting more beautiful than his own. All of this was already known to me. What I didn't know  until just now was that she actually won an award for her calligraphy. Julia Warhola is responsible for the cover design of the LP The Story of Moondog by the blind, American composer and musician Moondog (1957). I find the album cover very beautiful. The playful handwriting, the sloping lines, the use of green, blue and purple ink. Simple and effective. Moreover, thanks to youtube, one can actually listen to some of the songs on the LP, and, as you can see, I have already picked my favourite :)

Apparently Moondog lived on the streets of New York City for about 30 years of his life. He was friends with Bernstein and Glass and later moved to Germany where he died in 1999. He had been blind since he was 16 years old and he was mainly a self-taught musician. It is said that he felt great admiration for Germany (something that strikes me as odd, being German I do not share this admiration haha) and it inspired him to wear self-made viking costumes... If you're interested in Moondog, it is worth googling him! I just started to read a couple of articles so I can't say that I now much about him yet ... So, if you find out more, let me know because I'm definitely intrigued! :)

Monday, 10 June 2013

# 96

New category: self-made Pop video ... freshly delivered from Liverpool city ... (something for foot fetishists, hahaha)

Saturday, 8 June 2013

# 95

Today, Arturo Vega passed away. He was the guy behind the famous Ramones logo and he also worked as their lighting director and T-Shirt manufacturer .... So, basically all these little punk kids (and a lot of unknowing fashion victims) carry Arturo's design on their chest .... He was a great artist ... I hope he found peace among all the other Ramones who sadly passed away so early ....
"All the London bands were hanging out in the alleyway, trying to get into the Roundhouse to see the Ramones. Johnny Rotten asked me if he could come through the back door and meet the band. He asked 'If they don't like me will they beat me up?' He thought the Ramones were a real gang, ha ha ha." --- Arturo Vega, Please Kill Me


# 94

Today I'm too lazy for anything ... the weather is actually sunny here in Liverpool and I feel like lying on the lawn outside my student accommodation, just staring at the daisies all day ... 

Friday, 7 June 2013

# 93

self-made Pop Art

... that's what you get from a Brazilian lemonade can :)

Thursday, 6 June 2013

# 92

a few vulgar pigs:

(L) Cause that's because they're tripping over their own noses. Which I amn't.
(L) Well that's ... (Music gets  louder.)
Lucky, there are a few vulgar pigs left in the world.
(L) Vulgar. That word vulgar's all ... anyway. It is.
Vulgar can only exist when the other exists with it. Right? 
(L) Right but ...

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

# 91

"It is worth asking oneself how many other American artists would have made the headlines had they been shot. The New York Post informed its readers 'Andy Warhol Fights for Life', on the assumption that its readers would know who was being talked about, and would have bought a copy of the paper to find out more. Of no other artist in America would this have been true. The Post's readers would have known that he was the guy who painted Campbell's Soup Cans. Even if we had given up painting, he remained an artist in the public mind. The fact that he now made movies instead of paintings meant that he was an artist who made movies. He had expanded the concept of the artist who made movies. He had expanded the concept of the artist as someone who no longer limited his product to one particular medium. There would have been no other American artist of whom something like that was true. He really reinvented the concept of the artist as free to use whatever medium presented itself. Even the most creative artists lived conventional artists' lives in comparison with his. He persisted in his view that painting, in his own case at least, was a finished phase, without this meaning that he was not continuing to be an artist. He had simply found ways of continuing to be an artist who no longer painted. That did not mean he felt comfortable about what he was, as Leo Castelli said about him. It just meant that feeling comfortable was no part of being an artist as he understood it." --- Arthur C. Danto, Andy Warhol

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

# 90

packing my things to go to London and then Germany for a couple of days :) 

... this video shows an Andy Warhol exhibition in Amberg, Germany, last year... near my original home town in Bavaria ... I find it really funny because it presents everything in a very pompous way although Amberg itself is rather small ... nevertheless, the exhibition was great!

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

# 89

It feels so good to have all my assignments handed in!!!! Enjoying my new freedom :) .... now I'm only one dissertation away from my MA in Philosophy and from starting my PhD in October .... but for now I have time for things like this ... by the way, I have a similar fish at home :D

Monday, 27 May 2013

# 88

"What is good about Warhol is that he is Stoical, agnostic, puritanical and heretical all at the same time. Having all the qualities, he generously credits all around him with them. The world is there, and it's excellent. People are there, and they're OK. They have no need to believe in what they are doing, they're perfect. He is the best, but everyone's a genius. Never before has the privilege of the creator been squashed in such a way, by a kind of maximalist irony." --- Jean Baudrillard, The Perfect Crime

Saturday, 25 May 2013

# 87

"People should fall in love with their eyes closed. Just close your eyes. Don't look." --- Andy Warhol

Sunday, 19 May 2013

# 85

With all the essays that I have to write at the moment I catch myself daydreaming about my time in the US ... exactly one year ago I was in New York City at the MoMa and I remember seeing the famous 'Dial-A-Poem' telephones ... they were created for a project initiated by Andy Warhol's former lover and Beat Poet John Giorno ... he had the idea after a telephone conversation with William S. Burroughs in 1968 ... one could just dial a number and listen one of Giorno's recorded poems ...
Why does this service not exist anymore? It would be such a lovely thing ... 'Ah, I have writers block! What can I do??? Oh... I know, just Dial - A - Poem and get your inspiration flowing' ... wouldn't it be nice ...