Thursday, 28 February 2013

# 46

Packing. Going to Belfast over the weekend to see the Andy Warhol exhibition at The Mac. Exciting :)

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

# 45

"I was in my surfer look for the second summer in a row, blue and white T-shirts. Most people who came by to see me wouldn't even recognize me at first if I wasn't painting, because the pictures in the newspapers usually showed me wearing my leather outfits from Leather Man down in the Village. But it was summer - the summer of the Spoonful's 'Summer in the City' song as a matter of fact - and it was just too hot for my trademark look. Sp because I didn't look like what they expected, people often didn't notice me." --- Andy Warhol, Popism, year 1966

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

# 44

The Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh gives you the opportunity to create your own screen prints. Here is one of mine:

Makes a nice room decoration:

Saturday, 23 February 2013

# 43

"Warhol reintroduces nothingness into the heart of the image. In this sense, we cannot say he is not a great artist: fortunately for him, he is not an artist at all. The point of his work is a challenge to the very notion of art and aesthetics." --- Jean Baudrillard, The Perfect Crime 

Friday, 22 February 2013

# 42

Last paragraph in Andy Warhol's diary, February 17th 1987: 

"Got into bed and Wilfredo called and then Sam called and then I fell asleep. But I woke up at 6:30 and I couldn't get back to sleep, so I took some Valium and a Seconal and two aspirin, and I was sleeping so heavily that I didn't wake up when PH called at nine o'clock. And when I didn't answer she got scared because that had never happened before, so she called on the other line and Aurora answered in the kitchen, and PH made her come up to my bedroom to shake me but I wish she'd just let me sleep."

On February 22nd, 1987, Andy Warhol died in New York. But his art is still everywhere :)

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

# 41

The Guardian's blogger Jonathan Jones wrote an entry about a phenomenon that has to be noticed this year: American art of the 60s and 70s is taking over Britain's most famous galleries
It's not really a surprise that he came to this conclusion when you take a look at the big exhibitions at Tate and Co. But I would say that it is not just happening in the UK but in Germany as well. The Vitra Design Museum is a good example and the Museum Brandhorst will open a Warhol exhibition in September. 
Obviously I'm pleased with this development but I also wonder: Just what is it that makes American art so different, so appealing? I might start an attempt to find out in the next couple of weeks. I plan on writing one of my assignments about the new Warhol exhibition in Belfast. Let's see if I can make a case study about the cultural dissemination of Pop Art. 

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

# 40

The Telegraph published an interesting article about the German artist Kurt Schwitters, giving him the title of godfather of Pop Art.  Of course, it is not a coincidence that the Tate Modern, alongside its Roy Lichtenstein Retrospective, presents a Schwitters in Britain exhibition until 12th May. The must see exhibitions are piling up this year! How will I ever find the time to see them all??? Hmpf. Well, luxury problems I guess, haha

Monday, 18 February 2013

# 39

The Warhol Museum acquired 100 of John William Kennedy's early photos of Andy Warhol... before he became famous, before he changed the art world forever. I've had the pleasure to see these pictures in New York City last year. They are great! Not only do they have the feel of intimate snapshots, they also make you want to take photos yourself :)


Saturday, 16 February 2013

# 38

(chapter 15:)


What I Do on Saturday When My Philosophy Runs Out.

The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

Friday, 15 February 2013

# 37

If you're in the UK right now, there are four exhibitions the regular Pop Art enthusiast shouldn't miss:

Tate Modern, London: 
Roy Lichtenstein Retrospective
A Bigger Splash

Tate Liverpool: 
Glam, the Performance of Style

The Mac, Belfast: 
Andy Warhol

I think it's save to say that there is a Pop Art hype going on :)

Thursday, 14 February 2013

# 36

"My ideal wife would have a lot of bacon, bring it home, and have a TV station besides." --- Andy Warhol

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

# 35

Kind of 'homesick' for New York this morning... if you're one of the lucky people living there or traveling there, don't miss out on Taylor Mead! ... last summer he still had his weekly show each Monday at the Bowery Poetry Club...  The star of Andy Warhol's film Taylor Mead's Ass presents his lovely rambling poems and other random comments. It's a sheer pleasure! Hope he's still alive and kicking :) 

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Monday, 11 February 2013

# 33

"Tony DeFries brought funny little David Bowie to Warhol's Factory. I had to deal with the business there - people didn't discuss anything with Andy because Andy didn't know what to say, so I had to do all the discussing. So I'm talking with Tony DeFries, and he says, 'RCA has given me a lot of money to promote this guy in America,' and points to Bowie - this funny little white-skinned guy sitting over in the corner. Tony says, 'We think he's gonna go through the roof. He's big. And RCA has given me a lot of money, so my idea to promote Bowie is that Andy Warhol come with us on the U.S. tour.'
There's Andy in the one corner, and this shy little Bowie thing in another corner - they're sort sort of eying each other across the room, and here's DeFries proposing that Andy be paid as a groupie! For David Bowie! I couldn't believe it." --- Paul Morrisey in Please Kill Me

Saturday, 9 February 2013

# 32

Click here to read a lovely interview with the Chief Archivist of the Andy Warhol Museum, Matt Wribcan. He was asked to talk about Andy's taste in music and there is of course more to find out than his famous collaboration with The Velvet Underground! 

One specific comment keeps me thinking: Wribican comments on the fact that Warhol blurred the line of the aesthetics of his life and of his work. I have thought about this before and I agree with Wribican that although Warhol did have a private life, a life the public was not fully aware of, there was so much of his personality hidden in his works and his media appearances that it is difficult to tell what was performance and what was the real Andy. One of Warhol's famous quotes "I don't know where the artificial stops and the real starts," says it all!

Take his interviews for example. Sometimes he would answer any questions with just "Mh, yes" or "Mh, no". Surely, this added to his 'cool image', simply staying detached from everything that was related to his work. But obviously Warhol  also was a deeply shy person, so this method of 'staying cool' in intervews was also a way of using his own shyness (which would have been seen as a weakness) and turn it into one of his most iconic character trades. 

I cannot help but admire anyone who manages to make their very personal anxieties and fears a part of whatever success they have. Insecurities are not necessarily a hindrance, whenever things overwhelm you, just put your imaginary sunglasses and your leather jacket on and 'stay cool'.

Friday, 8 February 2013

# 31

Just found out that there is a Warhol Exhibition in Belfast, Northern Ireland, opening today! How can it be that I haven't heard about this earlier??? Given the fact that I'm currently studying in Liverpool (just a ferry ride away from Belfast) there are simply no excuses... a weekend trip needs to be planned!

For anyone else who is interested, here is the link to the Andy Warhol Exhibition at The Mac in Belfast.


Thursday, 7 February 2013

# 30

"Whenever I'm interested in something, I know the timing's off, because I'm always interested in the right thing at the wrong time. I should just be getting interested after I'm not interested any more, because right after I'm embarrassed to still be thinking about a certain idea, that's when the idea is just about to make somebody a few million dollars. My same good mistake." --- Andy Warhol

I wonder what Andy was referring to with his complaint about others making millions of dollars with his ideas... it rather seems to me as if it always was the other way round... (for example the idea for painting dollar bills came from a friend). Plus, his timing was always perfect! The Campbell's soup cans are a brilliant example for: at the right place at the right time (in art history).

But I guess this quote is what you could call a 'Warholian' kind of understatement. 

Monday, 4 February 2013

# 28

"Mom always said not to worry about love, but just to be sure to get married. But I always knew that I would never get married, because I don't want children, I don't want them to have the same problems that I have. I don't think anybody deserves that." --- Andy Warhol

Sunday, 3 February 2013

# 27

"Warhol's interest in the aura of things is also an interest in how the auric, distant, star-bright, fantastic or shocking becomes ordinary through innundation and habituation. He is among the first to have noticed that continuous exposure to a set of images without perspective or explanataion tends to make these images, however powerful and shocking they might be if taken singly, banal. Mass innundation with images can, it is now a commonplace to say, make the most powerful images - of car crashes and deaths in the electric chair - turn into everyday and the unnoticed. Distance makes the heart grow sharper; habituation to an unceasing flow of overwhelming images makes the heart grow dull and the mind read automatically. This banality of reading is, in effect, accomodation to the banality of evil, produced through overconsumption without analysis. One can only be shocked so many times, whether by the gruesome or by the avant-garde. 
Warhol understood both of these things. One of Warhol's assistants, Ronnie Cutrone, said Warhol began the Mao and hammer and sickle because these also were becoming familiar, and mass dissemination can 'familiarize everything, drain it of meaning.'"
--- Daniel Herwitz, Making Theory, Constructing Art

Friday, 1 February 2013

# 25

Unseen Warhol drawings are on display in the US. I wish I could go and see them! Click here for the Telegraph article

With Andy's tremendous work ethos I'm absolutely sure that there must be hundreds of paintings and drawings which haven't been presented to the public yet. 

I really think that Warhol is exceptional in the way that he gave the future his imprint. He's dead for 26 years now and his corporation is still in business. It's as if he's still alive, unfortunately we nevertheless miss out on his unique public persona.