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 ...