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 :)