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Andy Warhol “America”


Pilt

  • In America you either need money or style to live very well. Everything’s here and you can tap into it either by buying it or by convincing people to let you have it for free because you’re great to look at and they want you around.
  • If you inherit so much money that you never have to work, what do you do? There’s only so much TV and vacations and lunching around that anyone can take, so if you get the money and then get the syndrome, you wander around, thinking to yourself “Who am I? What should I do?”
  • I’m the type who’d be happy not going anywhere as long as I was sure I knew exactly what was happening at the places I wasn’t going to. I’m the type who’d like to sit home and watch every party that I’m invited to on a monitor in my bedroom.
  • The more information you get the less fantasy you have. Or maybe, with more information, you just have more details to build more fancy fantasies on.
  • The mystery was gone but the amazement was just starting.

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Andy Warhol “The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again)”


  • As soon as you stop wanting something you get it. I’ve found that to be absolutely axiomatic. /…/ In the years after I’d decided to be a loner, I got more and more popular and found myself with more and more friends.
  • I always think about the people who build buildings and then they’re not around anymore. Or a movie with a crowd scene and everybody’s dead. It’s frightening.

A: I like your apartment.

B: It’s nice but only big enough for one person – or two people who are very close.

A: You know two people who are very close?

  • I became what you might call fascinated by certain people. One person in the 60s fascinated me more than anybody I had ever known. And the fascination I experienced was probably very close to a certain kind of love.
  • You know how honey always drips. Honey should come out of something that squirts – like ketchup in a drive-in.
  • If a mirror looks into a mirror, what is there to see?
  • Some critic called me the Nothingness Himself and that didn’t help my sense of existence any. Then I realized that existence itself is nothing and I felt better.
  • People should fall in love with their eyes closed.
  • The best atmosphere I can think of is film, because it’s 3-dimensional physically and 2-dimensional emotionally.
  • You just never know with people. You just never know what they’ll like, what you should do for them.
  • I think “aura” is something that only someone else can see, and they only see as much of it as they want to. It’s all in the other person’s eyes.
  • They always say that time changes things but you actually have to change them yourself.

B: Is it raining?

A: I think they’re spitting at us.

  • Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say: “So what.” /…/ I don’t know how I made it through all the years before I learned how to do that trick. It took a long time for me to learn it, but once you do it you never forget.
  • You’re usually making the same mistakes. You apply your usual mistakes to every new category or field you go into.
  • 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 really believe in empty spaces, although as an artist I make a lot of junk. Empty space is never-wasted space. Wasted space is any space that has art in it.
  • An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have but that he – for some reason – thinks it would be a good idea to give them.

B: Is that a female impersonator?

A: Of what?

  • My favourite piece of sculpture is a solid wall with a hole in it to frame the space on the other side.
  • There should be supermarkets that sell things and supermarkets that buy things back, and until that equalizes, there’ll be more waste than there should be.
  • I’m impressed with people who can create new spaces with the right words.

A: Should we walk? It’s really beautiful out there.

B: No.

A: Okay.

  • You can’t do things that you’re not the type to do. It’s a bad idea.
  • “He’s adorable. Is it okay for guys to be adorable?” – “It’s okay for anybody to be adorable.”
  • Everybody has problems but the thing is to not make a problem about your Problem.
  • Never complain about a situation while the situation is still going on.
  • If you can’t believe it’s happening pretend it’s a movie.