“I just do art because I’m ugly and there’s nothing else for me to do.” - Andy Warhol
I have been trying to get over to see the Andy Warhol print exhibit before it closes in a couple of weeks. This past weekend was Second Sunday, which translates to free admission and utter chaos but it is worth it if you go early enough.
Warhol has quite a sense of humor and my daughter is old enough now where his work is not lost on her. Some of his more controversial prints were on rare display, almost hidden away in a back area. Those reminded me of my favorite fine art photographer, Robert Maplethorpe. No surprise, as they both ran is the same circles and were intrigued by the same "taboos".
By far my favorite example of Warhol humor is the portrait of Mao as a fashion icon from the 70's that recently sold for $12.6 million last spring.
“I don’t want to be smart, because being smart makes you depressed.” - Andy Warhol
“I can never get over when you’re on the beach how beautiful the sand looks and the water washes it away and straightens it up and the trees and the grass all look great. I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.”
“People need to be made more aware of the need to work at learning how to live because life is so quick and sometimes it goes away too quickly.”
“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.”
“When I did my self-portrait, I left all the pimples out because you always should. Pimples are a temporary condition and they don’t have anything to do with what you really look like. Always omit the blemishes – they’re not part of the good picture you want.”