Andy Warhol is the undisputed king of Pop Art. Contenders to the throne are Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Indiana, but really, no one captured and influenced the collective imaginary as much as Andy did.
Andy was not just an artist but a style icon, a trend setter, a writer, a film-maker, an outspoken personality, an openly gay man (in a time when society was way more judgemental about it than today), a socialite and the list goes on!
His personality still resonates not only through his ground breaking (some would say banal) artworks but his own words. His quotes are legendary:
“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
“In the future, everybody will be world famous for 15 minutes. In the future everyone will have their fifteen minutes of fame.”
“Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, “So what.”
“My mother didn’t love me.” So what.
“My husband won’t ball me. So what.
“I’m a success but I’m still alone.” 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, you never forget.”
And so on…
His book The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (a Walton Fine Arts literary recommendation) is equally interesting, amusing and incredibly smart. Or dull, shallow and extremely cynical according to taste, in a typical Andy Warhol dual fashion.
Such is his influence and power that now Tom Ford (quote) “wants you to dress like Andy Warhol next season”.
Well if Tom Ford wants us to, who are we to say no? Check it out on this GQ magazine article.
Andy’s legacy lives on.