The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

By Emmy Lee | Posted on August 10th, 2012

I first read The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again) about five years ago and immediately wished I had read it sooner. In it, Warhol pontificates on love, beauty, fame, work, time, death and success – all the really important, controversial, juicy things in life you wish someone would give you their honest thoughts on. It’s fascinating reading about his life, narrated with his unique voice and his opinions and observations are often astute, pithy and laugh-out-loud funny.

Warhol on Beauty: “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.”

Warhol on Love: “People should fall in love with their eyes closed. Just close your eyes. Don’t look.”

Warhol on Fame: “When you see somebody on the street, they can really have an aura. But then when they open their mouth, there goes the aura. ‘Aura’ must be until you open your mouth.”

Warhol on Class: “The rich have many advantages over the poor, but the most important one, as far as I’m concerned, is knowing how to talk and eat at the same time.”


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