Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A Visit with Andy Warhol

Every once in a while I stop by Andy Warhol's grave for a visit. Not that he has much to say, but something about being right there--right where he is buried, is amazing to me. I'm not only a huge fan of his art, but also of his innovative ideas.

Did you know Andy Warhol first came up with the Seinfeld concept twenty years before the show? He had this idea for a TV show called "Nothing Special" about nothing at all, just everyday life.

Did you ever think of Andy Warhol as an environmentalist? In his book "The Philosophy of Andy Warhol", he says, "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 beautfiul art that anybody could ever want to own."

How about Andy the Humanitarian? "America is really The Beautiful. But it would be more beautiful if everybody had enough money to live."

One of my favorite Warhol quotes from "The Philosophy of Andy Warhol" is, "If I went to a lady of the night, I'd probably pay her to tell me jokes."

Three more reasons I'm a fan of Andy Warhol:
He grew up in Pittsburgh
He was a member of the Associated Artists, an art group I belong to
He is buried in Bethel Park, my neighborhood


Manon Doyle said...

I love coming to your blog Peggi! I learn so much each time I stop by.

Robin Maria Pedrero said...


Nice to make your acquaintence via twitter. You are a GOOD painter! Your blog is diverse and interesting. I am glad you stopped in to say hi and visited my blog. Let's keep in touch.


Abby Creek Art said...

So glad you had a nice vacation, Peggi. Love the paintings you did.

I got a kick out of learning about Warhol and Seinfeld!

Peggi Habets Studio said...

Manon, Robin and Linda,
Thanks for the comments and funny, but vacation seems like it was about a month ago, instead of last week!

More AW: "Everything is more glamorous when you do it in bed. Even peeling potatoes." :-)

High Desert Diva said...

I've never done any reading on Warhol...great quotes

Cathy Gatland said...

I wasn't much of a Warhol fan, but this year I've had a calendar on my wall of his artwork and quotes, and I've so enjoyed it, it's uplifting and quirky.

Chris Bolmeier said...

I watched a biography about Andy Warhol and he had quite an interesting life. He was ahead of his time and very very talented. As a young girl at the time he was popular I felt the media portrayed him as some sort of kook. Great Blog Post Peggy!

Peggi Habets Studio said...

Diva (I love that), Cathy and Chris, So true. He had a lot of interesting things to say. I think he was very intelligent. I'm not sure many people know him beyond his soup cans, which is a shame. The Warhol Museum is really worth seeing if you ever get to Pittsburgh.