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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
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