Andy Warhol created fame. He manifested celebrity. He defined the term icon. And he gave pop art an eternal life. With leaping colours and swirling pop culture themes splattered on his striking images, and a blazing social life that would make any other human being collapse, it’s no wonder we love him here at OPUS.
Let us count the ways…
1. Long before OutKast told us to shake them, Warhol made Polaroid cool and covetable with a series of celebrity candids.
“I have Social Disease. I have to go out every night. If I stay home one night I start spreading rumours to my dogs.”
2. He was the original Facebook. He documented his life and the people around him with more hunger and vitality than most of us do on social media today.
“A picture means I know where I was every minute. That’s why I take pictures. It’s a visual diary.”
3. Everyday household objects became works of art when looked at through his eyes. He brought Campbell’s soup cans and Coca Cola bottles to life, while simultaneously boosting the brands’ sales. He taught us to appreciate the “ordinary”.
“I like boring things.”
4. First rule of icon: Be yourself. Warhol was always open about his sexuality, desires, and personal life by expressing each facet through his art. Then again, he was also the master of warping perceptions. What was actually real and what was fantasy?
“I don’t know where the artificial stops and the real starts.”
5. He didn’t care about the critics. Warhol never stopped creating art.
“Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.”
~Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider