“I think it would be very glamorous to be reincarnated as a great big ring on Liz Taylor’s finger.” –Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again
This philosophical novel, written in 1975 by American artist and Prince of Pop, Andy Warhol (1928-1987), is comprised of “quotable quotes” by the artist on subjects including but not limited to: love, beauty, fame, work, sex, time, death, economics, success, and art.
One quote I find especially beautiful is:
“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 beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.”
After a successful career in commercial illustrating, Warhol became a renowned, and sometimes controversial, artist. His works were created with a wide-ranging variety of mediums including: hand drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening, sculpture, film, and music. Andy Warhol is best known as a leading figure in the Pop Art movement. His works are said to “explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertising.” His most notable works include: Chelsea Girls, a 1966 film; Exploding Plastic Inevitable, a 1966 exhibit; and the Campbell’s Soup Cans, a 1962 painting.
The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again was not Warhol’s only literary work. He was also the founder of Interview Magazine and wrote a second novel, Popism: The Warhol Sixties.
He was also the manager and producer of The Velvet Underground, a rock band that became a leading figure in the Punk Rock movement.
A true Renaissance man.
How ‘bout one more quirky quote from the book?
“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.”
Spoken like a true perfectionist. Solidarity, Warhol.
A signed copy of The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again is housed in MU Special Collections and Rare Book Department.