Seeing this four hour documentary added a great deal to my understanding of Warhol's thrust in life as a person and as an artist. I still have this vague feeling that he pulled off the greatest "Emperor's New Clothes" of the Art World in the 20th Century....They say you cannot argue with success, but....I'm not sure about that. And yet, I still think those Electric Chair paintings are the most powerful pieces of his work that I have ever seen. There was a retrospective show many years ago and it was pretty amazing to see so much of his work in one place at the same time...and that was a powerful experience, too....He was a strange and rather sad creature in many ways if this documentary is accurate and I believe it is....and he certainly had more than his 15 minutes of fame and he couldn't have been more correct about that evaluation! If he could have just seen these many shows on television today....Everyone is getting their 15 minutes of fame, as he so prophetically predicted all those many years ago....
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WOW - i mean, really! just W.O.W.
i'll be back for more!!
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I did see part of that documentary this week, I wish that I ahd seen more. Warhol is an amazing artist, not just with his paintings, but with everything else he did as well.
Fascinating stuff! Doesn't it kill you when you know that you could have forked over $200 and been set for life? It's like when I thought about buying AOL stock in 1994 for about $30 a share.... ay yi yi. I'd be a freakin' gazlillionaire.
I may have told you my Warhol story: I was drinking in a bar on 49th and 1st in 1977-78 when Andy came in, literally propping up a TRASHED Truman Capote. They sat down next to me (I was dating the bartender whom they knew well..he also provided coke on tap, if you catch my drift.)
They were so weird but funny, and Truman was drawing little cartoons on a napkin. WHY OH WHY did I not take that napkin before I left the bar??
I guess we were not meant to be gazillionaires, you and I. ;)
Naomi? Do you have children? If you do, I sure hope they appreciate your knack for telling a story as much as the rest of us out here in BlogLand do! Honestly... you just make your life (and your memories) sound SO fascinating! I'm sure as you "lived" it, it was just as hum-drum as the rest of our lives -- but in the TELLING of it, you put so much pizzaz! This tale of Warhol and your memories of his work is such a great example of it! How many of us have gone into galleries or Art shows and NOT bought a painting.... and of course most of them DON'T go on to be renowned... but on occassion they DO. And similar such activities. Hum drum. If those soup cans had NOT made it big, you might not have even remembered having made the decision NOT to buy one! You just make it all fascinating! And I loved the Liz Taylor story too! Thanks!
Disregard my prior comment! I just read your 100 Things About Me -- and there has never been nor will there ever BE anything HUM DRUM about your existence! ROFL! (and I now know you have no children also!) YOU are an A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. woman! I am honored to be amongst your blog friends!
Naomi, what an incredible story! I know very little about Warhol, but he always seemed such a larger than life public figure. Thanks for sharing.
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I watched a bit of that documentary. I was sorry I was too tired to watch the entire thing. Thanks for your review! Love the blog BTW.
This is another fantastic post. I just want to give you a big hug for all of the beautiful things you have been sharing with the blog world.
I know this is a story about Warhol but that Liz Taylor story is hysterical lol.. You never really hear anything about her children, so that was nice.
Honestly speaking, I really don't know who Warhol is but I do know Campbell soup. They were my dad's favorite soup.
Thanks for your lovely comments.
Hindsight is always 20/20 isn't it. Love the Micheal Wilding story that is classic.
Personally I use that Andy Warhold 15 minute quote a LOT ;)
Oh, yes. Why do we not know those who are to go on to greatness when they first appear? Now this is the big question. One picture of a soup can for 2 million dollars? This tells you that there are a lot of impractical people out there with more money than sense..... that two million could have fed quite a few kids, yes?
I LOVE Warhol and he was a very fascinating character. I don't think he was much appreciated in those early days, but innovative artists usually aren't. In his art AND his life, he was the epitome of "avant-garde".
That was so interesting. I wonder if they'll re-air the docu....I'd like to catch it. I don't know hardly anything about him, but loved the Blum/liz taylor story!! Priceless. You never cease to amaze me with your stories, memories, and experiences. I am so glad you are here to enlighten me!! Truly, i am!!
Dang! I wish I had remembered to see that. I heard about it, but just forgot. :(
If I had a buck for everytime I could have bought a painting cheaply, I would be a gazillionaire now (wouldn't we all?). Problem is - we don't have foresight like that guy did. Of course, I wouldn't have given you a plug nickel for a painting of a soup can - and I still fail to see the significance of them - but it would be nice to have my finger on the pulse of the art world and know who/what would be famous.
I love the Elizabeth Taylor story, and I always loved her.
fascinating! warhol always seemed larger than life and your story made him that much more interesting. too bad that documentary hasn't reached our shores yet. the michael wilding anecdote is something only you would be able to share. ;)
I love the Emperor's New Clothes metaphor for Warhol's work. Like you, I have never 'got' the soup can thing.
But yes, his electric chair pictures are incredibly provoking, but then, so is that particular piece of furniture!
Wonderful post, as ever, honey :-)
Warhol is an amazing artist, love the Liz Taylor portrait, loved your post and don't remember now what Michael Wilding Jr. looks like but I remember thinking he was very, very handsome!
If someone would have told me 50 years ago that you could become rich and famous by painting a HUGE picture on a can of soup. I would have said, "YOU ARE NUTS!" I guess they would have had the last laugh! ~ jb///
I won't be able to look at a can of Campbell's soup now without thinking of Warhol!! I knew nothing about him until now!! You are such a wealth of information Naomi.
Your blog is so interesting!!
Too bad you didn't buy the painting but we just never know about those things at the time!!
Another great post dear Naomi! (Give Sweetie a rub on the head for me!)
If we all only knew THEN what we know now...
We'd all be very rich!! It's funny that those paintings became so incredibly valuable. I think they are good paintings, for sure, but one can never tell why certain artists' works sky rockets in value.
I can appreciate most art, even if it is not something I would purchase. I have seen some art that makes no sense at all, and shows no real talent. Andy Warhol did have talent.
GREAT Liz Taylor story!!!!
It rained BIG time here yesterday. We are trying to dry out today. Happy Sunday!
Another great story, Naomi.
I think that Andy Warhol was a talent artist and I like so much Elizabeth Taylor's painting!
I think also that his statement about "15 minutes of fame" was prophetic! You made a great job in this post, as always you do!
This is great Naomi.. Have you thought about writing a book, with all your wealth of knowledge ?
Is it ok if I print it out and take it to school?
Im always excited to read the next installment.. you never know whats coming.. :)
I got to see the portrait Warhol did of Steve Wynn while in Vegas last fall. What an interesting guy! They broke the mold with him. I enjoyed your post.
We are enjoying the Masters series on PBS so much, Naomi. We saw the one on Leonard Bernstein and were fascinated. I'm sorry we missed the Warhol one now. Thank you for sharing all that!
CONGRATULATIONS on your WIN!!! I hope I'm the FIRST! Speech! Speech! *g*
And thank you for blogrolling me! I'm actually fixin' to add YOU too -- and several others tonight! I've been meaning to do it for quite some time and just never get around to it! You guys reminded me tonight that I wanted to DO it! ... thanks!
I will keep an eye out for that documentary - now that I've joined Netflix, it will be easier to see movies and shows that I miss. Good to "see" you again, it's been since your birthday, I think!
As ever, ehat a wonderful story. I have always had the same inkling that Warhol was the 20th century Emporers New Clothes but there is no denying his significance as a result. I think the grafitti artist turned mainstream artist 'Banksy' is the 21st century version of Warhol. There is no denying his talent as a grafitti artist but I simply do not 'get' his painted elephant!
Like everyone else I too loved the Liz Taylor story :0)
I enjoyed reading this. I wish I had seen that documentary as well. We live close to the Andy Warhol museum in Pittsburgh and I hope to visit it soon.
that was an interesting piece on Warhol. I don't know what I think about him as an artist. He did unique work for the times though. I think often with art, it's like the Emperor's New Clothes and if the 'experts' say it's art, everybody else says how wonderful. Determing what really was great often takes the next generation to decide and once money enters the picture, that becomes the criteria
Oh my goodness, I just can't believe ONE of those warhol paintings sold for soooo much! I thought you were exaggerating a bit when you said you would have been financially set for life if you had bought one, but then I read on and saw you weren't exaggerating one bit!!
Ah well...who says $$$ make us happy?? :)
Never really been into Warhol myself, I probably wouldn't have bought one either!!!
Never been into Warhol too much, but it is a fascinating story! And loved the Liz Taylor story too!
I watched some of this show too and found it fascinating. Mostly because I love to see what makes people tick, especially artists. But I also agree with you about the suspicion that Warhol pulled of an emperor wore no clothes.
I really enjoyed reading this post & will likely reread it. :-)
I both despise & admire Warhol's work.
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