On Sunday I visited a fantastic exhibition of Andy Warhol. Already a fan of his artwork, I’m now even more impressed!
You may already know this, but here are some interesting facts about his life and work that I had forgotten:
- He was born to working class Slovakia born parents.
- He was quite sickly as a child and he spent large amounts of time drawing in his bed.
- He actually started as a fashion illustrator. Editors loved him for his brilliant work, but also because he was very willing to change the drawings and do exactly what the editors wanted.
- He later did a lot of shoe illustrations and advertising work for shoes.
- He created time capsules. Basically he put everything that had inspired him during a particular time in a box. I was able to see the contents of one of those boxes, which was full of pictures, newspaper clippings and magazines. I was particularly impressed by the magazines. Even the cover of the Seventeen magazine looks so artful and stylish! He had 612 finished time capsules!
- His studio “The Factory” was completely silver coloured and covered in aluminium foil.
- He was almost killed in 1968 when he got shot by Valerie Solanas. Perhaps I did not know about this as Robert F. Kennedy got shot only 2 days later, which got all the coverage.
- He painted many rich people for portait commissions in the 1970s.
- He founded Interview Magazine.
- He got back into painting again after being influenced by artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.
- He died quite unexpectedly from a routine gallbladder operation in 1987.
- In his will he dictated that his estate go towards the “advancement of the visual arts”.
Of course he is very famous for turning very ordinary products into pieces of art. Here is what he said on the subject:
“What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coca-Cola, Liz Taylor drinks Coca-Cola, and just think, you can drink Coca-Cola, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the cokes are the same and all the cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it.”
The importance of art
I have come back from this exhibiton with a renewed sense of awe for artists and determined to visit more art exhibitons. I really liked what one of my favorite designers, Tina Tan-Leo from Alldressedup, had to say about the importance of art in a recent Harper’s Bazar Singapore:
“Art keeps you dreaming and allows for a beautiful and creative outlet of expression out of the box. It pushes you to be different and counter the routine of life. Art frees one’s mind and ultimately enriches the soul”
About the outfit
I bought this layered skirt a while ago in Bali and usually wear it with something white on top. But, as you know, I want to wear more colour so I combined it with my MPhosis red top. Unfortunately, I forgot to straighten the skirt before taking the pictures, so the drapes look a bit unbalanced. Normally the drapes fall at the same point as the drapes of the red shirt start, giving it a very balanced look with this top. My hair looks very messy in the wind too! My black and white necklace is proving to be a real winner. I find that it suits so many outfits!
I hope you all had a fabulous weekend? What inspired you this weekend and what did you wear?