Happy Birthday Andy Warhol

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Celebrating Warhol: His Art Tips for You!

Happy birthday to Andy Warhol (Aug. 6, 1928 - Feb. 22, 1987). The acclaimed artist and pop culture icon would have been 85 this week. He was especially known for his pop art in the 1960s—art that explored the relationship between celebrity, culture, and advertising. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, his artistic expression came in the form of varied media: drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening, and even film and music. And yes, he's the guy who said, "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." (Did he have a premonition about reality TV?)

Warhol was a prolific communicator and has been the subject of numerous exhibitions, documentaries, and books. Because of that, many tips and quotes of his can be easily found. So in honor of the man during his birthday week, we're presenting his art tips for you. And remember, we're not saying these quotes are right or wrong as to what an artist should do or who an artist should be. Let's face it, Warhol was quite a character. His many quotes are interesting to ponder, though, while taking the whole of the man into perspective.

Let's start with this quote about his thoughts who is an artist: “An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have, but that he — for some reason — thinks it would be a good idea to give them.” And then let's see what Warhol said about himself: “If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There’s nothing behind it.”

Now here are more Warhol art tips for you!

The Business of Art

“Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. … Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.”

“You really have a social disease when you make all play work. The only reason to play hard is to work hard, not the other way around like most people think.”

Art Philosophy

“Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

"I like boring things."

“My instinct about painting says, ‘If you don’t think about it, it’s right.’ As soon as you have to decide and choose, it’s wrong. And the more you decide about, the more wrong it gets.”

“Art is what you can get away with.”

“Pop art is a way of liking things.”

“I like to be the right thing in the wrong place and the wrong thing in the right place. Being the right thing in the wrong place and the wrong thing in the right place is worth it because something interesting always happens.”

“I’m afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.”

“A picture means I know where I was every minute. That’s why I take pictures. It’s a visual diary.”


“You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you.”

“A lady friend of mine asked me, ‘Well, what do you love most?’ That’s how I started painting money.”

“I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.”

“Land really is the best art.”

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.

“I do the same thing everyday. I go to work and paint. I try to turn out as many pictures as I can.”

“Security breeds stagnation.”


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