Who Is Andy Warhol?

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    May 18, 2014 4:59 PM GMT

    NYT: Andy Warhol was, chronologically and by his own description, a nose picker, a pimp and a water guzzler. He was also (or therefore) one of the most various, complex and impressive talents the art world has produced. All those claims, however unlikely, can be confirmed by a visit to the Andy Warhol Museum here in his hometown. In honor of its 20th anniversary, the museum has been rethought from top to bottom, and the results are now being revealed to the public. There may not be another museum that digs as deep into a single artist, and gets as much out of the excavation.

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    May 18, 2014 5:20 PM GMT
    I was thinking of Warhol a day or two ago watching a PBS thing on George Plimpton. Also hearing of the (even more gay) revival of Cabaret again staged at Studio 54. I was way too young to be a part of all that scene but man, what a time it was. What a creative orgy. But also intelligent and educated. There are rare times in history when culture is moved forward so thoroughly not through disruption but through reinvention.
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    May 18, 2014 6:19 PM GMT
    I never met Warhol. I did know a guy from his NYC circle (now deceased), who introduced me to my favorite gin. We went out to dinner often, attended many art shows together, a mutual friend of my ex-BF and like him an art collector, and he told me stories about the crazy 60s with Warhol. He had original Warhol's that collectively were worth millions.

    Warhol was apparently very charismatic, and drew people to him. But even before he had a famous reputation with the New York glitterati he had been a ground-breaking commercial artist. He really was an innovative and original talent, who helped to redefine commercial art in the late 1950s and early '60s.

    Whether he was a GREAT artist is still open to debate, in my view. Early in his career he was criticized for "capitulating to consumerism." Yet, consumerism is part of our lives, so perhaps he immortalized it, and made us more aware of it.

    In any case, this poor son of immigrants comes to New York City from Pittsburgh, and takes it by storm. I gotta admire him just for that.
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    May 21, 2014 4:51 AM GMT
    He had a lot of money

    Think Matthew Barney but, less climate for historicity and less Nico