Andy Warhol

(1928 - 1987)

With a degree in pictorial design, Andy Warhol moved to New York City in 1949 and by the late 1950s was earning $100,000 a year for his commercial illustrations. “I want to be a machine,” he declared in 1962, the same year he exhibited 200 Campbell’s Soup Cans and began making art in the Factory, a working space that became a social hub for artists, musicians, and drug addicts. “Now and then someone would accuse me of being evil,” the artist wrote, “of letting people destroy themselves while I watched, just so I could film and tape-record them. But I don’t think of myself as evil—just realistic.” Warhol’s silkscreen print Eight Elvises sold for $100 million in 2008.

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I’d like to be a machine, wouldn’t you?

—Andy Warhol, 1963

Very shy people don’t even want to take up the space that their body actually takes up.

—Andy Warhol, 1975

Think rich. Look poor.

—Andy Warhol, 1975

Sex is more exciting on the screen and between the pages than between the sheets. 

—Andy Warhol, 1975


About how statements get written up by the press, Andy Warhol wrote, “It would always be different from what I’d actually said—and a lot more fun for me to read. Like if I’d said, ‘In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes,’ it could come out ‘In fifteen minutes everyone will be famous.’ ” About the future, Andy Warhol also wrote, “I really do live for the future, because when I’m eating a box of candy, I can’t wait to taste the last piece. I don’t even taste any of the other pieces.”

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