Andy Warhol
The Andy Warhol Diaries

Andrew Warhola was born on August 6, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Warhol, a sickly child, felt like an outcast amongst his classmates and spent a good amount of his time at home with his mother. It was during this period that Warhol discovered his love for art. Warhol first attained fame in the early 1960s with his innovation in pop art. Warhol went on to become a filmmaker, painter, and author and soon was recognized as a socialite worldwide. In 1968, an assassination attempt was made on Warhol; Warhol survived, though affected for the rest of his life. Warhol died on February 22, 1987 from post gallbladder surgery complications.
  • "They asked questions all directed at me-- and I wasn't prepared so I just said yes or no. But afterwards I regretted doing my same old shy act, when I should have used the situation for practice-- I'd love to be able to talk more and give little speeches. I want to work on that" (6). Warhol was treated as an outcast in childhood and kept to himself most of his early life. When his art put him in the limelight, he was thrust into a new situation. Although many would not know it, Warhol was still quite shy. He longed to be comfortable in social situations and to improve his social skills.
  • "There was a guy cleaning the windows of the plane as I was going on, and some people can just look up and say, "Hi, Andy" so casually, and he was great, he did that" (21). Andy Warhol appreciated those who regarded him as an average person. Throughout his career, Warhol was surrounded by sycophants and people getting what they wanted from him and then dropping him. Warhol recognized the hypocrites and the ladder-climbers, and he longed to be treated normally. So, when Warhol came in contact with people who treated him as they would anyone else, he was pleased.
  • "In the future everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes" (23). This famous statement illustrates Andy Warhol's belief that fame was a fleeting, fickle thing. Warhol was often uncomfortable with his own fame and sought to downplay his popularity. Warhol believed that people were quick to shift their focus from something that was "in" to something even that became cooler. Thus, each person will be famous for at least fifteen minutes (being completely subject to the public's desires.)
  • "Bianca was driving me crazy, saying how she's researching my days in Pittsburgh for her book on Great Men, and she went on and on about how I broke the system, broke the system, broke the system, and I felt like saying "Look, Bianca, I'm just here. I'm just a working person. How did I break the system?" God, she's dumb" (647). This quote further chronicles Warhol's modesty. Warhol disliked excessive praise, for he felt that he was just a normal person who happened to gain public interest. Warhol maintained that he was just working hard like everybody else. Warhol didn't believe he was revolutionary. His art was just normal, average, everyday work to him.
Warhol mingled with the rich and famous of his day and
didn't like what he saw. Warhol spotted the hypocrites and the fakes that ran in his crowd. Warhol was displeased with the fickleness of people, and he hated to be grouped with them. He, instead, longed to be regarded as a normal hardworking artist. Through Warhol's perspective, I have learned more about the history of the entertainment
industry and those who were willing to do just about
anything to attain their "fifteen minutes." How true Warhol was when he expressed that those people will eventually lose the interest of the fickle public just as they treated
others with little regard as they strove to gain popularity.

Works Cited:

· Warhol, Andy. The Andy Warhol Diaries. New York: Warner Books, 1989. Print.
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