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5.0 out of 5 stars Warhol is witty and, against his better judgment, profound.
This book reveals interesting and paradoxically profound aspects of Warhol, a man whose reputation for shallowness and whose self-confessedly mercenary approach to art can be offputting.
His philosophy is to question the nature of art and of beauty itself.He does that in print here as he does elsewhere in paint and film. He neatly highlights and passes back to the...
Published on 28 Mar. 2002

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good
Andy warhol can be really confusing at times in the book- but if u can keep up its worth the read!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warhol is witty and, against his better judgment, profound., 28 Mar. 2002
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This review is from: The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again (Harbrace Paperbound Library ; Hpl 75) (Paperback)
This book reveals interesting and paradoxically profound aspects of Warhol, a man whose reputation for shallowness and whose self-confessedly mercenary approach to art can be offputting.
His philosophy is to question the nature of art and of beauty itself.He does that in print here as he does elsewhere in paint and film. He neatly highlights and passes back to the reader for re-examination the differentiations commonly made between art and artefact, between intimate and public, between personal and mass-produced.
There speaks a naked and entertaining truthfulness from the page and there is a refusal to deal in the euphemism and pretention which pervade much art criticism. It's also very funny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Turns your mind upside-down, 2 Dec. 1998
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This is one of my 5 favorite books of all time. I'm not a huge fan of Andy's art, but his PHILOSOPHIES are AMAZING! He's got such a creative mind. Willing to look at things from underneath instead of only from the front. Such great thoughts as, "If there's one person I would really like to put on retainer it would be a boss. Someone that tells you what to do so you don't need to make all of your own decisions." And, "The best space is an empty space. I feel bad making art for a living - which really just wastes all that wonderful empty space. The only thing better than an empty room is an empty room with a little hole in the wall that looks over into another empty room." These might not be the best examples, but just two off the top of my head. His little commentaries on life will open your mind & hopefully cause you to look at your own daily life in your own twisted philosophies. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 28 Oct. 2007
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This book is a strange beast, but never fails to interest whether you dip into a section or read it from cover to cover as I did. Warhol didn't actually write the book, just as he didn't actually paint most of his works himself. He had a tape recorder into which he poured his thoughts, and an assistant with whom he worked to transcribe and edit what he chose to publish. The book is made up of sections rather than chapters, as it has no real narrative thread. Each section is given a title such as money or art, and Warhol simply reels forth his ideology, thoughts and musings on the subject. Luckily he was an extremely odd man with an unusual way of looking at the world, which is what makes the book so entertaining. He had a fascinating relationship with his art and the people around him and enough wit and humour to take the edge of what might otherwise come across as highly pretentious musings. If you want to know about Warhol and what his art means, this is as good a place as any to start.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting insight, 12 Oct. 2011
This book is a wonderful insight into the everday life of this unusual and sometimes very amusing man. I was very interested in his take on glamour - the way he was a sucker for its lure, but was critical of others for doing the same - especially the 'glamour of the artist'. Great stuff!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Witty, clever, intelligent musings by a cultural icon, 26 Feb. 2007
Whatever you think of Andy Warhol, 20 years after his death and 3+ decades after this little book was written, he remains an inescapable figure in the arts scene. This witty book is difficult not to like, full of clever musings about life and art. You'll want to keep turning back to it and pass it on to friends to enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful...Wonderful, 20 April 1999
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Warhols perspective is fabulous and covers a variety of topic from love to beauty to fame. A philosopher, a filmaker an artist. Andy's insight into life is more brillant then any thing learned in philsophy 101.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely, 4 April 2014
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A book that gives many hints about the philosophy of Andy. Is has some details from his life consideration that help you in a way understand how he became what he became, howhe overcame tne difficulties that apeared in his life and made them opportunities for his artistic point of view
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for our book club, 20 April 2013
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I read this as a teenager. I enjoyed re-reading it, and it stimulated some good debate. It was strange that one of our group didn't know who he was. A real insight into what it is like to be inside his head.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love him!, 8 Feb. 2011
Only half way through, but loving this book.
Andy's blunt but true approach and insight to everyday activity is interesting and mind opening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pop Philosophy, 25 Oct. 2007
Andy's response to an excess of abstract art was Pop Art.

Andy's response to an excess of abstract philosophy was Pop Philosophy.

This book is not so much about Andy Warhol as it is about Warhol making philosophy pop. To make philosophy pop, Andy shared his observations and values, just as to make art pop, Andy shared the Campbell soup he enjoyed so often.

Philosophy has been abstract for so long, we had forgotten it could be anything else. It had belonged to academicians for so long, we had forgotten it could belong to anyone else.

Andy worked with the topics of abstract philosophy, such as love, beauty, time, death, economics and art ... but he rendered them pop by talking about them the way ordinary people talk about them. Not that Andy seemed ordinary but what do you call concerns of pimples (in "Beauty"), not being able to shop on Sunday (in "Economics"), or waiting in line for movies (in "Time"). Views of Andy's but also acts of making topics previously owned by abstract philosophy into instances of pop philosophy.

Pop philosophy can also move beyond the limitations of stuffy abstract philosophy. Andy offers a chapter on something not to be found in academic philosophy: not "Power" but "Underwear Power". The same commercialism found in pop art can be found here in pop philosophy: "Buying is much more American than thinking..."

So philosophy needn't be just about thinking, it can be about our everyday lives: loving, working and buying underwear. Andy liked having loud music on when doing art so he wouldn't think too much. Perhaps thinking too much gets in the way of good philosophy. If your underwear fits well, there may be no need to work out a lengthy critique of dialectical reasoning. But can you accuse Andy of living an unexamined life?

Warhol should not be underestimated. His contributions and challenges to society are not limited to areas he is well known for such as painting, movies, interviewing but extend even to philosophy and the spirit in which we live each day. Warhol lives. If we practice pop philosophy in the manner he suggests in this book, we may find our lives worth living a good deal more than academic philosophers have shown. Forget the doctorate, go to your own school of Warhol.
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