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Fame by Andy Warhol

Andrew Warhola, better known as Andy Warhol, was an American artist and a central figure in the movement known as “Pop art”. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became famous worldwide for his work as a painter, an avant-garde filmmaker, a record producer, an author, and a public figure known for his membership in wildly diverse social circles that included bohemian street people, distinguished intellectuals, Hollywood celebrities and wealthy aristocrats. A controversial figure during his lifetime (his work was often derided by critics as a “put-on”), Warhol has been the subject of numerous retrospective exhibitions, books, feature and documentary films since his death in 1987.

Fame has both drawbacks and advantages.

“Being famous isn’t really that important. If I weren’t famous, I wouldn’t have been shot for being Andy Warhol”

On the other hand, Andy finds it delightful to know celebrities and to be known in return.

“A lot of times I do things I don’t want to do at all, just because I’m on stand-by jealousy that somebody else will get to do it instead.”Andy Warhol invented the concept of FOMO

To Andy, the idea of fame is relative, though, because as soon as a person begins to know a famous person, the aura of fame is diminished a little bit. The mystique of fame and notoriety is the largest part of being famous.

``Working for a lot of money can throw your self-image off. When I used to do shoe drawings for magazines I would count up my shoes to figure out how much I was going to get. I lived by shoe numbers``

Andy finds the hardest part of fame is doing interviews with people from different media who come to the interview with preconceived ideas of what they are going to publicize about Andy before even speaking with him.

Next meeting:

Date: 2nd of December

Time: 10:00 – 12:00

Groups have to do an analyses on the book