ArtsEtc: Forever Young, Forever Warhol ; Me and Andy. Our Life Together
Bracewell, Michael, The Independent (London, England)
`I never met anyone I couldn't call a beauty," Andy Warhol once announced, but then he'd never been to Croydon, near to where I grew up. Even so, back in the middle of the 1970s, as a teenager living on the edge of London, I still decided that the household gods of my suburban bedroom were David Bowie, Oscar Wilde and Andy Warhol (pictured below in a self-portrait). Each had his shrine on a different wall - bona fide examples of fan-base folk art, lovingly constructed from posters and postcards, and as moodily lit as an Anglepoise lamp would allow. Warhol was represented by one of his best-known Marilyns - the one with the vivid yellow and blue, which had been used to advertise his show at the Tate.
It seemed to me that Warhol was where you went after you'd done Wilde. Both embodied legends of modernity, and both offered more than their collected works: they authorised an entire outlook on life, based on a precise understanding of glamour. At around the same time a friend of mine turned up with a copy of Warhol's book of philosophy, From A to B and Back Again, and we felt that we had found our handbook for survival.
Put through the Warhol process - instant …
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Publication information: Article title: ArtsEtc: Forever Young, Forever Warhol ; Me and Andy. Our Life Together. Contributors: Bracewell, Michael - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: July 22, 2001. Page number: 1. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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