If they terrify you, they mean to…

“A revolution is on the way, and it’s partly because we no longer take our standards from the tweedy top. All over the country young girls are starting, shouting and shaking, and if they terrify you, they mean to and they are beginning to impress the world.” — Pauline Boty, The Public Ear, 1963

Pauline Boty is one of my all time favorite artists, but she’s a bit of a mystery.

She was most known for her role as an artist in the British pop art movement, but she died very young. As a result, a large majority of her art was stowed away by her family, most of it not to be seen up until the last two decades. Read more.

I am a public eye, a witness, a critic.

“No one wants to be part of a generation that ignores another like Van Gogh. In this town, one is at the mercy of the recognition factor. One’s public appearance is absolute. Part of the artist’s job is to get the work where I will see it. I consider myself a metaphor on the public.
I am a public eye, a witness, a critic. When you first see a new picture. You don’t want to miss the boat, you have to be very careful. You might be staring at Van Gogh’s ear.”
— Rene Ricard in ‘Basquiat

I just finished watching Basquiat, the 1996 film about Jean-Michel Basquiat’s ascension to fame as a world renowned street artist.

From the beginning, this movie drew me in. I mean, it was inevitable that I would like it anyway — it’s a movie about art. It’s also impeccably cast. Bowie as Andy Warhol? Pure perfection.

But, this quote. This quote called to me. Read more.

Department stores are kind of like museums.

“When you think about it, department stores are kind of like museums where images of mass advertising and popular culture that everyone can recognize are a form of art.”
— Andy Warhol

A few weeks back, I visited Andy Warhol’s home town, in which his official museum lives. You can read a little more about that trip here.

The museum was amazing.

It was loud with color and really encompassed all of Andy Warhol’s life and career — from his mother’s art, to the contemporary artists who would be inspired by him decades after his passing.

I find that the most interesting aspect of Andy Warhol’s career is how he took advantage of the art of branding. Read more.