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Art vs. Life vs. Danto Arthur C. Although Ms. My competence lies elsewhere. Writing a biography is more of an art than a science. The Factory was as much a work place as a party place.
Warhol got a lot of work done there. He [Warhol] was a hard worker There were never more than three, four, five people there The only reason to go there was to watch the silk screens being made on the floor.
Warhol was as afraid of getting busted as anyone else. They were doing fine on their own. Edie Sedgwick, for one, was already taking drugs by the time she met Warhol and had also been in and out of mental hospitals several times before she got involved with the Factory.
Genevieve Charbin who starred in My Hustler and stayed with Edie for a few weeks recalls that rather than "destroying" Edie, Warhol "really, really cared about her" and "was always the last to call at night and the first in the morning.
She was very far gone, right from the beginning. Rene Ricard, who appeared in Kitchen and was filmed for The Andy Warhol Story, described it as "the best" and "very hard to get, rare and very good Photographer Stephen Shore remembers a lunch with Warhol in where the artist "would very discreetly open up a pillbox and take speed. See here. A night creature before the shooting, Andy was now home each evening by eight. His book is poorly footnoted and it is difficult to trace the source of specific details.
When Colacello asks "what kind of a pill," Warhol responds "Oh, uh, just a little Dexamyl. Since many in his circle were on amphetamines during those years, are we to say that the Age of Warhol is the Age of Speed? Danto writes "Billy Name took dilute amounts of the drug - and how much good did it do him?
Subtracting the amphetamines leaves the difference between Warhol as a genius and Billy Name as muddlehead intact. Billy Name the "muddlehead? Painted compositions cede at this time to serial accumulations of objects, whose quantity and likeness undermine conventional orders of number, composition, and visual distinction.
POP33 The origins of Sleep and the influences leading up to it are much more complicated than that of course - Warhol was notoriously evasive about his influences in general - but where Danto errs is in giving the impression that Sleep was unedited. He writes that Warhol took "hundreds of four-minute reels of film but knew little about how to edit them" so decided "just to use everything.
Danto writes about Empire, "in my view, it is a philosophical masterpiece, nearly as profound as Brillo Box.
I heard words like philosophy and ideas come up a lot. Where packaged product and packaged celebrity was central to US culture of that time and most definitely ours. Warhol was an early adopter in commenting through his art on this prefab culture and capitalist economy behind it. I think now we are drowning in the wave he saw in its leading edge. Witness who is in the white house right now and reality TV that created him. It was novel in the sixties but as Andy when asked if art was going to get repetitive and churn out more and more of taffy pop that he had his pulse on he answered: "most surely".
Art vs. Life vs. Danto cont. He returns to the subject in the final chapter of his book by using the example of a Holy Grail vessel to illustrate his point.