Art is what you can get away with.
I always notice flowers.
I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want.
Human beings are born solitary, but everywhere they are in chains -- daisy chains -- of interactivity. Social actions are makeshift forms, often courageous, sometimes ridicilous, always strange.
I was trying to think the other day about what you do now in America if you want to be successful. Before, you were dependable and wore a good suit. Looking around, I guess that today you have to do all the same things but not wear a good suit. I guess that's all it is. Think rich. Look poor.
I broke something and realized I should break something once a week to remind me how fragile life is.
Just like New Yorkers themselves, the trees in New York city work harder than any others in the world.
Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery. People are working every minute. The machinery is always going. Even when you sleep.
Sometimes the little times you don't think are anything while they're happening turn out to be what marks a whole period of your life.
So many people seem to prefer my silver-screenings of movie stars to the rest of my work. It must be the subject matter that attracts them, because my death and violence paintings are just as good.
I met someone on the street who said wasn't it great that we're going to have a movie star for president, that it was so Pop, and (laughs) when you think about it like that, it is great, it's so American.
I thought that young people had more problems than old people...Then I looked around and saw that everybody who looked young had young problems and that everybody who looked old had old problems.
Being in business is the most fascinating kind of art.
Making money is art and working is art, and good business is the best art.
Even beauties can be unattractive. If you catch a beauty in the wrong light at the right time, forget it. I believe in low lights and trick mirrors. I believe in plastic surgery.
Exposure and attention make a work famous -- the more you talk about it, the more attention it gets, the more validity it achieves.
People sometimes say the way things happen in the movies is unreal, but actually, it's the way things happen to you in life that's unreal.
I like church. It's empty when I go. I walk around. There are so many beautiful Catholic churches in New York.
All photography is Pop, and all photographers are crazy... they feel guilty since they don't have to do very much -- just push a button.
I read an article on me once that described my machine-method of silk-screen copying and painting: 'What a bold and audacious solution, what depths of the man are revealed in this solution!' What does that mean?
Free countries are great, because you can actually sit in somebody else's space for a while and pretend you're a part of it. You can sit in the Plaza Hotel and you don't even have to live there. You can just sit and watch the people go by.
You should always have a product that has nothing to do with who you are or what people think about you... so that you never start thinking that your product is you, or your fame or your aura.
The moment you label something, you take a step-I mean, you can never go back again to seeing it unlabelled.
I think video is the best market. When the cassette market comes out, if you just do movies that nobody else can do, that'll be the new way.
Business art is the step that comes after Art. I started as a commercial artist, and I want to finish as a business artist.
You can never predict what little things in the way somebody looks or talks or acts will set off peculiar emotional reactions in other people.
Don't think about making art, just get it done.
Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.
Actually, I jade very quickly. Once is usually enough. Either once only, or every day. If you do something once it's exciting, and if you do it every day it's exciting. But if you do it, say, twice or just almost every day, it's not good any more.
I admit to having worn suede and leather pants myself for a while, but you just never feel clean, and it's degenerate, anyway, to wear animal skins.... So I went back to bluejeans after my degenerate period.
In some circles where very heavy people think they have very heavy brains, words like charming and clever and pretty are all put-downs; all the lighter things in life, which are the most important things, are put down.
Every song has a memory; every song has the ability to make or break your heart, shut down the heart, and open the eyes. But I'm afraid if you look at a thing long enough; it loses all of its meaning.
Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art.
Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.
If you're traveling for five years or something like that, you're going somewhere. But five years are being used up, and you don't have to do anything. You just sit on the plane. That might make time go really fast.
You meet rich people and you hang around with them, and one night they've had a few drinks and they say 'I'll buy it!' Then they tell their friends, 'You must have this person's work, darling,' and that's all you need. That's all it takes. Get it?
Love and sex can go together and sex and unlove can go together and love and unsex can go together. But personal love and personal sex is bad.
I can't remember my dreams more than a couple of seconds after I wake up. It's frustrating because sometimes I dream that I'm watching a really good movie.
I think kids should go to high school until they're 30. No, really, because people are staying younger now and there's nothing to do. If you stayed longer, then it would be really great.
Everybody has their own America, and then they have pieces of a fantasy America that they think is out there but they can't see. So the fantasy corners of America seem so atmospheric because you 've pieced them together from scenes in movies and music and lines from books.
I can never get over when you're on the beach how beautiful the sand looks and the water washes it away and straightens it up and the trees and the grass all look great. I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.
When I did my self-portrait, I left all the pimples out because you always should. Pimples are a temporary condition and they don't have anything to do with what you really look like. Always omit the blemishes-they're not part of the good picture you want.
I get so tired of painting. I've been trying to give it up all the time, if we could just make a living out of movies or the newspaper business or something. It's so boring, painting the same picture over and over.
So many people have so many problems. When you think that health is wealth, you're so grateful just to be normal, more or less. Aren't you?
The key of the success of Studio 54 is that it's a dictatorship at the door and a democracy on the dance floor.
Those who talk about individuality the most are the ones who most object to deviation, and in a few years it may be the other way around. Some day everybody will just think what they want to think, and then everybody will probably be thinking alike; that seems to be what is happening.
Maybe the reason my memory is so bad is that I always do at least two things at once. It's easier to forget something you only half-did or quarter did.
I don't believe people die. They just go uptown. To Bloomingdales. They just take longer to get back.
Sometimes something can look beautiful just because it's different in some way from the other things around it. One red petunia in a window box will look very beautiful if all the rest of them are white, and vice-versa.
I loved working when I worked at commercial art and they told you what to do and how to do it and all you had to do was correct it and they'd say yes or no. The hard thing is when you have to dream up the tasteless things to do on your own.
I've been invited to the White House about five times. I think the greatest thing would be if they actually invited everybody to the White House every night... they'd just take about 500 people a night. Everybody would just love this country because it's so thrilling to go there. It really is.
We live in an age when the traditional great subjects -- the human form, the landscape, even newer traditions such as abstract expressionism -- are daily devalued by commercial art.
I just happen to like ordinary things. When I paint them, I don't try to make them extraordinary. I just try to paint them ordinary-ordina ry.
The pop artists did images that anybody walking down Broadway could recognize in a split second -- comics, picnic tables, men's trousers, celebrities, shower curtains, refrigerators, Coke bottles. All the great modern things that the Abstract Expressionists tried not to notice at all.
My image is a statement of the symbols of the harsh, impersonal products and brash materialistic objects on which America is built today. It is a projection of everything that can be bought and sold, and practical but impermanent symbols that sustain us.
When I think about what sort of person I would most like to have on a retainer, I think it would be a boss. A boss who could tell me what to do, because that makes everything easy when you're working.
I really don't care that much about Beauties. What I really like are Talkers. To me, good talkers are beautiful because good talk is what I love. The word itself shows why I like Talkers better than Beauties, why I tape more than I film. It's not talkies. Talkers are doing something.
The symptom of love is when some of the chemicals inside you go bad. So there must be something in love because your chemicals do tell you something.
I like to be the right thing in the wrong space and the wrong thing in the right space. But usually being the right thing in the wrong space and the wrong thing in the right space is worth it, because something funny always happens.
Whenever I'm interested in something, I know the timing's off, because I'm always interested in the right thing at the wrong time. I should just be getting interested after I'm not interested any more.
You'd be surprised how many people want to hang an electric chair on their living-room wall. Specially if the background color matches the drapes.
Edward Smith: What do you think is the characteristic of a really nice person? Some people you obviously do like more than others.
Andy Warhol: Ummm, well, if they talk a lot.
ES: What, and don't make you talk?
AW: Yeah, yes, that's a really nice person.
When I got my first TV set, I stopped caring so much about having close relationships with other people.
It must be hard to be a model, because you'd want to be like the photograph of you, and you can't ever look that way.
I'm bored with that line. I never use it anymore. My new line is 'In 15 minutes everybody will be famous.'
The reason I'm painting this way is that I want to be a machine, and I feel that whatever I do and do machine-like is what I want to do.
Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, So what. That's one of my favorite things to say. So what.
Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, "So what."
"My mother didn't love me." So what.
"My husband won't ball me." So what.
"I'm a success but I'm still alone." So what.
I don't know how I made it through all the years before I learned how to do that trick. It took a long time for me to learn it, but once you do, you never forget.
After being alive, the next hardest work is having sex.
After being alive, the next hardest work is having sex. Of course, for some people it isn't work because they need the exercise and they've got the energy for the sex and the sex gives them even more energy. Some people get energy from sex and some people lose energy from sex. I have found that it's too much work. But if you have the time for it, and if you need that exercise-then you should do it.
I could have told her that if something is disappointing I know it's not nothing because nothing is not disappointing.
The child-like, gum-chewing naïveté , the glamour rooted in despair, the self admiring carelessness, the perfected otherness, the wispiness, the shadowy, voyeuristic, vaguely sinister aura, the pale, soft-spoken magical presence, the skin and bones.
At the times in my life when I was feeling the most gregarious and looking for bosom friendships, I couldn't find any takers, so that exactly when I was alone was when I felt the most like not being alone... I became a loner in my own mind... I decided I'd rather be alone.
I've never made the separation between, say, the museum and the hardware store. I mean, I enjoy both of them, and I want to combine the two.
Switzerland is my favorite place now, because it's so -- nothing. There is absolutely nothing to do.
What's great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest.
What's great about this country is America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you can know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good.
Since people are going to be living longer and getting older, they'll just have to learn how to be babies longer.
I suppose I have a really loose interpretation of work, because I think that just being alive is so much work at something you don't always want to do. The machinery is always going. Even when you sleep.
I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They're beautiful. Everybody's plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.
People need to be made more aware of the need to work at learning how to live because life is so quick and sometimes it goes away too quickly.
Once you 'got' Pop, you could never see a sign again the same way again. And once you thought Pop, you could never see America the same way again.
I have Social Disease. I have to go out every night. If I stay home one night I start spreading rumors to my dogs.
It's the movies that have really been running things in America ever since they were invented. They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look how you feel about it.
Since I was shot, everything is such a dream to me. Like I don't know whether I'm alive or whether I died. I wasn't afraid before. And having been dead once, I shouldn't feel fear. But I am afraid. I don't understand why.
Now and then, someone would accuse me of being evil -- of letting people destroy themselves while I watched, just so I could film them and tape-record them. But I didn't think of myself as evil -- just realistic.
I used to think that everything was just being funny but now I don't know. I mean, how can you tell?
I'm the type who'd be happy not going anywhere as long as I was sure I knew exactly what was happening at the places I wasn't going to. I'm the type who'd like to sit home and watch every party that I'm invited to on a monitor in my bedroom.
Dying is the most embarrassing thing that can ever happen to you, because someone's got to take care of all your details.
I always thought I'd like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph, and no name. Well, actually, I'd like it to say 'figment.'
An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have.
An artist is someone who produces things that people don't need to have but that he -- for some reason -- thinks it would be a good idea to give them.
I never understood why when you died, you didn't just vanish, everything could just keep going on the way it was only you just wouldn't be there. I always thought I'd like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph, and no name. Well, actually, I'd like it to say 'figment.'
I'd asked around 10 or 15 people for suggestions. Finally one lady friend asked the right question, 'Well, what do you love most?' That's how I started painting money.
I like to work when I'm not working -- do something that may not be considered work, but to me it's work. Getting exercise by going to the grocery store.
Before I was shot, I always thought that I was more half-there than all-there -- I always suspected that I was watching TV instead of living life. Right when I was being shot and ever since, I knew that I was watching television.
My fascination with letting images repeat and repeat -- or in film's case 'run on' -- manifests my belief that we spend much of our lives seeing without observing.