Thursday, June 3, 2010

...they shoot Warhol's, don't they?

Andy Warhol was an American painter, printmaker, and filmmaker who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. He became famous worldwide for his work as a painter, avant-garde filmmaker, record producer, author, and public figure who hung out in diverse social circles that included bohemian street people, distinguished intellectuals, Hollywood celebrities and wealthy patrons. On this day in 1968, Valerie Solanas, author of the "SCUM Manifesto", attempted to assassinate him by shooting him three times. The SCUM Manifesto was a feminist mag written in 1968 by Valerie Solanas where she called for the gendercide of men. Gendercide is the mass killing of a certain sex. I couldn't make this up if I wanted to. I am almost finished painting a desk, chair and shelves in a somewhat Warholesque style, using red, blue, yellow and incorporating large dots. Pop Art for sure, but please refrain from shooting at me. Well, not three times.
"Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches."
Andy Warhol