15 Iconic Andy Warhol Quotes

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

– Andy Warhol

From Pop Art to pop-culture, Andy Warhol has been one of the most influential artists of the modern era. The latest UK showcase of Warhol’s work has been put together by ARTIST ROOMS, a collaboration between Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland. In this exhibition, over 232 works by Warhol will be on display, spanning the artist’s entire oeuvre. The collection of modern and contemporary art focuses on themes of death, politics and identity, deconstructing Warhol’s interpretation of American Dream at a time when the country is in political and cultural turmoil.

To celebrate the exhibition, we present 15 of our favourite Warhol quotes…

1. “I think everybody should be nice to everybody.”

2. “I just do art because I’m ugly and there’s nothing else for me to do.”

3. “People should fall in love with their eyes closed. Just close your eyes. Don’t look and it’s magic”

4. “When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can’t make them change if they don’t want to, just like when they do want to, you can’t stop them.”

5. “I like boring things.”

6. “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.”

8. “I have Social Disease. I have to go out every night. If I stay home one night I start spreading rumours to my dogs.”

9. “I always notice flowers.”

10. “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.”

11. “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.”

12. “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

13. “Sex is more exciting on the screen and between the pages than between the sheets.”

14. “An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have.”

15. “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes”

Artist Rooms – Andy Warhol is at the Whitworth, Manchester, until 16 April.

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