“Warhol made his entrance with Blondie front woman Debbie Harry, who strode confidently onto the stage. The silver-haired Warhol, clad in black and sporting a pair of oversized pink glasses, trailed behind. Taking a seat, Ms. Harry patted her hair and asked Warhol in a husky voice, “Are you ready to paint me?”
“Yah,” Warhol replied.
Using the Amiga 1000 and the feed from a video camera, Warhol captured a digital photograph of Ms. Harry. Choosing one of the computer’s 4,096 colors, Warhol then used the “fill” function to “paint” the portrait, creating large blocks of color reminiscent of his signature portraits.
The whole process was completed in less than a minute.
Later, Warhol described the experience to Pat Hackett, whom he had been paying to transcribe his daily experiences as a way to track expenditures since being audited by the Internal Revenue Service in 1976. Warhol said, “The whole day was spent being nervous and telling myself that if I could just get good at stuff like this, then I could make money that way, and I wouldn’t have to paint.”
My total conscious search in life has been for a new seeing, a new image, a new insight. This search not only includes the object, but the in-between place. The dawns and the dusks. The objective world, the heavenly spheres, the places between the land and sea…Whatever creation man invents, the image can be found in nature. We cannot see anything that we are not already aware of. The inner, the outer = One.”
— Louise Nevelson by John Gordon, Whitney Museum of Art, 1967, p.12
Portrait of Louise Nevelson wearing two wooden necklaces and a bracelet in her living room/ Photograph by Ugo Mulas/ ca. 1965 (via Design Log)
Life has been your art. You have set yourself to music. Your days have been your sonnets.
Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.