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31 October 2013 @ 08:56 am
Not redundant  
Someone complains that postmodernism killed Andy Warhol's avant-garde. If it weren't for the zombie craze, I wouldn't have known that sometimes it's necessary to kill a brainless thing that's already dead.
et in Arcadia egoboo: Sacred Chaoapostle_of_eris on October 31st, 2013 11:35 pm (UTC)
I have never understood how he got away with it.
El Coyote Gordo: buckysupergee on November 1st, 2013 11:34 am (UTC)
Because so much of the art community had already given up. Campbell soup cans look good after Jack the Dripper.
Nation of Tire Saletdaschel on November 5th, 2013 01:28 pm (UTC)
i walked through the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh / which is *especially* fascinating to those cold on his "art." there's nothing to suggest that he knew what he was doing / or more precisely, that he saw any Irony in it or, for that matter, was even capable of irony. far as i can tell, he calculated at a relatively early stage (when he stopped drawing fetishized shoes to woo Truman Capote with ..) that - in post.War American culture - Celebrity was without content. the *ghost* of content was, largely, retained, but it was wholly unnecessary, pure Nostalgia. i think this was a genuinely religious revelation to him : he became - if he wasn't already - an "empty vessel" / and his art and "superstars" mimicked that. and it wasn't a Joke, because he truly believed in his (soulless) project.

.. but i think the quote was a side-effect of the death of Lou Reed. he was avant-garde in the sense that Burt Bacharach was (i love Bacharach, by the way ..) and if bizarre song forms and bass synth farts equal avant-garde, Brian Wilson's The Beach Boys Love You had Laurie Anderson beat by five years (love 'em both, but let's give credit where credit's due, hey!).