Every year at this time I try to dedicate a post to wishing Andy Warhol a Happy Birthday. He’s been a huge inspiration to me. I just get him. This year, he has a place in Toronto! An Andy Warhol exhibit is ongoing on Bloor Street, just west of Bay. I recently purchased a season pass to the exhibit. I plan to wander the Warhol memorabilia and art often before the exhibit closes in December. Or, maybe I’ll just go to hang out on the silver couch and read while surrounded by everything ANDY!
Andy has always fascinated me. From his soup cans to his Factory to his entourage to his Interview Magazine to the tediously boring notes he kept in his diaries…I could never get enough.
He gave the world a flare…and its colours still burn. If you were anyone in the 50s to 80s, you were in with Andy Warhol. Celebrities and wannabes flocked to his coolness. Some were made celebrities simply by being in his orbit.
He would have been 85 years old today, which is not unheard of. I would have loved to see what magic he performed in his golden years. His star was nowhere near dying when he passed on. I think he would be just as hip today, had he survived his gallbladder operation and the complications which followed it.
My favourite homage to Andy is this epically cool statue in Bratislava, Slovakia:
Enjoy this video of Andy eating a hamburger. (-: Ooh, Andy!