Andy Warhol’s Best Advice about Art

Happy birthday, Andy Warhol! The American artist would have been 84 today, and we’re honoring the pop art icon’s memory by revisiting some of Andy’s best advice and musings about art. Warhol delighted in contradictions and ambiguity when commenting on life and culture. Often, however, the simplicity of his quips and impressions was profound. For a man who admitted he was shy, he never seemed short on words. We’ve gathered his views on everything from the business of art, to art criticism, and finding inspiration. Head past the break for more Andy on art, and leave us your favorite quotes below.

On working in the studio

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”

“I suppose I have a really loose interpretation of ‘work,’ because I think that just being alive is so much work at something you don’t always want to do. Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery. People are working every minute. The machinery is always going. Even when you sleep.”

“The reason I’m painting this way is that I want to be a machine, and I feel that whatever I do and do machine-like is what I want to do.”

“I really believe in empty spaces, although, as an artist, I make a lot of junk. Empty space is never-wasted space. Wasted space is any space that has art in it.”