The Astounding Andy Warhol

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The Astounding Andy Warhol

The Astounding Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol was one of the defining modern artists, and like many artists, he was also an interesting and odd person. Not only did he innovate in bizarre ways in his art, his personal life was also unique. Here are the true facts about Andy Warhol.
1. In his Oxidations series of paintings, Warhol only painted the background of his canvas. In order to create oxidation he and his friends urinated on the canvas, which interacted with the copper in the paint and developed colors.
2. When he was a child, Warhol contracted Sydenham’s chorea, also known as St. Vitus’s dance, which confined him to his home for over two months. During that time, his mother pushed him to explore art and pop culture, perhaps the beginnings of his future greatness.
3. Andy Warhol said that his favorite thing to buy was underwear.
4. Warhol had some strange opinions and attitudes towards his appearance. At 29, he got a nose job, and in his 20s he embraced his gray hair. He said it was so people would pay attention to his youthful face.
5. Warhol’s mother, Julia, moved to New York to live with her son in 1952 and stayed there until a year before her death. She sometimes helped with his paintings.
6. Warhol preferred to eat alone and wanted to start a chain of restaurants called “ANDY-MATS-‘The Restaurant for the Lonely Person.'”
7. One of many firsts, Warhol was the first artists to exhibit videos.
8. Despite his oddities, Warhol did regularly volunteer at homeless shelters.
9. Valerie Solanas was an author who had worked with Warhol, and in 1968 she shot both him and art critic Mario Amaya. Warhol was believed to be dead when he arrived at the hospital, but after five hours of surgery he was found to be alive.
10. Warhol loved taxidermy and had a number of stuffed animals in his home, including a blue-ribbon winner at Westminster, a Great Dane he called Cecil.
11. Warhol had a drag-queen alter ego that he called Drella, a combination of Dracula and Cinderella.
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