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Friday, 9 August 2013

15 Minutes Of Extra Fame

Andy Warhol once famously said in 1968 that "In the future, everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes." .... well it seems that the '15 minutes' he had in his lifetime wasn't long enough for him .... as his Andy Warhol museum in Pittsburgh, broadcast a live webcam feed from his grave there, to mark what would have been the artist's 85th birthday on Tuesday the 6th of August 2013 ...

His gravestone, in a graveyard in suburban Pittsburgh, has Warhol's original surname, Warhola, the dates of his birth and death, and a simple cross, although he had said that "I always thought I'd like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph and no name. Well, actually, I'd like it to say 'Figment'." .... this wish wasn't respected (how many times does that happen? Ah well that's another post for the future), so the broadcast was given the name 'figment'.

The museums spokesman said beforehand that "We believe that this will give Warhol the pleasure of knowing that he is still plugged in and turned on over 25 years after his death'' ... or maybe not.

Warhol Having The Last Laugh With Jagger and Yorick
 
Still another 15 minutes of fame is more than most of us will ever get even when alive, so maybe the last laugh will be on him.

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