CULTURE

Warhol had it right on publicity and peanuts

The relationship between publicity and peanuts is something that Andy Warhol knew better than anyone. At a retrospective exhibition at the Tate Modern in 2002 of the most famous paintings by the leader of the Pop art movement, he said: «Publicity is like eating peanuts. Once you start, you can’t stop.» He was a great philosopher, not only on issues of his own time, but of ours too. Another gem from the artist’s philosophy, taken from his book «From A to B and Back Again,» has a lot to do with what is going on at the moment on our television screens here in Greece. «Apart from being alive, the next most difficult job to do is sex,» he said. «Of course for some people it isn’t a job, as they need it for the exercise and have the energy for it. Sex gives them even more energy. Some get their energy from sex, others lose it. I have discovered it takes a lot of work…» Andy Warhol, a prophet of our times.