Warhol, personhood, and Mystery

Warhol is a man who, for all his intelligence, does not really understand people very well: Personhood is a mystery to him. His works gain their power from proposing the structure of that mystery. His voyeuristic obsession with the portrait is the arena in which this aspect of his art is most obvious.

Stephen Koch, ‘Blow Job and Pornography’, in Koch, Stargazer: The Life, World & Films of Andy Warhol, New York: Marion Boyars, 1991 (3rd edition), pp.47-50.

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