He saw fame as the pinnacle of modern consumerism and reveled in it the way artists a hundred years before reveled in the western landscape.
An organized collector, he tossed practically every piece of paper, fan mail and magazine related to his fame, along with personal notes, (gay) porn and miscellaneous artifacts into boxes, numbered them, and set them aside. He amassed many hundreds.
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Warhol's thirty-two soup cans are about ... sameness (though with different labels): same brand, same size, same paint surface, same fame as product.
He collected postcards from his lovers, shoe drawings and, more bizarrely, dental models - 140 sets of teeth, including a giant set of uppers and lowers in plaster.
To me autism informs Warhol's work in the same way East European folk music informed Bartok's classical music. The artistic work stands or falls on its own merits.
Many of the things Warhol did are typical of autism -- his social ineptitude, love of uniformity, minimum use of speech and obsessive attention to detail as classic symptoms.
The Andy Warhol Museum is a vital forum in which diverse audiences of artists, scholars and the general public are galvanized through creative interaction with the art and life of Andy Warhol.
Warhol's social ineptitude, care to use the minimum of words in speech, difficulty recognising friends and obsession with the uniformity of consumer goods are each thought to be clues that Warhol was autistic to some degree.