It would be very glamorous to be reincarnated as a great big ring on Liz Taylor’s finger.
I always like to see if the art across the street is better than mine.
I love Los Angeles, and I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.
I’d asked around 10 or 15 people for suggestions. Finally one lady friend asked the right question, ‘Well, what do you love most?’ That’s how I started painting money.
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.’
Since I was shot, everything is such a dream to me. Like I don’t know whether I’m alive or whether I died. I wasn’t afraid before. And having been dead once, I shouldn’t feel fear. But I am afraid. I don’t understand why.
So many people seem to prefer my silver-screenings of movie stars to the rest of my work. It must be the subject matter that attracts them, because my death and violence paintings are just as good.
I always hear myself saying, ‘She’s a beauty!’ or ‘He’s a beauty!’ or ‘What a beauty!’ but I never know what I’m talking about.
People need to be made more aware of the need to work at learning how to live because life is so quick and sometimes it goes away too quickly.
I’ve decided something: Commercial things really do stink. As soon as it becomes commercial for a mass market it really stinks.
If you’re not trying to be real, you don’t have to get it right. That’s art.
During the 1960s, I think, people forgot what emotions were supposed to be. And I don’t think they’ve ever remembered.
Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.
I had a lot of dates but I decided to stay home and dye my eyebrows.
I think they should have movies in restaurants. I can’t believe that so many people get together just to sit there. It’s so abstract… isn’t it abstract? What are these people sitting here watching?
It’s the movies that have really been running things in America ever since they were invented. They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look how you feel about it.
I always wished I had died, and I still wish that, because I could have gotten the whole thing over with.
I used to think that everything was just being funny but now I don’t know. I mean, how can you tell?
I’m the type who’d be happy not going anywhere as long as I was sure I knew exactly what was happening at the places I wasn’t going to. I’m the type who’d like to sit home and watch every party that I’m invited to on a monitor in my bedroom.
I like to work when I’m not working – do something that may not be considered work, but to me it’s work. Getting exercise by going to the grocery store.
I suppose I have a really loose interpretation of ‘work’, because I think that just being alive is so much work at something you don’t always want to do. The machinery is always going. Even when you sleep.
They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
Before I was shot, I always thought that I was more half-there than all-there – I always suspected that I was watching TV instead of living life. Right when I was being shot and ever since, I knew that I was watching television.
I’m bored with that line. I never use it anymore. My new line is ‘In 15 minutes everybody will be famous.’
My fascination with letting images repeat and repeat – or in film’s case ‘run on’ – manifests my belief that we spend much of our lives seeing without observing.
What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you can know that the President drinks Coke. Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too.
We live in an age when the traditional great subjects – the human form, the landscape, even newer traditions such as abstract expressionism – are daily devalued by commercial art.
Human beings are born solitary, but everywhere they are in chains – daisy chains – of interactivity. Social actions are makeshift forms, often courageous, sometimes ridiculous, always strange. And in a way, every social action is a negotiation, a compromise between ‘his,’ ‘her’ or ‘their’ wish and yours.
Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.
I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.
I have Social Disease. I have to go out every night. If I stay home one night I start spreading rumors to my dogs.
Now and then, someone would accuse me of being evil – of letting people destroy themselves while I watched, just so I could film them and tape-record them. But I didn’t think of myself as evil – just realistic.