The Early Films Of Andy Warhol

The ultimate Andy Warhol quotation: “The more you look at the same exact thing, the more meaning goes away, and the better and emptier you feel.” Jordan Cronk unpacks that remark’s meaning: In January, 1964, Andy Warhol premiered “Sleep,” his first full-length foray into the medium of cinema after more than a decade of work in the realm of painting, ink illustration, and silkscreen visual art. Shot on 16mm film and running just under five-and-a-half hours in length, Sleep consists solely of a half-dozen randomly repeated shots of poet John Giorno asleep in the nude.

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