Andy Warhol by Richard Avedon, August 20, 1969.
his scars resulted from extensive life-saving surgery following misandrist Valerie Jean Solanas’ gunshot wound to his chest. Upon recovery, Warhol had this to say about his near-death experience, - “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. People sometimes say that the way things happen in movies is unreal, but actually it’s the way things happen in life that’s unreal. The movies make emotions look so strong and real, whereas when things really do happen to you, it’s like watching television – you don’t feel anything. Right when I was being shot and ever since, I knew that I was watching television. The channels switch, but it’s all television.”