Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again

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Transcription: Factory Diary: Andy Paints Mao, December 7, 1972, 1972

Running time: 33 mins

Voice one: [unintelligible] Listen, Joe [unintelligible] You didn't see a piece of yellow paper about [unintelligible] did you, yesterday?

Andy Warhol: No.

Michael: No? Okay. 

Andy Warhol: Gee, the footprints. Where are they? There they are. 

Michael: [unintelligible] assistant?

Andy Warhol: What?

Michael: Okay.

Andy Warhol: Andy Warhol. Oh, yeah. Hi, this is Andy. This is Andy. Fine. Oh, yeah. Oh, we're doing a film. Do you want to talk to Michael? It's Madeline. 

Michael: Okay.

Andy Warhol: Okay, hold on.

Michael: Tell her I can't. 

Andy Warhol: He's in the middle of photographing me. Do you want him to call you right back? What? No, no. What? No, no. He just started to leave and I decided to start. You're on TV now, so ... Yeah. Huh? Oh, because it's being filmed. Yeah. Okay, he'll all you right back. [unintelligible] Okay, bye. Yeah. Sorry she called you. Watch out for Archie. He's got his feet all dirty already. 

Michael: Oh, really?

Andy Warhol: Yeah, three times. Do you see them?

Michael: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: He did it three times.

Michael: [unintelligible] three times.

Andy Warhol: Huh?

Michael: Did it help?

Andy Warhol: Yeah, it did help. [unintelligible] look it. 

Michael: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Huh?

Michael: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: But he's so dirty.

Michael: Archie?

Andy Warhol: Yeah, his feet.

Voice two: [unintelligible] provide the commentary on this.

Andy Warhol: Huh?

Michael: Dennis had to do the commentary.

Andy Warhol: Who is?

Voice two: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Oh, just a few minutes.

Voice two: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Huh?

Voice two: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: What?

Voice two: Just the third one?

Andy Warhol: Huh?

Voice two: [unintelligible]?

Andy Warhol: Oh, did you take him out? Is he here?

Voice two: Who?

Andy Warhol: The dog. 

Voice two: Why, did you need him?

Andy Warhol: No. I thought you brought him in. I saw you [crosstalk]-

Voice two: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Huh?

Voice two: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Oh, that's right, he can't jump. 

Voice two: Is this the third one, yeah?

Andy Warhol: No, it's [unintelligible] Oh, third one. [crosstalk]

Voice two: Are you gonna stand for the first canvas [unintelligible]?

Andy Warhol: Huh?

Voice two: [unintelligible] If you want to. You want to help? [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Huh?

Voice two: The paint [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: No [unintelligible]

Voice two: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: I know. How do you know?

Voice two: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: You did?

Voice two: Yeah. [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Huh?

Voice two: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: I know [unintelligible] she might just jump right off.

Voice two: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Oh, she had [unintelligible] said that Dustin Hoffman got that table, or something. 

Voice two: [unintelligible] 

Andy Warhol: The table [unintelligible]

Voice two: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Yeah. 

Voice two: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Oh, I don't know. 

Voice two: [unintelligible] 

Andy Warhol: Yeah.

Voice two: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Oh, sure. 

Voice two: Oh, yeah, tell me I said [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Well, he's gonna find out.

Voice two: Huh?

Andy Warhol: He's gonna find out later.

Voice two: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Yeah.

Voice two: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: I think he wants to jump down on this.

Voice two: Should I let him?

Andy Warhol: No, his feet are so dirty already.

Voice two: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Huh?

Michael: [unintelligible] take your microphone?

Andy Warhol: No, I'll move it away. Michael, it's the same color that you have on.

Michael: What?

Andy Warhol: The same color that you have on. Same color. 

Voice two: [unintelligible] Francis is already [unintelligible] more?

Michael: What?

Andy Warhol: Huh?

Michael: Yeah.

Voice two: When he did it?

Andy Warhol: No, I didn't do it. 

Voice three: Brian's [unintelligible].

Andy Warhol: [unintelligible]

Michael: And that's why it's stuck?

Andy Warhol: Yeah.

Michael: Some people do that themselves.

Andy Warhol: Yeah, I know. 

Michael: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: It's very messy. You have to put glue on. You have to stretch it. Then you have to put [unintelligible] on. You have to do it right, because then paint [unintelligible]

Michael: It must be expensive. 

Andy Warhol: Well, no. 

Michael: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Oh, really? Well, it's a lot more. Yeah, [unintelligible] is really cheap. 

Michael: Where do you get these giant rollers?

Andy Warhol: Oh, from ... I think they're ... that New York Central. Do you use New York Central, Michael?

Michael: Sometimes. I use Pearl's.

Andy Warhol: Huh?

Michael: I use Pearl's mostly.

Andy Warhol: Where's Pearl's?

Michael: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Oh, really? They're cheaper, or what?

Michael: Yeah, they're cheaper.

Andy Warhol: How much cheaper? What are ... ?

Michael: That's about the cheapest really.

Andy Warhol: What did ... [crosstalk]

Michael: It's great. It's a really great paint. 

Andy Warhol: Really? 

Michael: Yeah.

Andy Warhol: I never heard of it.

Michael: Most of the artists from Soho [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Oh, really? You mean they opened their own store, or ... ?

Michael: Well, no, they just [crosstalk]

Andy Warhol: I don't know. Did you lock the door? Maybe it's Glen.

Voice three: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Huh?

Voice three: [unintelligible]

Michael: It's both house paint and [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Oh, really?

Michael: [unintelligible] 

Andy Warhol: Carl's back?

Voice three: Yes.

Andy Warhol: Did he have something?

Voice three: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: What kind of paints do you ... ? How much cheaper are they then? 

Michael: I don't know. They're pretty cheap.

Andy Warhol: Really?

Michael: [unintelligible]

Voice two: Are you gonna do the other side?

Andy Warhol: What?

Voice two: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Huh?

Voice two: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Yeah.

Voice two: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: [unintelligible]

Voice two: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Huh?

Voice two: [unintelligible]

Voice three: Andy, you should make this an instructional.

Andy Warhol: What?

Voice three: You should make this an instructional thing and do the narration later.

Andy Warhol: Oh, okay. Let me see, you take ... [unintelligible] you do. You take ... To get things done quick, you want to do it as fast as you can. The sloppier it is, the better. Just be sloppy and fast. 

Michael: So, you're painting ... How will you know what color's on this?

Andy Warhol: Huh?

Michael: How do you know what color's on this?

Andy Warhol: Just nice and sloppy. 

Michael: Why do you pour paint on the canvas?

Andy Warhol: Huh?

Michael: Why do you pour a whole jar of that paint on the canvas?

Andy Warhol: Well, just to mix it. 

Michael: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Huh? Do it there.

Michael: What if you get it on your blue jeans?

Andy Warhol: What? No, I can't get on my blue jeans, because they're not Mariah's. I've ruined every one of them, so ... got to keep it clean this time. 

Michael: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Do you think Jackie Rogers is gonna have kid food tonight?

Michael: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Huh?

Michael: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: [unintelligible] really shitty people would go.

Michael: [unintelligible] food.

Andy Warhol: Really? Did you forget something, Paul?

Paul:: Huh?

Andy Warhol: Did you forget something.

Paul:: No. 

Andy Warhol: [unintelligible] how fast you can get diseases [unintelligible]

Paul:: How long have you been working on this?

Andy Warhol: Huh?

Paul:: Half hour?

Andy Warhol: No [unintelligible]

Paul:: Looks good like this.

Andy Warhol: Oh, I know [unintelligible]

Paul: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Okay.

Paul: My dad called. 

Voice three: Are you coming tonight?

Paul: No. The hotel is [unintelligible]

Voice three: What movie are you gonna [unintelligible]?

Paul: [unintelligible] but he isn't.

Andy Warhol: Oh, he isn't?

Paul: No, unless they could arrange if you get it [unintelligible] everything at the White House.

Andy Warhol: Oh, really?

Paul: I don't blame him. But I hope he's not sick.

Voice three: Doesn't he have cancer or something?

Paul: Yeah.

Andy Warhol: No, he doesn't. Must've gotten better.

Paul: Well, they announced that they opened him up again last year-

Andy Warhol: Oh, really?

Paul: ... and they said he was gone. They can't say anything else, whether he's there or not. 

Andy Warhol: Well, he's still around.

Paul: Oh, yeah, he seems very healthy. But look at Jerome. He seemed very healthy, right up to the last few months. 

Andy Warhol: Oh, yeah, but ... Oh, you mean Jerome's around ... Yeah, I think it was like five years or something. 

Paul: Why? He had it first five years ago?

Andy Warhol: I guess so, yeah. [crosstalk]-

Paul: Because he had [unintelligible] That's how it is.

Andy Warhol: You remember it was [unintelligible] years ago, the first operation?

Paul: That's it [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: It must've been about that.

Paul: What about all these lumps? 

Voice three: Oh, there they are. [crosstalk]

Voice two: Do you think you're making a [unintelligible] very important painting? 

Andy Warhol: [unintelligible] 

Voice two: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Yeah, and ... And I ... [unintelligible]

Voice two: So have you finished painting all your Christmas presents, yet?

Andy Warhol: Painting all my ... I think so.

Voice two: There's only about a few more days left. You think you'll get this all finished?

Andy Warhol: I think so. Oh, that's what I should give for Christmas is a small [unintelligible] What a great idea. That's what I'll do. That's a great idea. I'll have it done tomorrow then. 

Voice two: You're lucky.

Andy Warhol: Huh?

Voice two: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: What?

Voice two: Why can't you paint all these in one day? You just get too tired after doing one?

Andy Warhol: No, there's not enough floor space.

Voice two: I guess you really get going until [unintelligible] anything.

Andy Warhol: No, there's not enough floor space. I have to wait until office hours are over. Just around, so that I can use up all excess paint. You take ... And then you take the apples, and you mix it in there. How does she do it? I paint like ... What's her name? Mrs. Childs cooks. 

Voice two: [unintelligible] Julia Childs.

Andy Warhol: Julia ... Lydia Childs [crosstalk] 

Voice two: Julia Childs.

Andy Warhol: Who?

Voice two: Julia Childs.

Andy Warhol: Oh, Julia Childs.

Voice two: [unintelligible] 

Andy Warhol: Julia's insane body. And we keep the [unintelligible]

Voice two: Do you watch that, Michael?

Michael: She got cut off the air though [unintelligible]

Voice two: No, no, she's back on. Do you watch [unintelligible]

Michael: It's a rerun.

Voice two: No, no, no, no. She has a whole year to go. 

Michael: [crosstalk] Julia Childs [unintelligible] I used to watch the other [unintelligible]

Paul: I used to watch her in L.A. when I was really [unintelligible].

Michael: I like Graham Kerr a lot.

Paul: No, Julia Childs [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Julia Childs is one hundred times better [unintelligible] Paul. [unintelligible]

Paul: That's right. [crosstalk]

Andy Warhol: Gotta put a little red in here for his heart. [crosstalk] Oh, [unintelligible] getting tired. This brush is too small.

Michael: How come you don't use rollers?

Andy Warhol: What? Oh, because you don't ... It doesn't look artistic then. You gotta get it to look artistic, Michael.

Voice two: This is a personal touch now. It's [unintelligible] personal touch [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Personal touch. It has fingerprints, and this way people can't do a copy of ... You should do [unintelligible] this way, Michael. 

Michael: I do.

Andy Warhol: [unintelligible]

Michael: Yeah.

Andy Warhol: Really? [unintelligible]

Paul: [unintelligible] you can hardly keep it on the canvas.

Andy Warhol: What? It came down to [unintelligible] color without starting over. 

Michael: That's [unintelligible] [crosstalk] Looks like metal.

Andy Warhol: What?

Michael: It will like metal [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: [unintelligible] 

Michael: [unintelligible] accident [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: I want to get this [unintelligible]

Voice two: Do you want to go see ... [crosstalk]

Michael: Andy, who do you think would do a good soundtrack on this [unintelligible]?

Andy Warhol: What?

Michael: Who could we get to come down here and then watch this, and then tape each one of their voices at the same time?

Andy Warhol: Brigid. 

Michael: Somebody famous.

Andy Warhol: Oh, who's still [unintelligible] Lucy Balls. [crosstalk]

Voice two: [unintelligible]

Michael: Yeah, [unintelligible] we could mix it. 

Andy Warhol: Yeah, with Mrs. Mertz, Libby Mertz. 

Voice two: [unintelligible] 

Andy Warhol: [unintelligible] Well, we started about a quarter to two o’clock. It's [crosstalk] twenty  after—

Voice two: ... setting up the cameras. 

Andy Warhol: Twenty after. We had to wash Archie's feet.

Voice two: Twice. 

Andy Warhol: Twice, because Paul came in, opened the door, and Archie ran [crosstalk]-

Voice two: ... let the dog run by him. And then it happened all over again.

Michael: Andy, but what about the next part?

Andy Warhol: Huh?

Michael: Don't you have to do the silkscreen part?

Andy Warhol: No, I don't have to do the silkscreen part. We send it out. 

Voice two: We don't have ... It's too big.

Voice three: It's too big.

Michael: Did you scream at him?

Andy Warhol: Huh?

Michael: Did you scream at him?

Andy Warhol: What?

Michael: Did you scream at him?

Andy Warhol: Scream at who?

Michael: Archie.

Andy Warhol: No, he didn't know what he was doing. He was having fun. 

Voice two: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Who?

Voice two: He got very upset and tried to bite Jerry Miller.

Andy Warhol: Oh, really?

Voice two: Yeah.

Andy Warhol: How?

Voice two: [unintelligible] 

Andy Warhol: Barking?

Voice two: [unintelligible] bark is a lot.

Andy Warhol: Really? Jerry Miller?

Voice two: Yeah.

Andy Warhol: But she was here all day yesterday.

Voice three: I think he saw the lightning [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: He saw her yesterday.

Voice three: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Huh? What?

Voice three: I think it was the [unintelligible] doctor's again.

Andy Warhol: Oh, really? Oh, that's probably what it was. Oh, that must be it. 

Michael: This tape is valuable.

Andy Warhol: What?

Michael: This tape is valuable.

Andy Warhol: It is? Just a little more. Should I give it a little color? 

Voice two: Really? Why don't you just [unintelligible] with you.

Michael: Why don't you leave it white?

Voice two: Why don't you try and what you've always wanted to do?

Andy Warhol: What?

Voice two: Do a piss painting.

Andy Warhol: Huh?

Voice two: Piss paint.

Andy Warhol: No, I can't do that. 

Voice two: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Yeah.

Voice two: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Hmm?

Voice two: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: Why? 

Voice two: [unintelligible] Christmas. 

Andy Warhol: [unintelligible] just a little bit black.

Michael: You painted yourself into a corner.

Andy Warhol: Yeah. Oh, I can make gray. That's [unintelligible] There's brown. 

Voice two: What colors make gray? 

Michael: White and black. 

Andy Warhol: White and black. 

Voice two: Then why did you paint ... ?

Andy Warhol: I'm getting there. It takes too much. 

Michael: Red and black make brown. [crosstalk] makes light brown. 

Andy Warhol: [unintelligible] this way not [unintelligible] screw up. Finish working on it. 

Michael: Right on schedule. It's gonna end in about a minute.

Andy Warhol: Really?

Michael: Yeah, you better hurry. 

Andy Warhol: Okay. We're done here? 

Voice two: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: All finished. 

Voice two: [unintelligible] 

Andy Warhol: It's finished. There. Oh, we got to finish it now. Is it the end?

Michael: Almost. Andy, is there any special symbolism in using gray on his right shoulder?

Andy Warhol: Huh?

Michael: Is there any special symbolism on using gray on his right shoulder?

Andy Warhol: Gray? Where?

Michael: Yeah, what about yellow down there in the bottom?

Andy Warhol: [unintelligible] I ran out of white.

Michael: [unintelligible]

Andy Warhol: And ... Oh, it looks really good. 

Michael: Does the blue sky mean [unintelligible] diplomatic [crosstalk]- ?

Andy Warhol: No, it just means that it's exactly like the colors of gray we use on the poster of Mao Tse Tung. [unintelligible] Well, I guess we're done. [unintelligible] 

Voice two: The touch up still takes long

Andy Warhol: Huh?

Voice two: The touch up [unintelligible] takes long, you know?

Andy Warhol: What touch up?

Voice two: [unintelligible] not to re touch it. 

Andy Warhol: Huh?

Voice two: Does this say [crosstalk]-

Andy Warhol: It costs more to retouch a picture than it is to paint. 

Voice two: [unintelligible]