When September 11 happened Patti Smith discovered how much she missed Andy Warhol – the only artist who would have known how to respond.
Patti Smith says that she really missed an artist who could reflect on and animate what had happened on September 11, and that Andy Warhol would have been such an artist. In her memoir “Just Kids” she writes about Andy Warhol, stating that she “felt little for the can and didn’t like the soup”. Indeed when she was young she didn’t nuture any affection for Andy Warhol, but with time she learned how to appreciate his genius. Often when she goes to a contemporary art museum and sees a work that is good, she discovers that it is a work done by Andy Warhol.
Patti Smith (b.1946) is an award-winning American punk rock musician, poet and visual artist, who became a highly influential figure in the New York City punk rock scene with her debut album ‘Horses’ in 1975. Smith fuses rock and poetry in her work, and has been dubbed the ”punk poet laureate” as well as ”the godmother of punk.” In 2007 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2010 Rolling Stone magazine put her on the 47th place of their list of 100 Greatest Artists. Among her many albums are ’Horses’ (1975), ’Radio Ethiopia’ (1976), ’Easter’ (1978), ’Gone Again’ (1996) and ’Banga’ (2012). Smith is also the author of several books, including ’Woolgathering’ (1992), ’Just Kids’ (2010) – which won the National Book Award and describes her relationship to her lover and friend, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe – and ’M Train’ (2015).
Patti Smith was interviewed by Christian Lund at the Louisiana Literature festival at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in August 2012.
Edited by: Honey Biba Beckerlee and Kamilla Bruus
Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Supported by Nordea-fonden