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Was Andy Warhol a Hoarder?

Hoarder Andy Warhol, self portraitA provocative and entertaining new book by Claudia Kalb takes a fresh look at the lives of several famous men and women, viewed from the perspective of mental illness. Published by National Geographic Books, “Andy Warhol was a Hoarder: Inside the Minds of History’s Great Personalities” uses contemporary scientific research, expert interviews, and historical information on familiar cultural figures to flesh out what we now understand to be psychiatric disorders—from Marilyn Monroe (borderline personality?) to Albert Einstein (autism?).

In this case, we take a look at the life of celebrated artist Andy Warhol. Ms. Kalb picked her way through the whys and whats of his obsessive accumulation of “Time Capsules” and concluded that he embraced his hoarding as part of his creativity.

A typical hoarder home contains living spaces that have become so cluttered that they can no longer be used for their intended purpose. This was certainly the case for Andy who’s dining room, shortly after his death, showed complete disarray with boxes piled high in front of a fireplace, paintings leaning against a wall, a table laden with books, papers, bowls, and heaps of other objects.”

Click on the picture below to have a look at the article where it discusses:

  • How Andy Warhol embraced his hoarding as part of his creativity.
  • The key features of hoarders and how this relates to Andy.
  • Examples of Andy’s 600 Time Capsules and a look at some of the half a million objects he stored in them.
  • How the Time Capsules show glimpses into the day-to-day life of Andy.
  • How Ms. Kalb cites recent studies to to explain hoarder disorder.

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