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每日英語跟讀 Ep.K141: 安迪沃荷 自稱來自不知名的地方 Andy Warhol Said He Came From ‘Nowhere.’

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每日英語跟讀 Ep.K141: Andy Warhol Said He Came From ‘Nowhere.’

A Slovak cousin of Andy Warhol, the Pop Art icon, knew his American relative was a painter of some sort.


He gathered that much from the letters his aunt, Warhol’s mother, sent to Mikova, the hamlet in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains where both the artist’s parents lived before emigrating to the United States.


“I thought he painted houses,” said Jan Zavacky, 73.


Nobody in Mikova has made that mistake for a long time.


Since Warhol’s death in 1987, the tiny village in Slovakia has — more or less — embraced its role as a place of pilgrimage for his fans. They come seeking to understand how Warhol’s family origins may have played in his rise into a global art star who grabbed so much more than just 15 minutes of fame.


The nearby town of Medzilaborce has turned a large Communist-era post office into the Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art. The town’s main drag has been renamed Andy Warhol Street. On it stands the Andy Hostel.


On the road to Mikova, a sign with Warhol in his trademark wig of wild hair proudly announces the village as his family home.


After waves of emigration, few villagers remain — a cow herder, a few dozen pensioners and a cluster of Roma families. But all know the story of how the U.S.-born son of Andrej Varchola and Julia Zavacky-Varchola made it big in New York, after changing his surname to Warhol.Few of the 100 or so residents, though, think much of his art.


In America, “you don’t need to be very good at something,” observed Julia Varcholova, another cousin, who uses a different spelling of the family name. “You just need to be different. You don’t need to sing or paint well so long as you do it differently.”Warhol, she said, “was very good at being different.”


She much prefers Rembrandt because “at least you can see he put a lot of work into his paintings.”


On the edge of Varcholova’s property in Mikova, which she left years ago to move to the city but still visits regularly, stands an old stone well, the only remaining structure from when Warhol’s father lived on that piece of land. Warhol enthusiasts from the United States and across Europe have come to admire it, she said.


A dozen documentary films in multiple languages feature the village, which is so far from the beaten track that it may clarify what the often-cryptic Warhol meant when he said, “I come from nowhere.” Mikova doesn’t even have a cafe or bar, usually an indispensable feature of the smallest Slovak villages.


For many years, Warhol’s perceived strangeness was a big handicap in how he was regarded in these tradition-bound lands.

多年來,在這些受到傳統束縛的土地上,沃荷的怪異形象大大阻礙了人們對他的肯定。Source article:


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