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New Meetup: Big Shots: Andy Warhol’s Polaroid Portraits

From: mary
Sent on: Saturday, August 30, 2008 1:59 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for The (live music, film, art and more) meetup!

What: Big Shots: Andy Warhol?s Polaroid Portraits

When: September 14,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Per the MCCM website:

Big Shots: Andy Warhol?s Polaroid Portraits
August 30?December 14

Actors, athletes, socialites, and the mother of a U.S. President are among the subjects of the exhibition Big Shots: Andy Warhol?s Polaroid Portraits, on view in the John Howett Works on Paper Study Room from August 30 through December 14. Thirty-two photographs from the 1970s and 1980s by Andy Warhol [masked]) will be displayed. In addition, a screenprint portrait of ?Miss Lillian? Carter, lent by the Carter Center, will also be included in the exhibition.

As a pioneer of 1960s Pop Art, Warhol introduced images (taken from publicity stills and newspapers) of Marilyn Monroe, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Elizabeth Taylor into the realm of high culture. While initially attracted to these subjects because of their personal tragedies, Warhol also celebrated their fame and glamour, and these two elements would drive the artist?s portrait production in the following decades. Around 1970, however, the starting point for his portraits changed with the purchase of a Polaroid Big Shot camera. Warhol referred to the camera as his ?pencil and paper? producing the ?sketches? that were the basis of silkscreened paintings and print series.

Big Shots: Andy Warhol?s Polaroid Portraits offers an unusual look at the intimate relationship between the photographer and his many subjects. Photographs of famous figures such as Dorothy Hamill, Sylvester Stallone, and Mrs. Carter are featured along with lesser-known subjects such as Alphanso Panell, the latter a study for Warhol?s 1975 series Ladies and Gentlemen. Commissioned portraits, which sustained the artist?s late career, are represented by Polaroids of several New York socialites such as Lynn Revson, former wife of the founder of Revlon Cosmetics. This diverse group of sitters reveals the irony of Warhol?s self-characterization as a ?traveling society portrait painter.?

Curator Margaret Shufeldt and Andrew W. Mellon Intern Joe Madura selected the portraits in the exhibition from the 151 photographs recently donated to the Michael C. Carlos Museum by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Museum is grateful to be a beneficiary of the foundation?s Photographic Legacy Program, which has distributed approximately 28,000 photographs to 183 institutions over the past year.

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