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Andy Warhol Self-Portrait

Andy Warhol Self-Portrait
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Artist
Andy Warhol, 6 Aug 1928 - 22 Feb 1987
Sitter
Andy Warhol, 6 Aug 1928 - 22 Feb 1987
Date
1966
Type
Print
Medium
Offset lithograph on silver-coated posterboard
Dimensions
Sheet: 58 x 57.7cm (22 13/16 x 22 11/16")
Mat: 86.4 x 86.4cm (34 x 34")
Topic
Poster
Self-portrait
Andy Warhol: Visual Arts\Artist
Andy Warhol: Male
Andy Warhol: Visual Arts\Artist\Printmaker
Andy Warhol: Communications\Publisher\Magazine
Andy Warhol: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter
Andy Warhol: Visual Arts\Artist\Illustrator
Andy Warhol: Performing Arts\Filmmaker
Portrait
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; the Ruth Bowman and Harry Kahn Twentieth-Century American Self-Portrait Collection
Restrictions & Rights
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Copyright
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society
(ARS), New York
Object number
NPG.2002.357
Exhibition Label
Created for Andy Warhol’s 1966 exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery, where he spoke of his (supposed) retirement from painting, this self-portrait—an offset lithograph based on a photograph by an unknown maker—pictures the artist with his face deeply in shadow. The print’s mechanical appearance and manufacture further disguises evidence of the artist. Warhol has even relegated his signature to the back of the work, rendering it invisible to most viewers. Implicit in the metallic silver background, which recalls Warhol’s famous pronouncement, "I want to be a machine," are references to his studio, known as the Factory; the cinema, appropriate given Warhol’s experimentation with filmmaking; and religious icons, as Warhol had recently been dubbed "Saint Andrew" in the press.
Este autorretrato fue creado por Warhol para su exposición de 1966 en la Leo Castelli Gallery, donde habló de su (supuesto) retiro de la pintura. Se trata de una litografía en offset, basada en una foto de autor desconocido, que presenta el rostro del artista sumido en las sombras. La factura mecánica y su consiguiente efecto contribuyen aún más a camuflar las huellas del artista, quien incluso relegó su firma al reverso de la obra, de modo que resulta invisible para la mayoría de los espectadores. En el fondo de tono plateado metálico que recuerda la famosa declaración de Warhol "quiero ser una máquina", hay implícitas diversas referencias: a su estudio, conocido como "The Factory", también al cine, medio con el cual experimentó, y a íconos religiosos, dado que por ese tiempo alguien lo había llamado "Saint Andrew" en la prensa.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery