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Pictured: 1) Andy Warhol 2) Diana Ross 3) Rober Mapplethorpe 4) Yoko Ono 5) Arnold Schwarzenegger 6) Bruce Weber 7) Dolly Parton 8) Dennis Hopper 9) Jane Fonda 10) Teddy Kennedy Andy Warhol's Polaroids provided insight into the artist who sought to capture the world with his camera. The exhibition included about 250 Polaroids and 70 silver gelatin black-and-white prints taken by Warhol from 1970 to 1987, many of them on public view for the first time. Big Shots revealed an important dimension of Warhol’s process in creating his famous large-scale portraits. Although his Polaroids served as aids for painting portraits, in and of themselves they are significant works and represent a relatively unknown body of Warhol’s work. At the Nasher Museum, the exhibition included his portraits of Patsy, Andrea, Joan and Nancy Nasher, accompanied by the original Polaroid studies. A selection of Warhol films from the 1960s was also part of the exhibition, to help provide greater context for the photographic work.
@hunahuna Everything I know about the artists of this period comes in spotty patches from Patti Smiths book Just Kids, but I definitely have heard of thus group--still I think individually the faces are focused on, and as a group everything you said totally comes out in the images
@timeturnerjones @ryantadman @pipeline I don't really think it's about the individual, but about the group as a whole. I know this series well and Big Shots actually contains many more polaroids of famous people during that time period. You should realize that during this time period, many artists and people interested in the field of modern art stuck together and fed off each other. They influenced each other and supported each other, even despite their differences. It was a time of collaboration and experimentation, with a split in the public perception. Some of the public despised modern art, called it lewd and inappropriate or just down right crazy. However, many people of influence also supported modern art works. So this series really isn't about the individual, in my eyes. Even though the single pictures are of a single person's face, I feel Warhol did this to emphasize their importance of the individual among the group. Just my .02! :)
great collection
I'm not saying your wrong, it was definitely a deliberate decision to make the faces full frame!
^ Heck yes @hunahuna Spot on with that one.
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