Ethel Scull

Object Details

Title:

Ethel Scull

Artist/Maker(s):

Andy Warhol (American, 1928 - 1987)

Culture:

American

Date:

1963

Medium:

Hand-colored gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

19.4 x 5.1 cm (7 5/8 x 2 in.)

Copyright:

© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

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At a four-for-a-quarter Photomat in a pinball arcade at 52nd and Broadway, Andy Warhol instructed art collector Ethel Scull, "Now start smiling and talking, this is costing me money." She proceeded, with and without her large round sunglasses, to look sultry and silly, exhilarated and somber, until the machine had generated more than twenty-four strips, each with four frames of finished photographs.

Warhol's 1963 multipanel portrayal of Scull, Ethel Scull Thirty-six Times,is among the best known of his early Pop portraits. The grid of thirty-six silkscreen-on-canvas panels, each 20 x 16 inches, was one of his first commissioned portraits and the second painted portrait based on the photobooth images.

Ethel Scull and her husband Robert became identified with Pop Art through their patronage of and generous hospitality toward the artists of "the latest thing." They were newly rich and, in the art world at least, suddenly famous, making Ethel an ideal subject for Warhol and a superstar in her own way. As she herself described the sixties, "My life had all the glamour and glitter of a Hollywood starlet's."

Exhibitions
Nadar/Warhol: Paris/New York (July 20, 1999 to May 28, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 20 to October 10, 1999
  • The Andy Warhol Museum, (Pittsburgh), November 6, 1999 to January 30, 2000
  • The Baltimore Museum of Art, (Baltimore), March 12 to May 28, 2000
Bibliography

Baldwin, Gordon, and Judith Keller. Nadar Warhol: Paris New York: Photography and Fame. Introduction by Richard Brilliant. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1999) p. 152.