Helen/Harry Morales (Drag Queen)

Object Details

Title:

Helen/Harry Morales (Drag Queen)

Artist/Maker(s):

Andy Warhol (American, 1928 - 1987)

Culture:

American

Date:

1974

Medium:

Polaroid dye diffusion print

Dimensions:

9.5 x 7.3 cm (3 3/4 x 2 7/8 in.)

Copyright:

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

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Andy Warhol sent assistants to the Gilded Grape, a bar on Eighth Avenue and 45th Street, to recruit models for a series on drag queens eventually titled "Ladies and Gentlemen." The men who responded were not told the artist's name and were paid fifty dollars per half-hour to pose for Warhol's Polaroid camera. More than ten drag queens responded, and Warhol produced painted portraits as well as screen prints from the sittings. This portrait of Helen/Harry Morales was not one of the ten images used in the final portfolio; Warhol did, however, use it as an image screened in black chalk over muted shades of green, orange, and blue-gray acrylic on a small canvas.

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. 191.