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Andy Warhol
American, 1986
Polaroid Polacolor ER print
4 1/4 x 3 3/8 in.

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Andy Warhol always took the role of playing himself quite seriously, employing a variety of wigs, eyeglasses (including, importantly, sunglasses), and makeup, as well as a subtly changing but always hip wardrobe to present the part of the famous avant-garde artist. For some of his last painted self-portraits, Warhol selected his platinum "fright wig" and, after making a series of Polaroids, combined his own portrait with a silkscreen camouflage pattern on canvas, thereby disguising his own face rather than illuminating it. Warhol's pale face has an almost ghostly appearance, hovering in the midst of a solid black ground punctuated only by wild strands from his reflective wig.