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Helen/Harry Morales (Drag Queen)
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© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Andy Warhol
American, 1974
Polaroid Polacolor
3 3/4 x 2 7/8 in.
98.XM.168.2

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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.