Andy Warhol (American, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1928–1987 New York)
Direct positive gelatin silver print
9.9 x 4.0 cm. (3 7/8 x 1 9/16 in.)
Purchase, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Gift and The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1995
Not on view
Warhol turned the photo-booth picture--with its apparent artlessness, serial format, and connection to popular culture--into a locus for Pop Art ideas. In this particular strip, rather than presenting four similar shots of the sitter's face (typically hamming for the camera), the identity of the subject is tauntingly withheld. The low-voltage homoerotic charge in the work, appropriate to the Warhol circle, is relayed through the obscured face, the centered torso, and the "tough-guy" pose. This work is a tone poem of sixties countercultural impulses.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on print, verso, T: "FM05.00003"; stamped in blue ink on print, verso, T: "THE ESTATE//OF//ANDY WARHOL" [in oval] and "THE ANDY WARHOL//FOUNDATION//AW" [in circle].