Text by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Ladies and Gentlemen. This exhibition is comprised of nineteen paintings and seven drawings and represents some of the most interesting portraits Warhol created while also depicting Warhol’s acute awareness of the modernizing and liberalizing world around him. The cross-dressers were invited to pose and dress as they wished while Warhol took their portraits with his Polaroid Big Shot camera, the same process he used with the Hollywood starlets and socialites. The photographs were then sent to a commercial silkscreen shop where they were transferred onto the silk or silk-like fabric and then returned to Warhol for printing. These paintings are glamorous and feminine, and mimic the celebrity status of his other portraits. To Warhol, the Ladies and Gentlemen were starlets but their ambiguity and anonymity veered these paintings away from the commerciality with which his work was once affiliated.
8.5 x 11 inches. (21.59 x 27.94 cm)
80 pages. 40 color/3 black and white reproductions. Hardcover with dust jacket.
Publication date: 5/31/2010
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