I thought I’d share with you a photograph that was recently given to me. It’s quickly become one of my favorite things.
It’s a photograph of Andy Warhol examining a Polaroid. It must have been taken in the early sixties, and it was taken by a friend of mine, a German art collector, whose daughter Warhol was doing a silkscreen of.
In the photo, one of several taken surreptitiously by my friend, Warhol is examining a test, soon to become one of his famous silkscreen portraits. Click HERE to read more about the process he used to create the portraits.
The critic Arthur Danto wrote, in The Nation in 1989: “I think eventually people competed to be portrayed by Warhol because that appeared to give them instant immortality of the sort usually enjoyed only by the greatest of stars or the most celebrated products, as if they were also part of the common consciousness of the time.”
Which, of course, they were.