Andy Warhol,<em> Self-portrait in Fright Wig</em>, 1986, Polaroid, 10.8 x 8.6 cm, Unique piece, Collection of the Artist and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to Jack Shainman Gallery and Hedges Projects
Schedule: Tue - Sat 11 am - 7 pm | Mon by appointment | Sun closed
Tickets: Free admission
Location: Tommaso Calabro Galleria d’arte
Address: Piazza San Sepolcro 2
“A good reason to get out of bed in the morning.” That’s what Andy Warhol thought of his Polaroid, tireless companion, capable of creating an instant interaction with his subjects and yet, at the same time, establishing distance. It was 1971 when the King of Pop Art began using the Polaroid Big Shot, a cheap instant camera with a fixed focus which ended up revolutionising his work. Conceived for portraits, it combined, in one object, the two principal lines of study of Warhol - his obsession for celebrities and the serial production of works of art. During each sitting, Warhol would snap dozens of Polaroids, then he would choose one as the starting-point image, creating large format silk-screen portraits. And it wasn’t only Marilyn, Campbell’s soup cans and bottles of Coca Cola. Warhol created an impressive visual diary populated by film stars and other celebrities, from businessman Gianni Agnelli to actress Bianca Jagger. The Galleria d’Arte Tommaso Calabro has dedicated an entire exhibition to a selection of photos and Polaroids created during the last year of his life, an opportunity to explore a lesser-known but no less intriguing aspect of the most iconic artist of the Twentieth Century. The exhibition, entitled Instant Warhol, invites the public to look through the lens of his camera, visualising the shots as he did.
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