Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987)
Gale Smith, 1977. Artist's dry stamp l.r., Andy Warhol estate hand-stamp, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts hand-stamp, and numbered "FA04. 09184" in pencil and "H713351" in type, all on the verso. Polacolor Type 108, sheet size 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 in. (10.8 x 8.3 cm), framed.
Condition: Minor mat burn, minor color shift.
N.B. Warhol's Polaroids served as preparatory sketches for his silkscreens. With his fascination for multiplicity as a means of reducing distinctiveness, his Big Shot and SX-70 Polaroid cameras were the perfect tools for carrying out this concept. In the 1970s and 80s Warhol's camera went everywhere with him and shot everyone famous with whom he came in contact. In preparation for his silkscreens, he would take numerous variant snapshots, taking up to several dozen in just one "sitting." This snapshot of Gale Smith was likely taken amongst others as the basis for his 1979 silkscreen of the Factory girl.
Upper edge hinged with Beva adhesive to the verso, initialed "T.J.H." in pencil on the verso.
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