Warhol’s Polaroids Up for Display at Fotografiska

Warhol’s Polaroids Up for Display at Fotografiska

Warhol’s Polaroids Up for Display at Fotografiska

Andy Warhol’s polaroids from the 1970s debut today on Fotografiska New York's website.

Andy Warhol’s polaroids from the 1970s debut today on Fotografiska New York's website.

Text: Jared Peraglia

Andy Warhol’s polaroids dating back to the 1970s are entering a virtual exhibition today on Fotografiska New York's website.

Fotografiska’s display “Andy Warhol Photographs” arrives in celebration as the national Pride month comes to a close now at the end of June. The virtual exhibition contains two explicit photo series that explore Warhol’s interest in gender and identity. Amanda Hajjar, director exhibitions at Fotografiska New York, told V that Warhol’s polaroids are documentation of his creative process.

“This exhibition is an exploration of Warhol's creative process and his sexual curiosity,” Amanda said.

Warhol’s first included series “Sex Parts and Torsos” invites the viewer to learn about the photographed subject through their intimate body parts. The polaroids in this series are a variety of extreme close-ups and blurred colored images.

Polaroid portraits in Warhol’s second series “Ladies and Gentlemen” pay homage to the lives of Black and Latinx social activists. Leader of the Gay Rights Movement, Marsha P. Johnson, is included in the series among other prominent figures from the twentieth-century. Fotografiska will be specifically honoring Johnson in the series as a result of her relevance and influence in the current Black Lives Matter movement.

Hedges Projects, an art collecting and dealing foundation, is co-hosting the series with Fotografiska. Hedges Projects independently showcases a wide range of Warhol’s photographs on their website.

Fotografiska New York closed its in-person doors earlier this past spring due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the museum has utilized the power of social media and their website to continue to launch virtual exhibitions during this time.

Check out the virtual exhibit here.

Credits: Image credit: Andy Warhol, 'Ladies and Gentlemen (Easha McCleary), 1974. Unique Polaroid print © 2020 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy Hedges Projects.

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