Self Portrait, 1967

  • Andy Warhol, American, 1928-1987

Screenprint in paint on canvas

  • Unframed: 72 × 72 in. (182.9 × 182.9 cm)
  • 72 1/4 × 72 1/4 × 1 3/8 inches (183.5 × 183.5 × 3.5 cm)

Founders Society Purchase, Friends of Modern Art Fund

68.292.1

Department

Contemporary Art after 1950

  • Pop
  • Screen processes
  • Acrylic
  • Enamel
  • Canvas
  • Portrait
  • Bust
  • Self-portrait
  • Painting
  • United states
  • Bust

The close-up view of his own face in this pair of self-portraits is a dead giveaway of a cheap photo booth. The rapt attention and the fingers touching his mouth are a mannerism borrowed from the poses matinee idols struck in the 1940s. The colors are chosen with pure indulgence. Despite those affectations, the artist allows us a glimpse of himself as an intensely private individual who hides behind his public persona.

1967, the artist (New York, New York, USA); (Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, New York, USA); 1968-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Cummings, F.J., and Elam, C.H., eds. The Detroit Institute of Arts Illustrated Handbook. Detroit, 1971, p. 187. Bulletin of the DIA 50, no. 4 (1971): 61, 63–69 (ill.). Billeter, Erika and David Bourden. "Andy Warhol: ein Buch zur Ausstellung im Kunsthaus Zurich.” Bern, 1978, cat. no. 69. Ratcliff, Carter. Andy Warhol. Vol. 4, New York, 1983, p. 94, no. 93. Christie, Manson, and Woods. "Andy Warhol: The Series of 72-Inch Self-Portraits." In Post-War and Contemporary Art: Evening Auction. London, 2011, pp. 58–65.

© 2005 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Andy Warhol, Self Portrait, 1967, screenprint in paint on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, Friends of Modern Art Fund, 68.292.1.