“Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids,” an exhibition of rare photographs, many depicting celebrities, will open at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University on Thursday, Nov. 12.
Supported by Durham-based national advertising agency McKinney, the exhibition includes about 250 Polaroids and 75 black-and-white prints taken by Warhol from 1970 to 1987. The exhibition includes Warhol’s Polaroids of such famous subjects as artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, writer Truman Capote, skater Dorothy Hamill, fashion icon Bianca Jagger, artist Grace Jones, golfer Jack Nicklaus and musician Rick Ocasek. The black-and-white prints depict such luminaries as Studio 54 owner Steve Rubell and fashion critic André Leon Talley. Many of these original prints will be on public display for the first time.
“Warhol’s Polaroids reveal an important dimension of the artist’s process in creating his famous large-scale portraits,” says Trevor Schoonmaker, curator of contemporary art at the Nasher Museum. “Although the Polaroids were aids for painting portraits, in and of themselves they are significant and represent a relatively unknown body of Warhol’s work.”
A selection of Warhol films from the 1960s will also be part of the exhibition to provide a greater context for the photographic work. The exhibition will be on view through Feb. 21, 2010.