Self-Portrait in Dark Suit (1986)
About this artwork
Although Warhol was unhappy with his appearance throughout his life, self-portraiture was a recurring theme in his oeuvre. Role-playing was a central aspect of many of his self-portraits and his Polaroid camera was an effective means of quickly documenting his changing personae. In this work he is remarkably subdued (in comparison with his ‘Self-Portrait with Fright Wig’ for example), wearing a sombre dark suit and tie; his renowned blonde wig is conservatively styled. With his head resting on his hand he stares into space seemingly bored and disinterested. This work was made a year before Warhol’s death in 1987.
- title: Self-Portrait in Dark Suit
- accession number: AR00302
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Photograph
- date created: 1986
- measurements: 9.40 x 7.20 cm (framed: 36.00 x 30.50 x 3.00 cm)
- credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
- copyright: © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2016.
Andy Warhol was born 'Andrew Warhola' to Slovakian immigrant parents living in Pittsburgh in America. Warhol's subject matter was taken from popular culture, in the form of advertising, comics, magazines and packaging. He was able to produce his works quickly by transferring images onto canvas or paper through photography and screenprinting, sometimes with the help of assistants. Warhol stated that he wanted to make works that showed no trace of having been produced by hand. His interest in mass production reflected the fast-developing consumer culture he recognised in America. His New York studio, 'The Factory,' became a popular meeting place for artists, drop-outs, celebrities and bands.