Self-Portrait with Reddish Blonde Wig (1981)
About this artwork
Role playing was a central aspect of many of Warhol’s self-portraits. In 1981 the artist was videoed and photographed wearing various wigs and makeup. The video was produced for ‘Andy Warhol’s TV on Saturday Night Live’. Christopher Makos, a member of Warhol’s close circle of friends, described the process as a “Dadaist experiment…The point was not drag itself but the altered image. It had nothing to do with transsexuality. As you can see: no stuffed bras, no artificial fingernails. Only the face is altered”.
- title: Self-Portrait with Reddish Blonde Wig
- accession number: AR00309
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Photograph
- materials: Photograph, colour, Polaroid, on paper
- date created: 1981
- measurements: 9.50 x 7.30 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.