Yesterday, I went with my mother and her friend Judy to visit the BAM/PFA Museum to see the Andy Warhol "Polaroids" exhibit. I am a huge Warhol fan, and when I saw his work was coming to the Bay Area, I jumped at the opportunity to go and see it.
From 1970 to 1987, Warhol took over 30,000 pictures of rock stars, socialites, sports heroes and even regular folk (most of which had never been seen by the public) with his Polaroid Big Shot camera. These images often served as the basis for his commissioned portraits, silk-screen paintings, drawings, and prints. The exhibition in Berkeley is a project of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, that brings the collection out into the open for the first time.
The Warhol "Polaroid" collection features a wide range of individuals with his Polaroid Big Shot camera, that includes the royalty, rock stars, industrialists, artists, patrons of the arts, and athletes who embody 1970s and 1980s high society. However, he also included unknown sitters, who are represented with a sense of dignity and strength (over half of those who sat for him were little known or remain unidentified).
I personally love the vulnerable shots of famous faces like Diane von Furstenberg, Princess Caroline of Monaco, and my personal favorite -- an adolescent Jade Jagger, daughter of Mick and Bianca, holding a teddy bear.
|Princess Caroline of Monaco|
|Diane Von Furstenburg|
Images are courtesy of the BAM/PFA Archive.
Andy Warhol Polaroids / MATRIX 240 are on view from January 27 through May 20, 2012 at UC Berkeley Art Museum.