Warhol and the Diva: Before creating iconic screen prints, Warhol would take a selection of photos with an instant Polaroid


Liza Minnelli, 1977

Collection of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburg
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2011.

Before creating the iconic screen prints of the stars of stage and screen, Warhol would take a selection of photographs of them with an instant Polaroid camera.

“Mr Land invented this great camera called a Polaroid. And it just takes the face of the person. There is something about the camera that makes the person look just right. They usually come out great. I take at least 200 pictures and then I choose.” Andy Warhol

See Andy’s Polaroids in Warhol and the Diva at The Lowry, Sat 25 June – Sun 25 September.

In the meantime check out this Warhol inspired website: www.thankyouandywarhol.com. How many thank you’s can you get up to?

More Warhol Trivia

The Rolling Stones ‘Sticky Fingers’ album cover design in 1971 by Warhol was not, as believed, Mick Jagger’s crotch. But you can see Mick in Warhol and the Diva.

1963 saw Warhol create his Liz series using a still from Butterfield 8, the film Elizabeth Taylor won her first Oscar for. You can see Liz in Warhol and the Diva.

Look out for daily updates of Warhol trivia as we build up to the exhibition opening this Saturday #WarholandtheDiva.

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