ANDY WARHOL "CANDY DARLING" POLAROID, 1971
Andy Warhol began using the big-shot Polaroid camera in 1971, and continued using it religiously until his death in 1987. Despite the camera being discontinued in 1973, he continued to use it to capture the actors, artists, clubbers, politicians, socialites, and Factory-members of his world.
Frequently, the polaroids were used as preparatory works for his iconic silkscreen portraits. They also reveal his immediate personal vision and function as a chronicle of his surroundings and muses, including the iconic Candy Darling.
Candy Darling was a pioneering drag-performer, transgender actress and Warhol superstar. She played a starring role in Warhol's inner circle at "The Factory" in the late 60's and 70's. After meeting at an underground show in 1967, Candy and Andy developed a close friendship and he soon cast her to in two of his movies, Flesh and Women in Revolt. Darling quickly became a muse to Warhol, embodying the beauty, youth, style, and lust-for-fame and fun he was drawn to.
Like many of Warhol muses, Candy Darling lived a tragically short life - dying of lymphoma at age 29. Warhol's works serve as an epitaph to Darling's beauty and glamorous persona, which also inspired The Velvet Underground song "Candy Says". Darling's unapologetic ambitions and reception helped open the door for other drag and LGBT performers to pursue mainstream fame and recognition.
This unique polaroid print, captures Darling's old-Hollywood beauty with an aura of film-noir glamour and mystery.
As the Warhol market continues to ascend, there are fewer and fewer examples of fine entry-level pieces.
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Untitled "Candy Darling"
USA, circa 1971
Unique polaroid print
4.25"H 3.75"W (artwork)
Framed with museum glass
Provenance: Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / the Estate of Andy Warhol, Christie's Private Sales (New York City)
Note: This work is accompanied by a certificate of provenance from Christie's and the Estate of Andy Warhol
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