Andy Warhol


By 1985 Dolly Parton was one of the most famous stars in America. Over the previous ten years Parton had successfully transitioned from Country signer to super celebrity; her albums sold over a million copies and won Grammys. Between 1981 and 1985, she had twelveTop-10 hits. Her films (and their theme-songs) such as 9-to-5 and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, were massive commercial hits.  

It is no secret that Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was fascinated by fame, especially when possessed by beautiful and intriguing women. Under what circumstances Dolly Parton entered Warhol's world is a story arguably too large for this platform, but in 1985 the two connected. Warhol, in his typical portrait-making approach, took a number of Polaroids of Dolly...and these images would become a small number of 42" by 42" silkscreen paintings realized the same year. 

It is worth mentioning that by the mid-eighties Warhol had completed a lot of celebrity portraits. His Dolly paintings are unquestionably an accomplishment within the genre. Instead of using discordant colors, Warhol chose a palette that was aligned with Dolly's aesthetic; pastel, gentle and a bit of ostentatious glamour. 

(The last photo that shows the Dolly portraits in situ is from the exhibition Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei at the National Gallery of Australia, Melbourne that took place in the winter of 2015 through the spring 2016)

This Polaroid, which comes directly from the Estate of Andy Warhol, is one of the photographs from that magical session. 

Additional images available on request. 

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USA, 1985

Unique polaroid print

Estate's embossed signature 

4.5"H 3.5'W (work)

13"H 11.5"W (framed)

Framed with museum glass

Very good condition.

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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