ANDY WARHOL "MR. LEVI'S" POLAROID, 1984
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, dancers, politicians, socialites, and Factory members of his world.
Frequently, Warhol's Polaroids were used as preparatory works for his iconic silkscreen portraits or other artworks. They also revealed his immediate personal vision functioning as a chronicle of his surroundings and social life.
This image, was likely created in the late 1970's. In 1977, Warhol began work on two new sexually-charged bodies of work, Torsos and Sex Parts. These two series are regarded as Warhol's most daring, arguably the most explicit gay work in his oeuvre. While this image by itself is playful and sexy - without being graphic, it deserves to be put in context with the other overtly gay image-making that Warhol was pursuing at this moment.
It is worth mentioning that this is the era that Robert Mapplethorpe begins to create and exhibit photographs that document underground gay culture and sexuality...and without a doubt Warhol was influenced by his courage and audacity. Yet simultaneously, Warhol had a number of commissions from a variety of consumer products creating advertisements for everything from Perrier to Halston Cosmetics to major label record covers. Was Levis a client...or was Warhol celebrating the unofficial uniform of gay men in the era?
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Untitled "Mr. Levi's"
Unique polaroid print
Stamped on verso by the Estate of Andy Warhol and the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board, Inc. and numbered H307251E.
Very good condition.
Provenance: Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / the Estate of Andy Warhol.
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