A Set of Andy Warhol's Polaroids, Revealed for the First Time
Not to make Warhol seem like a totally creepy dude. The subjects obviously trusted the artist and that connection comes through in their mostly uninhibited attitudes. They strike their best pose for the camera but the camera also seems to strip away their exterior image, exposing something more. The now-outdated white box framing the figures makes the portraits even more arresting and almost more engaging than today's digital ones.
Yet as the show's wall text suggests, Warhol would probably love Instagram. Today, users capture even the most fleeting moments of their lives, give them a cool filter and share with anyone from friends to a stranger browsing through a hashtag.
Warhol no doubt would put his account to good use with stunning photos of himself, his parties and his art. The Polaroids, black and white prints and footage in "Faces and Names" only add to Warhol's legacy in Pop art. As visitors walked out that day, they left behind their own Polaroid photo likenesses for the next group of visitors to admire.
"Faces and Names" is on view through March 23 at The Luckman Gallery at The Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, 5151 State University Drive, (323) 343-6611, luckmanarts.org.