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About This Artwork
Winston Man, c. 1980
Gelatin silver prints, stitched (4)
53.8 x 69.4 cm (image and paper)
Gift of Boardroom, Inc., 1992.720
(ARS), New York
Not on Display
Andy Warhol used his art to comment upon the ubiquity of large-than-life celebrities and iconic American brands. Throughout his career Warhol took tens of thousands of photographs with instant (Polaroid) cameras or point-and-shoot 35mm cameras, which became his preferred way to collect snippets of everyday encounters. From 1976 until his death in 1987, he enlisted his assistants to stitch together identical black-and-white photographs—grouped in grids of four, six, or twelve—with a sewing machine. In his silkscreen canvases of the 1960s, Warhol had employed repetition (for example, reproducing a glamour shot of Marilyn Monroe 25 times) yet he had made nearly every image slightly different, accentuating the “mistakes” of slippage, streaking, and blurring that are inherent to the silkscreen process. In these later stitched composites, by contrast, Warhol opted for an utterly impersonal sameness, perhaps to stress that the photograph—whether of an iconic subject or of something more banal—is an infinitely circulating image.
Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, ""Lessons in Life": Photographic Works from the Boardroom Collection," March 26-June 19, 1994. (Colin Westerbeck)
Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, "Crossing the Line: Photography Reconsidered," January 29-June 4, 2000 (David Travis)
Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, "Sight-Set-Sequence: Photographs from the Permanent Collection," November 10-May 19, 2002. (Travis)
Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Gallery 10 Permanent Collection Rotation, May 2-November 1, 2015.