The close-up view of his own face in this pair of self-portraits is a dead giveaway of a cheap photo booth. The rapt attention and the fingers touching his mouth are a mannerism borrowed from the poses matinee idols struck in the 1940s. The colors are chosen with pure indulgence. Despite those affectations, the artist allows us a glimpse of himself as an intensely private individual who hides behind his public persona.
Artist Andy Warhol, American, 1928-1987
Title
  • Self Portrait
  • Double Self Portrait (former title)
Date 1967
Medium screenprint in paint on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 72 × 72 inches (182.9 × 182.9 cm)
Framed: 72 1/4 × 72 1/4 × 1 3/8 inches (183.5 × 183.5 × 3.5 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Friends of Modern Art Fund
Accession Number 68.292.2
Department Contemporary Art after 1950
On View DIA (on site), DIA, S261, Level 2 (see map)
1967, the artist;
bought by (Leo Castelli Gallery) (New York, New York, USA);
1968, purchased by the DIA.

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