ANDY WARHOL // Polaroids

…art in themselves…

Today I’m really excited to bring you a “Design Under the Influence” at La Dolce Vita on Andy Warhol’s portraits! The art historian and graphic designer in me is a big fan of Warhol’s work, and I’m thrilled about his lasting influence on interior designers today.

The Polaroids that Andy Warhol would use to create his silkscreen prints and paintings are kind of like Degas’ sketches of ballerinas, or Rodin’s miniature clay models: they provide a glimpse into the artistic process. My favorite of course would have to be Debbie Harry’s polaroids; she’s unapologetic in her attitude, and stunning because of it.

But these babies have become art in themselves: the Polaroid above right of Farrah Fawcett recently sold for $43,750! Thousands of others are on display around the country, through the continued efforts of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. In the Bay Area, check out a selection of Warhol’s Polaroids from 1970-1987 at the UC Berkeley Art Museum until May 20th. (Click here for a full list of 180 universities and colleges to receive selections from Warhol’s 28,500 Polaroids.)

Polaroid images © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Creative Director

Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).

  1. $43,750. Good lord. That’s a lot of money for a Polaroid of someone else. I will forever love Polariods. Too bad the film is so expensive. It’s like a dollar a photo. DVF looks a little pale, no?

    1. I thought the same! Looks like they put makeup on her to make her really pale? You can see her true skin color towards the bottom. I’m assuming it makes a higher contrast silkscreen or something.

  2. Best analogy ever. They are like degas ballerinas (which as a former ballerina and as the blessed younger sister who grew up idolizing her older sister’s artistic knowledge and creative abilities) you are speaking directly to my heart. I am see his polaroids in a completely different light. xo

  3. You know I love this so much! The artistic process is mesmerizing and the fact that these polaroids where just the beginning is seriously great. It makes you wonder what went on at all these photo shoots. Oh, to be a fly on the wall!