While his portraits of celebrities like Elvis and Marylin Monroe have become iconic, Andy Warhol’s own celebrity status appends a similar pop cultural significance to his self portraits. Indeed, Warhol’s face and persona remain as recognizable as his work, a rare achievement for even the most famous artists.
This 1964 self portrait was Warhol’s second, and utilizes a picture taken in a photo booth as the basis for his signature silkscreen technique. Warhol’s bold pose, with his chin raised, seems to dare the viewer, while the minimalist color palette obscures the finer details. It serves as a unique contrast to other artists’ self portraits that typically offer a more subtle introspective view. His stylized pose also belies Warhol’s uncanny ability to hide in plain sight.