101.6 cm x 101.6 cm (40 in. x 40 in.)
(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1928 - 1987, New York City)
North America, American
Medium and Support:
Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen on canvas
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Bequest of Farrah Fawcett, 2010
This painting of University of Texas alumna and "Charlie’s Angels" star Farrah Fawcett typifies Andy Warhol’s portrait style of the 1970s and 1980s. The artist photographed starlets like Fawcett, Grace Jones, Blondie’s Debbie Harry, and Dolly Parton; their bare shoulders serve as a nod to classical portraiture. Working from a Polaroid, Warhol sent the negative to a photo lab to have it enlarged and transferred onto a sheet of acetate. Once a silkscreen was made from the sheet, Warhol and his assistants squeegeed ink through the screen onto a pre-painted canvas, using punches of color to highlight the glamour of his subjects.