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Self-Portrait, 1966

Andy Warhol

American, 1928-1987
Silkscreen on paper, Edition of 300, No. 79
23-1/8 x 23 in. (58.7 x 58.4 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Mr. John Coplans

Not on view

Although several of his contemporaries were skeptical of the growing consumerism in postwar America, Andy Warhol embraced it, finding a place for the features of capitalism in both life and art. Warhol had begun his career in commercial illustration, an arena that welcomed the imbrication of art and the market, which profoundly influenced his work. Though Warhol is arguably best known for his incorporation of popular products and images into his sculptures, prints, paintings and even films, he was also keenly aware of how his self-image played into his success. Indeed, he made numerous self-portraits—some contrived, some intimate, and others grand—all of them reflections of his calculated construction of the self.

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