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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
P.1969.068
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Warhol understood the phenomenon of the cult of personality as it played out in popular culture—if a face appears often enough, everyone will start to recognize it. Self-Portrait was published by the Leo Castelli Gallery to announce Warhol’s exhibition there in 1966. Rather than using an image of an artwork from the exhibition, Warhol created a promotional poster with his own visage. By doing so, he inserted himself into the pantheon he was creating, alongside Elvis, Brando and Marilyn.


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