A new angle on Andy Warhol in Late Self-Portraits at Sheffield's Graves Gallery

By Ben Miller | 03 April 2012
An image of a painting of a man's face in dark red against a black background
Andy Warhol, Self Portrait (1986)© DACS 2012, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Exhibition: Andy Warhol: Late Self-Portraits, Graves Gallery, Sheffield, April 11 – December 1 2012

Part of Antony d’Offay’s Artist Rooms touring collection, the latest Warhol-dedicated exhibition is a search for the real man behind a career which produced far more than the pop-art the American artist is most readily associated with.

Among a typically striking set of portraits, there’s a rather troubled threesome in the form of Self-Portrait With Fright Wig, Self-Portrait Strangulation and Self-Portrait in a Dark Suit – produced in the decade before his death, these are sombre and even macabre images, their qualities more like to haunt than reference the hoi polloi of his better-known works.

There are also a batch of audio recordings discussing his childhood, relationships and professional approaches, voiced by his family and close friends and created by the art historian, Dr Jean Wainwright.

  • Open Wednesday-Friday 10am-3pm (11am-3pm Saturday). Admission free. See Culture24 later this week for our Curator’s Choice from the show.
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