Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Andy Warhol Portait of Farrah Fawcett

We are nothing if not topical here at Evan's Expo...  OK, we're not, but I like that as an excuse to post a snap of some art I took at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin last July...  Apparently there is some scuttlebutt going on between the University of Texas (which the Blanton Museum is a part of) and Ryan O'Neal.  He says he owns a piece of artwork created by Andy Warhol of his now deceased ex-wife, Farrah Fawcett, but the University of Texas says the artwork is theirs.  So, there is a lawsuit going on and apparently O'Neal has just recently testified that it's his and the university says that she donated it.  The piece in question is one of two versions that Warhol created at Fawcett's request in 1980 and O'Neal already has the other. Not sure how this will pan out, but it will be interesting to see what happens.

Well, back when I was a kid, I loved Farrah Fawcett!  Yes, I had the iconic red bathing suit poster hanging in my room! (It's still for sale on Amazon!  Unbelievable!) Therefore, when I saw this portrait in the museum, I just had to take a snap.  

I heard the news of the suit last night and I thought it made for a good opportunity to post the shot. It's hanging in the same room as Luis Jimenez' "Progress II" sculpture at the Blanton.  Check it out if you go because if O'Neal wins, it probably won't be there long!

I just did minor adjustments of the original raw file in Adobe Camera Raw, add some vignette with Nik Color Efex, removed noise with Nik Dfine and sharpened with Nik Sharpener.

The following is from the information card in the bottom right of the photo that describes the work:

"Andy Warhol
Pittsburgh, 1928 - New York City, 1987

Farrah Fawcett, 1980
Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen on canvas
Bequest of Farrah Fawcett, 2010

Beginning in the late 1960s, Andy Warhol painted commissioned portraits of notable figures.  These included celebrities, members of the art world, and socialites.  By 1980, Warhol had achieved the same celebrity as many of the famous faces he depicted; commissioned portraits by the artist were in high demand, Warhol based this painting of Farrah Fawcett on one of dozens of Polaroid photographs he took of her.  He enlarged and screenprinted the actress's face over flat areas of red and green that emphasize her mouth and eyes, then added a white highlight to her lip.  The portrait not only captures Fawcett's renowned allure, but also shows a more serious, pensive side of the actress than was typically on view."

Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D700 
Exposure - 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture - f/8.0
Focal Length - 26 mm
ISO Speed - 3200
Exposure Bias - 0 EV
Flash - No Flash
Exposure Program - Aperture-priority AE
Lens Model - Nikkor 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0

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