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Andy Warhol

Ladies and Gentlemen

  • Year1975
  • MaterialAcrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
  • Dimensions81.4 x 65.9 cm
  • Year of acquisition2001
  • Inventory numberUAB 525
  • On viewGround floor

More about the artwork

Andy Warhol’s work is marked by a fascination for
appearances—for acts of self-representation and sel fdramatization.
This particularly applies to the transvestites
who modeled for his “Ladies and Gentlemen” series.
With devotion they dedicate themselves to imitating the
opposite sex, often borrowing from the style of stars
and celebrities. To recruit the transvestites for his portrait
series, Warhol sent his colleague Bob Colacello to the
nightclubs of Greenwich Village. The subjects were
then paid to be photographed according to their own
perferences at the Factory; these photographs in turn
formed the basis for Warhol’s silkscreen prints. Many of
the transvestites were people of color—and thus subject
to double exclusion due to both their skin and performed
gender identity. Warhol, instead, has immortalized them
in their individually c hosen poses of dazzling grandeur.

Further collection artworks

Andy Warhol Ladies and Gentlemen, 1975UAB 529
Andy Warhol Ladies and Gentlemen, 1975
Cy TwomblyRamification, 1971UAB 452
Cy Twombly Ramification, 1971
Cy Twombly Untitled (Capri), 1960UAB 442
Cy Twombly Untitled (Capri), 1960
Alexandra BirckenNew Model Army, 2016UAB 1107
Alexandra Bircken New Model Army, 2016
Cy TwomblyUntitled (Bacchus), 2005UAB 487
Cy Twombly Untitled (Bacchus), 2005
Andy Warhol Ladies and Gentlemen, 1975UAB 534
Andy Warhol Ladies and Gentlemen, 1975