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Andy Warhol

Ladies and Gentlemen

  • Year1975
  • MaterialAcrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
  • Dimensions81.8 x 65.8 cm
  • Year of acquisition2002
  • Inventory numberUAB 529
  • On viewGround floor 0.3

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

Albert Oehlen Ohne Titel (P 14/12), 2012
Albert Oehlen Rodchenko II, 1982UAB 1064
Albert Oehlen Rodschenko II, 1982
Andy Warhol Forty Two Dollar Bills (Fronts and Backs), 1962UAB 503
Andy Warhol Forty Two Dollar Bills (Fronts and Backs), 1962
Rosemarie Trockel Ohne Titel, 1983UAB 411
Rosemarie Trockel Ohne Titel, 1983
Cy TwomblyUntitled (
Cy Twombly Untitled ("In Memory of Babur") (Lexington), 2000
Cy Twombly Lepanto XII, 2001UAB 480
Cy Twombly Lepanto XII, 2001