Andy Warhol: An early trend setter for the “selfie”

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'Self-portrait (Grimace)' by artist Andy Warhol is displayed at Sotheby's during a preview of The Polaroid Collection, in New York. (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images) | EMMANUEL DUNAND via Getty Images

‘Self-portrait (Grimace)’ by artist Andy Warhol is displayed at Sotheby’s during a preview of The Polaroid Collection, in New York. (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images) | EMMANUEL DUNAND via Getty Images

According to Wikipedia, “A selfie is a type of self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone. Selfies are often associated with social networking. They are often casual, are typically taken either with a camera held at arm’s length or in a mirror, and typically include either only the photographer or the photographer and as many people as can be in focus.”

Andy Warhol was way ahead of his time with the selfie social trend.  He took a number of polaroid selfies in his life.  You can see a wonderful collection of these that are currently on exhibit at the The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.  The iconic pop artist’s work is showcased in a large new exhibit titled “Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality.” and it includes paintings, drawings and yes, self-portraits — taken with the ‘Instagram’ of the 1970s, Polaroid.

It’s a first for The Dali, which is an entire museum devoted to the surrealist master’s work and is the first large-scale special exhibit for the museum since moving to the St. Petersburg waterfront in 2011.  “This is totally appropriate to the legacy of Dali” said Museum executive director Hank Hine.  Dali and Warhol had much in common, Hine said, and the exhibit contains two photos of the men goofing around in a hotel room together.  Although both artists were a generation apart, Dali born 1904 and Warhol born 1928, both captivated the public with their attention getting and controversial works of art.

Learn more about this exhibit and Warhol’s take on the selfie: Andy Warhol Exhibit Proves He’s The Original King Of Selfies, to read the full article click  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/16/andy-warhol-dali-museum_n_4609243.html

 

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