Self-Portrait with Fright Wig
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2009

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Self-Portrait with Fright Wig 1986
  • Artist Rooms
This Polaroid is one of several that Warhol took in preparation for a series of large-scale paintings commissioned by Anthony d’Offay for an exhibition at his London gallery in 1986. In the photographs, and subsequently transferred into the paintings, Warhol’s skull-like head is isolated from his body, floating against a dark background. This composition bears striking similarities to a Robert Mapplethorpe photographic portrait of Warhol from the same year. In both, Warhol wears his famous silver wig, but, in this Polaroid, the hair stands on end in an almost manic fashion. He is turned slightly to the right, with the black of his sunglasses melting into the background, creating the impression of a skull’s sunken eye-socket. This series of self-portraits was the last Warhol completed before his death in 1987.


  • Acc. No. AR00314
  • Medium Photograph, colour, Polaroid, on paper
  • Size 9.50 x 7.20 cm (framed: 36.00 x 30.50 x 3.00 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008