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Self-Portrait with Reddish Blonde Wig
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2015

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Self-Portrait with Reddish Blonde Wig 1981

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
Role playing was a central aspect of many of Warhol’s self-portraits. In 1981 the artist was videoed and photographed wearing various wigs and makeup. The video was produced for ‘Andy Warhol’s TV on Saturday Night Live’. Christopher Makos, a member of Warhol’s close circle of friends, described the process as a “Dadaist experiment…The point was not drag itself but the altered image. It had nothing to do with transsexuality. As you can see: no stuffed bras, no artificial fingernails. Only the face is altered”.

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A radical artistic and literary movement that was a reaction against the cultural climate that supported the First World War. The Dadaists took an anti-establishment attitude, questioning art's status and favouring performance and collage over traditional art techniques. Many Dadaists went on to become involved with Surrealism.



  • Acc. No. AR00309
  • Medium Photograph, colour, Polaroid, on paper
  • Size 9.50 x 7.30 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