Ethel Scull 36 Times

Love him or hate him, Andy Warhol is one of the most important pop icons of the twentieth century, his art still gaining both in popularity and value. I’m on the side of the haters to be honest, but that doesn’t prevent me from admiring some of his works like the Screen Tests or this very screenprint of Ethel Scull – enough to borrow and use it as my blog profile.

”Ethel Scull 36 Times” was one of Warhol’s first commissioned portraits for which he escorted Ethel Scull, a patron and collector of modern art, to a Photomat in Times Square. There, under his direction, they took more than a hundred photos with Ms Scull posing with or without sunglasses, making serious or playful faces, in short having some silly fun. Warhol chose 36 of these poses and here is the end result. What attracts me most about it, is this personification of joie de vivre with a certain je ne sais quoi, emanated from every pose.

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Andy Warhol
Ethel Scull 36 Times, 1963
Acrylic and screenprint on canvas

The Whitney Museum of American Art

September 10th, 2016

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