Struggling with lymphatic cancer, the artist invited a small audience to extend their hands over his body as he lay curled up on the floor. The life-size image, taken from above in the manner of an X-ray, is both effective and moving.
Most of the standard-sized images in the exhibition are priced at €10,000 each, while the large ones, at 2.4m high (7ft 10in), are €120,000.
Unlike Ulay, Warhol didn’t live to see his Polaroids reach such significant values, though, being Warhol, he probably had a shrewd idea they would.
Andy Warhol Polaroid Pictures at BASTIAN, London, 2 February – 13 April 2019, galeriebastian.com
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