Ladies and Gentlemen by Andy Warhol
(b. 1928-87 Pittsburgh, PA)
Ladies and Gentlemen (FS II.128),1975
- Silkscreen on Arches Paper
- 43 ½ ” x 28 ½ ”
- Edition 61/125
The Ladies and Gentlemen series is comprised of portraits of cross-dressers from a New York City nightclub called, The Gilded Grape, frequented by Black and Hispanic transvestites. Warhol took the cross-dressers’ portrait with a Polaroid Big Shot camera and then transferred the image onto silkscreen. This was the same process he used on celebrities and other famous figures. Warhol told the cross-dressers to dress and pose however they wished. None of the subjects are famous but Warhol brings out the style and glamour in each portrait. The idea for the the Ladies and Gentlemen series, consisting of images of drag queens, came from a protegeé of art dealer Alexander Iolas named Anselmino, who had previously commissioned Warhol.