Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids provided insight into the artist who sought to capture the world with his camera. The exhibition included about 250 Polaroids and 70 silver gelatin black-and-white prints taken by Warhol from 1970 to 1987, many of them on public view for the first time.
Big Shots revealed an important dimension of Warhol’s process in creating his famous large-scale portraits. Although his Polaroids served as aids for painting portraits, in and of themselves they are significant works and represent a relatively unknown body of Warhol’s work. At the Nasher Museum, the exhibition included his portraits of Patsy, Andrea, Joan and Nancy Nasher, accompanied by the original Polaroid studies. A selection of Warhol films from the 1960s was also part of the exhibition, to help provide greater context for the photographic work.