Warhol: Bardot

Warhol: Bardot
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Glenn O'Brien and Olivier Zahm.

London. Gagosian Gallery. 2011. Hardback, with tipped-in image to front board. 45 pages. Fully illustrated. 320 x 320mm (12½ x 12½"). 0.1kg. 9781935263524. English. Fine; as new (in shrink-wrap).

Catalogue for an exhibition held at the Gagosian Gallery in London showing Andy Warhol's portraits of Brigitte Bardot. 'Warhol first met Bardot at the Cannes Film Festival in 1967 when she actively supported his attempt to show Chelsea Girls there after the original planned screening had been cancelled. In 1973, at the height of her fame, she announced her retirement from making films. That same year Warhol received the commission to make her portrait. At the time that he was shifting his focus from filmmaking back to painting and perhaps viewed her coincidental screen exit as the perfect opportunity to commemorate and idolize her in art. At the time of the commission, Bardot was as beautiful and famous as ever, her smoldering gaze, flowing blonde hair, and inimitable pout epitomizing the free-spirited energy and sexual allure that defined a new era. In these portraits of her, based on an iconic magazine photograph taken by Richard Avedon in 1959, Warhol applied similar formal techniques to those he used in the 1964 and 1965 portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor - a cropped frontal viewpoint and contrasting palette (blue/red, pink/purple, green/black) with vivid primary accents on eyes and lips. In each of the paintings, Bardot's carnal beauty fills the square canvas in the manner of a record cover, her voluptuous, leonine features framed by abundant, tousled hair.' (from the gallery's exhibition description). The catalogue has many illustrations and contains essays by Warhol collaborator and writer Glenn O’Brien and Purple Magazine editor Olivier Zahm. Finely produced and designed by Graphic Thought Facility the catalogue is both art reference and a visual feast. The catalogue was issued with three different covers. This copy has the green cover.