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Shaindy Fenton

Accession Number
2008/2.17

Title
Shaindy Fenton

Artist(s)
Andy Warhol

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1977

Medium & Support
Polaroid

Dimensions
4 1/4 in x 3 3/8 in (10.8 cm x 8.6 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Subject matter
This image is a portrait of Joyce Balick “Shaindy” Fenton, an art dealer and owner of Fenton Fine Arts in Fort Worth, Texas. Shaindy passed away in 1994, but the gallery is still in operation. She is seen here wearing a black dress and red lipstick, her head turned towards the camera and she looks confidently into its lens. Warhol made three screen prints of Shaindy based on polaroids of her created during two separate photo shoots. 

The Warhol Foundation, celebrating Andy Warhol’s lifelong engagement and experimentation with photography, donated this collection of Polaroid photographs. The majority of Warhol’s Polaroid images were taken using Polaroid Big Shot or SX-70 Polaroid cameras from 1970-1987, although his work in this medium began as early as 1958. Throughout his career, he photographed artists, celebrities, sports heroes, and friends using his Polaroid cameras. Over half his sitters were not well-known or remain unidentified. Warhol often photographed his subjects multiple times from a variety of angles. The resulting portraits often repeat poses and frequently portray subjects wearing similar thickly applied white makeup, eyeliner, and red lipstick, which were visual techniques used to flatten the subjects' features, as Warhol often used the Polaroid photographs as the basis for portraits made in the mediums of silkscreen and paint.

Physical Description
A bust-length portrait of a woman. She is wearing a black dress and red lipstick, and has curly dark hair. She stands with her body turned to the side while she looks toward the camera’s lens.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
If you are interested in using an image for a publication, please visit http://umma.umich.edu/request-image for more information and to fill out the online Image Rights and Reproductions Request Form. Keywords
Pop (fine arts styles)
art dealers
cosmetics
dye diffusion transfer prints
hairstyles
instant cameras
lighting techniques
single-sitter portraits
women (female humans)

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