Andy Warhol, Stephen Mazoh, ca.1974
Stephen Mazoh, ca. 1974
Original Positive Acetate Photograph
15 3/4 × 15 in
This work is an original photographic, positive acetate that came directly from Andy Warhol's studio, The Factory. This work was used for Andy Warhol's portrait painting of the art dealer Stephen Mazoh. The painting is part of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art's permanent collection.
For your reference only, here is a link to the record for that painting:
As Bob Colacello, former Editor in Chief of Interview magazine (and right hand man to Andy Warhol), explained, "many hands were involved in the rather mechanical silkscreening process...but only Andy in all the years I knew him, worked on the acetates." An acetate is a photographic negative transferred to a transparency, allowing an image to be magnified and projected onto a screen. As only Andy worked on the acetates, it was the last original step prior to the screenprinting of an image, and the most important element in Warhol's creative process for silkscreening. Warhol realized the value of his unique original acetates like this one, and is known to have traded the acetates for valuable services, allowing the printing companies to make additional silkscreens of his work.
This acetate was unevenly cut by Warhol himself.