Boston, MA- One of the oldest fine art photography galleries in the U.S, The Panopticon Gallery, this month is hosting an exhibit, curated by Jim Fitts, entitled “Instant Connections”. Original Polaroids by William Wegman (the dogs dressed as people), Elsa Dorfman and John Reuter (masters of the 20×24 Polaroid Land Cameras), and yes, Andy Warhol, are all on display. These masterworks are on display, and for sale. The Warhols, taken with the Polaroid Big Shot, are selling for $10,000 each. The portraits are of Joan Collins, Maria Shriver, Pia Zadora (huh?), and Gale Smith. They were taken from 1977 through 1986.
I didn’t manage to get a shot of my favorite, a 20×24 taken of a vintage Barbie Doll, by the great David Levinthal. The colors absolutely pop. And a sense of irony, given the popularity of the Barbie Polaroid 600 camera. Remember that one?
My other favorite was taken by Marie Cosindas, former Polaroid Corporation consultant and a great Polaroid large format photographer in her own right. It is of Warhol himself, with two Factory Girls, made in The Factory in 1966. Given the subject matter and location, and the perfect exposure and composition, maybe one of the best “bargains” on the show, at $3000-
In Boston, or visiting? This exhibit, on through May 2nd, is truly a must see for all Polaroid admirers. Truly awe-inspiring.