Lot 108
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BRIGID BERLIN 'Blue TV'

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50,000 - 70,000 USD
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Description

  • Brigid Berlin
  • 'Blue TV'
  • 66 Polaroid Polacolor prints
  • The Polaroids 3 1/2  by 4 1/2  in. (8.9 by 11.4 cm.)

    The album 11 by 6 1/4  by 1 1/2  in. (28 by 15.9 by 3.8 cm.)
a unique album comprised of 66 Polaroid Polacolor prints in mylar sleeves, 1969. Royal Octavo, decorative gilt leatherette with post binding, titled, dated, and inscribed 'For David Croland, Love Brigid Polk, 2/10/78' in ink on the pastedown

Provenance

Gift of the artist, 1978

Catalogue Note

The daughter of socialite parents, Brigid Berlin grew up in a world of Manhattan privilege. She moved to the Chelsea Hotel in the early 1960s and met Andy Warhol when she went to the Factory for the first time in 1964. They became close friends and Berlin appeared in several of Warhol's films, including 'Chelsea Girls' (1966) and 'Ciao! Manhattan' (1972).  Both artists shared an interest in videotape recording, the camera, and documentation; throughout the nineteen-sixties and seventies, both artists took compulsive snapshots of those who moved within their social circle.  These distinctly un-posed, dynamic photographs are some of the most interesting documents of the Warhol and downtown scenes.

This album of psychedelic, blue-hued Polaroid 360 prints is comprised of televised images and portraits (including some of Warhol), and shows not only Berlin’s obsession with documenting every day occurrences but also the fascination with television culture by the artists in Warhol’s circle. 

Berlin gave the album to her friend, model David Croland, and inscribed it ‘Love Brigid Polk’; she was given this nickname because of the 'pokes' - injections of Vitamin B and amphetamines - she liked to give herself and others.  

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