Andy Warhol’s Unseen Polaroids

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Everyone who was anyone posed for one of Andy Warhol’s famous Polaroid series. It wasn’t just the hope of your little photo being immortalized as a kitschy, polychromatic silkscreen. To mug momentarily in front of Andy’s Big Shot camera meant you were a big shot, crowned by Andy’s fixation with “high society.” Then again… were you, really? This little Unidentified Girl (Blue T-shirt With Teddy Bear) is none other than Jade, rock royalty heir of Mick and Bianca Jagger circa 1979. Her portrait joins a group of forty previously unseen snaps, spotted by Designboom, currently on view in a new exhibition at UC Berkeley Art Museum through May 20th. The Andy Warhol: Polaroids / MATRIX 240 series is a mishmash of celebrities du jour. Meet foreign princesses, trendy singers, famous jocks and other fancy folk in various degree of recognizably, depending on your age group. Take a gander at the Warhol stash. Have you seen these people… before?

Photo credit: Andy Warhol, Unidentified Girl (Blue T-shirt With Teddy Bear), 9:1979 polacolor type 108; 4-1:4 x 3-3:8 © The Andy Warhol Center for the Visual Arts, Courtesy of UC Berkeley Art Museum

Photo credit: Andy Warhol, Caroline, Princess of Monaco, 1983 polacolor er; 4-1:4 x 3-3:8 in. © The Andy Warhol Center for the Visual Arts, Courtesy of UC Berkeley Art Museum

Photo credit: Andy Warhol, Pia Zadora, 1983; polacolor er; 4-1:4 x 3-3:8 in © The Andy Warhol Center for the Visual Arts, Courtesy of UC Berkeley Art Museum

Photo credit: Andy Warhol, Dog, 1976; polacolor type 108; 4-1:4 x 3-3:8 in © The Andy Warhol Center for the Visual Arts, Courtesy of UC Berkeley Art Museum

Photo credit: Andy Warhol, Daryl Lillie, 11:1978; polacolor 2; 4-14 x 3-3:8 in © The Andy Warhol Center for the Visual Arts, Courtesy of UC Berkeley Art Museum

Photo credit: Andy Warhol, Billy Squier, 1982; polacolor 2; 4-1:4 x 3-3:8 in © The Andy Warhol Center for the Visual Arts, Courtesy of UC Berkeley Art Museum

Photo credit: Andy Warhol, Heather Watts, after June 1986; polacolor er; 4-1:4 x 3-3:8 in © The Andy Warhol Center for the Visual Arts, Courtesy of UC Berkeley Art Museum

Photo credit: Andy Warhol, R.C. Gorman, 1979; polacolor type 108 4-1:4 x 3-3:8 in. © The Andy Warhol Center for the Visual Arts, Courtesy of UC Berkeley Art Museum

Photo credit: Andy Warhol, Tom Seaver, 1977; polacolor type 108; 4-14 x 3-3:8 in © The Andy Warhol Center for the Visual Arts, Courtesy of UC Berkeley Art Museum

Photo credit: Andy Warhol, Committee 2000 Champagne Glasses, 1982; polacolor 2; 4-1:4 x 3-3:8 in © The Andy Warhol Center for the Visual Arts, Courtesy of UC Berkeley Art Museum