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Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was one of the most influential artists of the late twentieth century. Indeed, Mapplethorpe had idolised him while he was studying at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in the late 1960s. However, by 1973 when they showed together at the Gotham Book Mart in New York, they were distrustful of each other. This portrait shows Warhol wearing a black leather jacket and scarf that merges with the background, creating a triangular void between his head and hands. His hands are held in a slightly unnatural, awkward position to the front, almost as though handcuffed. His silver wig is ruffled and messy but his blank expression gives nothing away.