Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), Nude Model (Male), 1977. Polacolor Type 108, 4 ¼ x 3 3/8 in. Gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, 2008.40.58 © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
The vulnerable material emulsion of the Polaroid is exposed in the unevenness of the trailing edge at the upper right corner. This trace of the susceptibility of the Polaroid calls our attention to the signs of the body’s own vulnerable materiality. The details of the close-up on the blood red eyelid and the folds and flush of the skin grip our attention. In this action of being plied into the scene by its tight range, the exposures of the image are both as unpredictable and spreading as the heat of a flush or blush across the contacts between the bodies implied in the image and our own.