Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), Nude Model (Male), Polacolor Type 108, 4 ¼ x 3 3/8 in. Gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, 2008.40.59 © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
It might be easy to read Warhol’s Polaroids of street hustlers and call boys in terms of the artist’s own sexual predilections, if we take the double-meaning of “close” in close-up to act as the surface of a closet that is either closed or open. But these close-ups also put us into close contacts between bodies, both within the frame and without. Titillated and tugged into the space of an intimate encounter, the physical proximity of the close-up implicates our gaze in the acts on display. The close-up also double exposes in making the situation of our looking part of the action.