Pop Art and Film

by Peter Gidal
© Peter Gidal

Between 1964 and 1966, Andy Warhol made 472 silent film portraits of 189 men and women associated with the New York art scene. The films, known as Screen Tests, developed portraiture by embracing time, movement and change as elements in the depiction of people. A selection of ten Screen Tests are shown in the exhibition.

In 1969, the London-based filmmaker Peter Gidal responded to Warhol’s Screen Tests. His film Heads features thirty-one sitters linked with the art world and were also concerned with the passage of time, an experience intensified by the use of extreme close-up.