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Published on May 22, 2008
Created during the MacKenzie Art Gallery's Warhol: Larger than Life exhibition programming.
Andy Warhol's original Screen Tests were originally filmed from early 1964 - November 1966 (GM25). Factory visitors who had potential "star" quality would be seated in front of a tripod mounted camera, asked to be as still as possible, and told not to blink while the camera was running. These film portraits were some of the earliest examples of Warhol's Screen Test series. It is interesting to note that they were filmed in Edey's apartment prior to Warhol's move to the silver Factory where most, but not all, of the other Screen Tests were made. More than 500 Screen Tests were made. In addition to The 13 Most Beautiful Boys, some of the footage was incorporated into other compilation reels such as The 13 Most Beautiful Women (1964) and 50 Fantastics and 50 Personalities (1964). Malanga also used some reels in his multimedia poetry readings called Screen Test Poems in 1965. In 1966 Andy and Gerard also prepared a book together of Screen Test stills from 54 subjects (17 women and 37 men) and Gerard's poetry called Screen Tests/A Diary (NY: Kulchur Press, 1967).
Filming and editing of the MacKenzie Art Gallery's homage to Warhol's screen tests were done by Lowell Dean. Please note: these are not real screen tests by Andy Warhol. Only recreations.