Jean Cocteau

The Andy Warhol Museum

For such a bold innovator in ballet, film, theater, and creative writing, Jean Cocteau was a surprisingly tame draftsman. Apart from a couple of early flirtations with Cubism, an amazingly grotesque c. 1920 caricature of his friend Proust, and the bizarre Self-Portrait, Multiplied Under the Effect of Opium, c. 1925–27, Cocteau's modest drawings are mostly reserved, linear, and rather academic-imagine Ingres without the fanatical lucidity or Neoclassical Picasso without the bite. This exhibition documented almost sixty years’ worth of Cocteau's work on paper, supplemented by photographs and posters from his films and plays as well as portraits of him by other artists.

By presenting this show at the Andy Warhol Museum, the curators naturally drew attention td the similarities between Cocteau and the Pop icon. As the thematic organization of the-exhibition hints, most of Cocteau’s concerns—drugs,

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