The life-size painting, Double Elvis (Ferus Type) from 1963, epitomises Warhol’s obsessions with fame, stardom and the public image, according to Sotheby’s.
“The silver background of Double Elvis (Ferus Type), along with the subtle variations in tone give the serial imagery a sense of rhythmic variation that recalls the artist’s masterpiece, 200 One Dollar Bills completed the previous year,” Sotheby’s said in a statement.
That work soared to nearly $53 million or four times its estimate in 2009, when the art market was reeling from the financial crisis that struck in 2008. It was the highlight of the season, and achieved the highest price of any work at the fall auctions.
In the Double Elvis work, Presley is dressed as a cowboy, shooting a gun. Sotheby’s described him in the work “a Hollywood icon of the sixties rather than the rebellious singer who shook the world of music in the sixties.”
The double in the title refers to a shadowy image of Presley in the same pose that appears next to him in the work.
Strange Random Andy Warhol Quote:
I read an article on me once that described my machine-method of silk-screen copying and painting:
‘What a bold and audacious solution, what depths of the man are revealed in this solution!’
What does that mean?
- Andy Warhol’s ‘Double Elvis’ Could Sell for $50 Million at Auction (newsfeed.time.com)
- Warhol’s Double Elvis (1963) Expected to Fetch $50 Million (sadmanstongue.com)
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- Playboy Gunter Sachs’ art collection goes on sale revealing full scale of his obsession with former wife Brigitte Bardot (dailymail.co.uk)
- Warhol painting of Taylor fetches $662K in NY (pbpulse.com)
- NARS & Andy Warhol (oneprettyplace.wordpress.com)
- Teddy Forstmann’s art goes on sale in May at Sotheby’s (usatoday.com)
- Munch’s “The Scream” expected to fetch $80 million at auction [Art] (io9.com)
- Andy Warhol painting of Elizabeth Taylor sells for more than $600,000 (telegraph.co.uk)
Reuters – If Aubrey de Grey‘s predictions are right, the first person who will live to see their 150th birthday has already been born. And the first person to live for 1,000 years could be less than 20 years younger. A biomedical gerontologist and chief scientist of a foundation dedicated to longevity research, de Grey reckons that within his own lifetime doctors could have all the tools they need to “cure” ageing — banishing diseases that come with it and extending life indefinitely. “I’d say we have a 50/50 chance of bringing ageing under what I’d call a decisive level of medical control within the next 25 years or so,” de Grey said in an interview before delivering a lecture at Britain’s Royal Institution academy of science.” And what I mean by decisive is the same sort of medical control that we have over most infectious diseases today.”
De Grey sees a time when people will go to their doctors for regular “maintenance,” which by then will include gene therapies, stem cell therapies, immune stimulation and a range of other advanced medical techniques to keep them in good shape.
Strange Random Ageing Quote:
- Would you want to live for 1000 years? (idreamofeden.wordpress.com)
- Who Wants to Live Forever? Scientist Sees Aging Cured (frstephensmuts.wordpress.com)
- Scientist explores the possibility of cheating death “indefinitely” (fiercebiotech.com)
- I hope I look as good as this guy when I’m 638! (thecvillean.wordpress.com)
- Aubrey de Grey interviewed on Aging and AI at HPlus Magazine (nextbigfuture.com)
- Can the Human Lifespan Reach 1,000 Years -Some Experts Say “Yes”: Daily Galaxy (serioussamp.wordpress.com)
- The Future of Immortality (bigthink.com)
- How To Live Forever….The Documentary (trailer) (singularityhub.com)
In August 1962, Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987) began making silkscreen paintings of popular icons, including a series of images of Marilyn Monroe that he began a month after her death. He went on to experiment in portrait making with public photo booth machines, which automatically take four exposures several seconds apart and print them in a strip, like a sequence of film frames.
Combining the seriality of these silkscreen and photo booth portraits with the ephemeral quality of the filmed image, between 1964 and 1966 Warhol shot approximately 500 rolls of film: several-minute silent portraits of acquaintances, friends, and celebrities, including many of the artists musicians, poets, actors, models, playwrights, curators, collectors, critics, and gallerists who composed New York City’s avant-garde scene. Some subjects were invited to the artist’s East 47th Street studio, known as The Factory or The Silver Factory, to sit for their portraits; others were captured spontaneously.
Now it’s your turn. Switch on that webcam and make your own screen test, upload it to Flickr and become a part of the MoMA exhibition! You can find instructions for recreating the Warhol effect at the Project Home, under the Create Your Own Screen Test tab. Have fun and let us know if your video is chosen!
Strange Random Screen Test Quote:
“After my screen test, the director clapped his hands gleefully and yelled: “She can’t talk! She can’t act! She’s sensational!”” – Ava Gardner
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- Andy Warhols self-portrait to be sold in NYC (theglobeandmail.com)
- ‘What Andy Warhol Did’: An Exchange (nybooks.com)
- Dean and Britta compose the 13 Most Beautiful for Warhol’s screen tests (charlestoncitypaper.com)
- Elizabeth Taylor portrait sells for about $27 million (cnn.com)