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Life imitates art as Warhol-inspired soup goes on sale – News – Art – The Independent

September 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Andy Warhol-inspired limited-edition cans of C...Campbell’s Soup has launched a series of four canned tomato soups with labels that pay homage to Warhol’s 1962 work of art32 Campbell’s Soup Cans.”

Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Warhol’s first solo exhibition, about 1.2 million cans of the tomato soup will be sold in Target stores across the United States for 75 cents each.

The company’s design team, working with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, created four different labels in vibrant combinations such as pink and teal for the tomato soup that went on sale this month.

“This is not something that we do everyday,” said Liesl Henderson, director of communications for Campbell’s Soup, adding that the Warhol Foundation was very protective of the artist’s legacy.

“But we’ve maintained a collaborative relationship with the Warhol Foundation over the years, and there’s a fascination, it seems, with all things Warhol.”

via Life imitates art as Warhol-inspired soup goes on sale – News – Art – The Independent.

Bottom Line – Listing of the Week: An A-list Hollywood party pad

2189 Sunset Plaza Dr, Los Angeles

For sale: $6.5 million

Talk about a house that deserves an Academy Award for set design. This place has everything and more when it comes to a rockin’ Hollywood party, including a two-story disco, IMAX theater, rooftop pool, grotto with a hot tub and a view of Tinseltown.

Perched above Sunset Boulevard, this custom home has hosted celebrities galore, from P. Diddy and Hugh Grant to Russell Simmons and Val Kilmer. (Not to mention Denise Richards and TV shows like “Love is in the Heir” and “It’s Complicated.”)

It’s not too difficult to see what attracts stars to the home. Listing agent Patrick Norman of Rodeo Realty said its easy access to Sunset Plaza shops and boutiques makes this one-of-a-kind property so hot.”

And,” he adds, “It’s turnkey. Just bring your toothbrush — swimsuit optional.”

The British glamour photographer Richard Franklin has owned the Hollywood Hills home since it was built in 1990. Over the years, Franklin doubled the size, pushing the original house from 3,400 to 6,500 square feet and adding its unique features.

What puts the pulse to the place is its most unusual feature: A two-story disco with a programmable lighting and sound system. But then again, the three-table, Vegas-style gameroom isn’t too shabby, either.

Each room carries out its own theme, from an entirely gold room complete with gilded furniture to an Egyptian-themed room with hieroglyphic-covered walls and a chic, sleek white room.

via Bottom Line – Listing of the Week: An A-list Hollywood party pad.

Strange Random Hollywood Quote:

“I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.” – Andy Warhol (American Artist. Initiator of Pop Art, 1928-1987)

Warhol could fetch $85 million at auction | WORLD News

An iconic portrait of Elvis Presley by pop artist Andy Warhol is poised to fetch as much as $70 million (NZD$85) million when it hits the auction block in May, Sotheby’s said today.

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.

Estimated to sell for $40 million to $70 million, it will be included in the auction house‘s May 9 sale of post-war and contemporary art.

“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.

via Warhol could fetch $85 million at auction | WORLD News.

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?

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Who wants to live forever? Scientist sees ageing cured | Reuters

July 6, 2011 1 comment
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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.

via Who wants to live forever? Scientist sees ageing cured | Reuters.

Strange Random Ageing Quote:

“Since people are going to be living longer and getting older, they’ll just have to learn how to be babies longer.” – Andy Warhol (American Artist. Initiator of Pop Art, 1928-1987)

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Make your own Andy Warhol “Screen Test” for the MoMA

May 29, 2011 3 comments

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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