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Cultural icon and father of Pop Art, Andy Warhol is one of the most famous artists of the 20th century, both for his prints and celebrity status. Known as much for his life as his art, his name is synonymous with the celebrity culture and mass consumerism which came to define the American Dream.
Taken from his Death and Disaster series, the top price realised for Warhol at auction was achieved in 2013 for Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) at Sotheby’s in 2013. An undeniably powerful work, this monumental painting bears witness to the circumstances of disaster and reflects on the long tradition of history painting in art from Géricault’s The Raft of the Medusa to Picasso’s Guernica.
Here Warhol transforms a tragic scene, repeating it over and over again until it resembles frames from a film or animation, its black and white surface turned silvery for posterity. The work was made in 1963, a seminal – and somewhat melancholic – year for Warhol in which he also produced Suicides, Race Riots and Silver Electric Chair.
Triple Elvis [Ferus Type] © Andy Warhol 1963
Having turned Marilyn Monroe’s iconic features into innumerable silkscreen prints it was only natural that Warhol should take Elvis as his subject in this 1963 painting. Repeating the figure of the King in his dynamic cowboy stance as he draws his gun, Triple Elvis (Ferus Type) takes on a cinematic quality that elevates the star’s image from pop icon to demigod. At the same time, the background colour recalls the silver screen of Hollywood as well as the baroque ornaments of the Catholic church Warhol grew up in, surrounded by painted icons to be venerated and reproduced for the masses.
Sixty Last Suppers © Andy Warhol 1986
Painted in the last year of Warhol’s life, Sixty Last Suppers is testament to the artist’s enduring love for the old masters. That year Warhol also produced The Last Supper (Pink) and The Camouflage Last Supper which along with the current work were based on reproductions of a 19th century copy of the original painting by Leonardo da Vinci.
By applying his silkscreen technique to a 16th century masterpiece and reproducing it into a monumental grid of repeated images, Warhol was seen to be entering into a dialogue with the Western art historical canon that came before him. In addition, referencing his own roots in the catholic church and perhaps questioning the value of a single image over many.
Four Marlons © Andy Warhol 1966