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Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
Warhol was born in Pittsburgh. He is a founder and major figure of the POP ART movement. Warhol pioneered the development of the process whereby an enlarged photographic image is transferred to a silk screen that is then placed on a canvas and inked from the back. It was this technique that enabled him to produce the series of mass-media images - repetitive, yet with slight variations. These, incorporating such items as Campbell's Soup cans, dollar bills, Coca-Cola bottles, and the faces of celebrities, comment on the banality, harshness, and ambiguity of American culture. Andy traveled around the country with The Velvet Underground (Lou Reed and John Cale). In 1968, Valerie Solanis, a rejected superstar, came into The Factory and shot Andy three times, he was pronounced dead, but after having his chest cut open, he survived.
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Elvis 1963  synthetic polymer paint screenprinted onto canvas
208.0 (h) x 91.0 (w) cm  not signed, not dated

Elvis is one of a series of screenprinted paintings which Warhol made of the popular American singer Elvis Presley (1935-77). In 1962 Warhol produced a number of works repeating copies of the head of Elvis Presley.

In 1963 Warhol established a studio in an abandoned fire station in East 87th Street and hired Gerald Malanga, a young poet, to assist him with his screenprinting. It was there that he began work on a head of film star Elizabeth Taylor and a full-length portrait of Elvis Presley. The image of Elvis was taken from a publicity still for the film Flaming Star 1960 (Twentieth Century Fox).

The image was screenprinted twenty-eight times in black paint onto a roll of silver-painted canvas in various combinations singly, superimposed doubly and triply, and in pairs.
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