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This porcelain multiple, produced in 2007 by porcelain manufacturer Rosenthal Studio-Line, features a seminal piece from the artist's iconic series about the singer: a double image of a gun-slinging Elvis.
"Elvis is the greatest cultural force in the twentieth century. He introduced the beat to everything, music, language, clothes, it's a whole new social revolution… the '60s comes from it" — Leonard Bernstein
In the early 1960s, Andy Warhol got interested in celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Jacqueline Kennedy, Marlon Brando, and Elizabeth Taylor as subjects for his silkscreen paintings. He created the painting from which this edition was made in 1963 – at a point when the famous singer’s career was about to decline. Nevertheless, Warhol’s double image of a Platinum Elvis shows the singer, who is famous for his hip-shaking pose, dressed to kill as a cowboy with pistols raised and ready to shoot, as strong as he appeared on the climax of his career throughout the 1950s. The spray-painted silver platinum background adds to this glamorous appearance, making this image one of Warhol’s most iconic ones.