Size: 33 x 36.5 inches
Artist: Andy Warhol (after)
This poster was created for the 2008 exhibition, "Cult of the Artist: Celebrities. Andy Warhol and the Stars" at Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart in Berlin. The press release explains how Warhol "immortalized stars through his art. To produce his famous portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley or Mao, the artist often turned to existing photographic material from the press and the world of advertising and consolidated these pictures he had come across into works of enormous iconic presence. [...] Through his popular images of the stars, the artist himself has long since become an adored star."
Featured is the 1963 silkscreen Double Elvis (based on stills from the 1960 movie Flaming Star.) According to MoMa, he was apparently too busy to frame the works for his exhibition at the Ferus Gallery in LA, so he sent a roll of canvas silkscreened with repeating images of Elvis, stretcher bars of various sizes, and directions to cut the canvas into segments however the gallery saw fit. Warhol's Elvis canvases were his first to feature multiple, overlapping figures, a formal device that almost makes it seem as if the singer-actor's likeness is moving or flickering against the silver-screen background.
This poster is unlined and in great condition.