Andy Warhol's Silver Elvises: Meaning through Context at the Fetus Gallery in 1963

McCarthy, David
June 2006
Art Bulletin;Jun2006, Vol. 88 Issue 2, p354
Academic Journal
The article examines the message being conveyed by the exhibition of artist Andy Warhol at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles, California in 1963, which featured silver paintings of singer Elvis Presley. Appropriating an advertisement for the film "Flaming Star" for his series of silver Elvises, Warhol drew attention to cinematic convention, while also positioning his work in relation to contemporary vanguard art. The silver Elvises were linked to the rebelliousness of rock and roll and were identified as homoerotic.


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