Elvis Presley set new a record as Christie’s put up Andy Warhol’s Triple Elvis painting under the hammer on 12 November 2014 in New York. Christie’s sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art fetched a total of $852.8 million which itself set a record of the highest-ever total for an auction. Leading the sale was Warhol’s Triple Elvis which sold for $81.9 million. Standing with his trademark proud stance, Andy Warhol’s rare triple portrait of Elvis Presley dominates the shimmering canvas just as the singer dominated the cultural landscape of the 1950s and 1960s.
Fascinated by popular culture, fame and celebrity, Elvis was the ultimate subject for the artist. At nearly seven feet tall, the image of Elvis Presley looms large in form of three figures. Displaying a confident posture, Elvis is staring directly out of the canvas with his famous “baby blue” eyes. Using a single screen, Warhol has repeated the image three times, each time producing an image of Elvis that is notable for its exceptional clarity and depth. The auction house also states that the quality of these renditions can be seen in the remarkable details that each contains; from the penetrating precision of Elvis’s eyes to the individual folds of his shirt, right down to the texture of his trousers, the exceptional detail of this particular example marks it as one of the pre-eminent examples from this important series of paintings. As well as the clarity of these images, Triple Elvis is also distinguished by the arrangement of the figures within the scope of the canvas.
It is also learnt that the use of repetition was an important strategy for Warhol. In Triple Elvis, the overlapping images are reminiscent of a film strip, individual frames containing a single image but when viewed together producing a sense of dynamism and movement. The star’s powerful physical presence in Triple Elvis acts as a poignant reminder of the enduring power of the personality.
Also Andy Warhol’s rendition of Marlon Brando in form of Four Marlons artwork fetched $69.6 million at the auction. Bidders from over the world competed for an exceptional array of Abstract Expressionist, Pop and Contemporary works from some of the century’s most inspiring and influential artists, including the likes of Roy Lichtenstein, Willem de Kooning, Martin Kippenberger, Cy Twombly and Jeff Koons.
Yesterday (Nov. 12) Diplo decided not enough people were paying attention to him, so he tweeted:
Which could maybe be classified as a mean-for-no-real-reason joke against Taylor Swift, but this is the Internet, so of course it was taken much further. One fan tweeted, “I started a petition on http://whitehouse.gov to include it on the federal budget,” which Diplo retweeted. Diplo also shared a link to a crowdfunding site for the cause.
I’d like to pause here and wonder how Diplo thought this little Twitter spree was going to end. He then decided to start insulting Swift’s fans, which has never once gone well for anyone.
It’s relevant to mention right now that Katy Perry‘s been dating Diplo on and off for most of 2014, and Perry and Swift have well-reported issues (a.k.a “Bad Blood”) with one another. While Swift herself hasn’t responded at all among the mounting tweets and retweets on 36-year-old Diplo’s account (probably too busy celebrating her second week at No. 1), Swift BFF Lorde, 18, took matters into her own hands.
Woody Harrelson hosts Saturday Night Live with musical guest Kendrick Lamar. Catch the episode Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 11:30/10:30c.
Lil Wayne returns with the release of his brand new single called Off Day featuring Flow produced by X Fyle. Lil Wayne new album Tha Carter V Pt 1 is set to drop on December 9th.
Rick Ross links up with Yo Gotti for his latst video drop for Trap Luv directed by DRE Films. Rick Ross upcoming album Hood Billionaire will be in stores on November 24th.
Major Lazer and Ariana Grande link up for an unexpected collaboration track called All My Love produced by Diplo. This track will be featured on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack.