Leading a revolution of artistic discovery in the early sixties, Warhol was ahead of the times when it came to the commerciality of celebrity.
He notably predicted the selfie culture and social media society we live in today with his coined phrase “everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes”.
If Warhol were around today there is no doubt he would be a shining star of social media, and would certainly own a selfie stick or two.
£7 Million Selfie
Warhol’s first self-portrait, taken in 1963, is set to be auctioned at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening in London on 28th June.
The piece has remained part of a private collection since the 1980’s and will now go under the hammer expecting to fetch in excess of £7 million.
Andy Warhol’s image, his style and attitude, played a huge part in his fame. Attracting the crowds of rich and famous personalities that were forever in his orbit.
Surrounded by drag queens, actors, muses and models, Warhol was never short of a face to paint and often his work depicted the mood of society or his own feelings towards the cultures of the time.
His most famous images are portraits of celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and Elizabeth Taylor.
But when it came to his own portrait it is said that he struggled with the idea of his mortality and that of others around him and wished to convey his thoughts and feelings through his work.
With Monroe’s portrait, for example, it is understood that the fade from vivid colour to almost nothing was depicting society forgetting her but never her everlasting image.
Andy Warhol’s own prophetic worry about mortality came true when an activist made an attempt on his life.
We Are All Equal
The fact that this £7 million image of Andy Warhol was taken in a “dime store” photo booth has been said to reflect the artists feeling that the human race is equal.
No matter what, certain things will happen to us all.
Be it the big things in life such as birth and death and the smaller things such as having to get your photo taken in a photo booth. This levelling act that almost everyone must take sums up Warhol’s aesthetic in a simple strip of small images.
A great democratiser who believed that we are all the same, Warhol stripped back the glamour of celebrity to reveal it for nothing more than commodity.
Even still Warhol couldn’t get enough of the celebrity lifestyle and his followers, clients and customers loved his approach to creating art.
Like with everything Warhol did, the £7 million selfie is an icon of today’s society. The fact that it was taken nearly 50 years prior to Instagram being launched simply highlights the accuracy of Warhol’s earliest insights.
The Warhol Floor at Arthouse
Come and snap a few selfies of your own in one of the stunning Warhol-themed hotel rooms at Arthouse Hotel.
Pucker up in Lips a bright and colourful dedication to one of Warhol’s simplest yet most powerful pieces of art.
Or if you fancy your “15 minutes of Fame” get them in the room themed around Warhol’s own world-renowned phrase.
This fabulous Liverpool hotel floor has been decorated to reflect the wonderfully artistic character and quirky style of Andy Warhol.
Furnished to the high standards expected of a modern hotel room, with some unexpected surprises too.