The King stands proudly, feet apart, pistol cocked, those baby blues looking straight at the viewer, his infamous hips seem to move back and forth. Taking a publicity still from the Western flaming star, Warhol created larger than life Elvis’s on a massive silver canvas. The singer plays a cowboy, the ideal of American masculinity mythologized by the movies. The slicked hair, made up face, and the perfectly tailored costume remind us that this is a performance, an illusion. Warhol has captured Elvis on his own silver screen in an act of both parody and homage. In America where the Movie is the new religion and superstars reign, Warhol’s Elvis is glistening and god-like.
Source: Christie’s Article