Dame Elizabeth Taylor
1 of 8 portraits by Andy Warhol
© 2018 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London
Dame Elizabeth Taylor
by Andy Warhol
offset lithograph, 1967
22 in. x 22 in. (559 mm x 559 mm)
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- Gibson, Robin; Clerk, Honor, 20th Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery Collection, 1993, p. 31 Read entry
Though born in London, Liz Taylor's parents were American and the family was evacuated to Beverly Hills in 1942. It was there that her fortunes lay and a succession of films as a child star reached its climax with National Velvet (1944), where her portrayal of Velvet Brown's obsession gave a hint of the best performances of her adult career. Embittered, frustrated or angry characters have brought out her most powerful acting in roles such as Maggie Pollitt in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) and Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?> (1966).
Andy Warhol was probably the most widely known exponent of American Pop Art and in his multiple images of Campbell's Soup cans and Coca Cola bottles created an art form whose impious creed exalted commercial production at the expense of the individual artist's craftsmanship. Like his better known portraits of Marilyn Monroe, the lithograph of Liz Taylor derives from a photograph and is similar in style to the portraits of Her Majesty The Queen and Mick Jagger, also on view in the Late 20th Century Galleries.
Events of 1967back to top
Current affairsHarold Wilson decides to devalue the pound by nearly 15% in order to ' break out from the straitjacket' of boom and bust economics. The decision was controversial and prompted Wilson to reassure the public that the 'pound in your pocket' would not be worth any less.
Art and scienceThe Beatles release Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, with a record sleeve designed by pop artist, Peter Blake. The band's musical experimentation and colourful new look was an example of psychedelic, and the LP is often regarded as one of the first concept albums.
InternationalChe Guevara is captured and executed in Bolivia. The guerrilla leader and revolutionary icon was hunted down by the CIA and captured and shot by Bolivian Special Forces. He had been leading Bolivian insurgents in an attempt to overthrow the government.
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