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If Andy Warhol had left a will:

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Published on2022/09/17
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In 2077 AD, 55 years from now, will the works of art we see today still hold their attractiveness? Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Picasso and Duchamp will still have the same current reputation in 2077. However, Andy Warhol may not. I believe that for his work to continue to be 'pop art' in 2077, he should have left a will to the foundation that it would continue to make portraits of celebrities after his death. He invented a painting creation system that allowed him to create portraits of famous people of the time forever, which would lose its luster if it did not constantly reflect the times. When we look at his portrait series now, most of the people in them are already dead, giving the impression of nostalgia for the 60s and 70s. I wonder if that was really Warhol's intention: he could have left behind a system in which 'being Warhol's portrait of the year' would have become celebrity status, just as being on the cover of TIME magazine is a symbol of the times. Here I consider the parallel world of 2077, where 'if Warhol had left a system of celebrity portraits as his last will and testament'. The celebrities featured are, from right to left, 'the first Asian female US President', 'Billy Irish at 75' and 'Donald Trump, who is cyborg and continues to live on'. These are simulations made with image generation AI, but they are outstandingly easy to generate in the artist's style, showing that his style can be easily reproduced by the system.


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