SAMMY DAVIS, JR. 2010 fine art print / edition of 30 / $185.00

"My talent was the weapon, the power, the way for me to fight. It was the one way I might hope to affect a man's thinking," said Sammy Davis Jr. He relentlessly pumped that astonishing talent, both barrels, from his stage debut at age 3 with the Will Maston Trio to his death in 1990, when the lights of Vegas dimmed in his honor (and the IRS realized they'd been suckered to the tune of 5 million clams).

On December 8 of this year, Sammy would've turned 85. While time has enhanced the iconic allure of Rat Pack brethren Frank and Dino, Davis is typically—and unfairly—typecast as some Ghost of Showbiz Past, a buffoon serving up kitsch like "The Candy Man" and the Baretta TV theme in Dashiki and love beads. Drew Friedman's sleek portrait captures the Wham of an earlier Sam, in his swingin' mid-'60s Copa prime; the Sammy of Yes, I Can and Golden Boy, a self-described "short, ugly, one-eyed, black Jew" who dazzled audiences—high rollers and middle Americans alike—with outsized charisma and a volcanic urge to please. But even the "groovy, man" cheese merchant of later years deserves a fresh assessment, through whichever cultural lens—straight 'n' serious or "sock it to me" snide—suits your affectations.

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Only thirty (30) prints of SAMMY DAVIS, JR. by Drew Friedman were produced for this edition. Each print is signed in the lower right, hand-titled in the center, and numbered in the lower left (all beneath the image). We have sold numbers 1/30 thru 15/30, and are now offering numbers 16/30 thru 20/30, unframed, for $185 each (plus shipping and handling). Prices will increase for subsequent prints as the edition depletes.

The image area is 13-3/4" high x 9-1/2" wide, centered on an untrimmed 17" x 11" sheet. Paper, ink, and production specifications, as well as shipping details, are available on our PRINT SPECS page.