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    Sale 2044

    Prints and Multiples

    28 - 29 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 733


    Moonwalk (F. & S. II.404-45)

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    Moonwalk (F. & S. II.404-45)
    the complete set of two screenprints in colors, 1987, each on Lenox Museum Board, each with the artist's printed signature, each numbered 102/160 (there were also 31 artist's proofs for each), published by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., New York, each with the artist's estate stamp and the executor's, publisher's and printer's signatures on the reverse, the full sheets, (II.405) with minor rubbing in the black to the right of the flag, otherwise each in excellent condition, each framed
    Each S. 38 x 38 in. (965 x 965 mm.) (2)

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    At the time of his death, Andy Warhol was working on a major portfolio entitled TV, in which he aimed to trace the history of television. Moonwalk, the only completed image in the project is an example of the quintessential post-war American icons Warhol portrayed. Using a freeze-frame image originally broadcast to millions of viewers, the astronaut Buzz Aldrin stands next to the American flag he placed on the moon. Warhol returns to this seminal moment through the technique of screenprint. Combining a palette of neon colors, and fluorescent outlines, he updates the original image to reflect the flourishing culture of the 1980s. Warhol's initials can be discerned across Aldrin's visor; a typical ironic touch by the artist who thereby adds his mark to the famous image, just as the American flag was added to the surface of another world.