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Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)

Lot 487: Flash! 11 colour screenprints by Andy Warhol

Adams Amsterdam Auctions

December 15, 2020
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Description

- WARHOL, Andy (American 1928 - 1987). Flash - November 22, 1963, 1968. Portfolio consisting of 11 screenprints in colours on wove paper, in 11 paper folders with teletype text and colophon, each screenprint signed in blue ballpoint pen 'Andy Warhol' (on the reverse), colophon signed again and numbered in blue ballpoint pen '68' (upper centre); published by Racolin Press, New York and printed by Aetha Silkscreen Productions, New York in the edition of 200 + XXVI (Roman) + 10 lettered A - J. In the original cloth hardcover folder, screenprinted in silver (in mint condition), in a plexiglass slipcase with sliding lid (near mint, without the usual sliding traces), in the publisher's custom made cardboard box (box with traces of shipping, tape around edges and address label (removed), also included the original glassine protection sheet for the cover as well as the plastic bag that goes around the box). Edges of folders slightly toned (hardly visible), plates untouched, some minor offsetting on overlaying pages, first page with some unobtrusive dents, page 7 damp cockled (before assembling the copy, plate untouched), page 13 soft dent in the upper left corner, overall in excellent condition.

Dimensions

53.33 x 53.33 cm. each

Artist or Maker

WARHOL, Andy (American 1928 - 1987).

Literature

Feldman and Schellmann 11.36

Provenance

Private collection; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts through Abigail R. Esman

Notes

Very complete and nearly immaculate copy of this fragile edition, all prints in mint condition. 'Flash' contemplates John F. Kennedy's assassination by Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963, and the events unfolding in the four days between the president’s death and the funeral. The imagery of the portfolio is based on campaign posters, the advertisement of the rifle used by the murderer, multiple press photographs of Oswald, the image of the building from which Kennedy was shot, and the iconic image of Jackie Kennedy smiling just before her husband’s death. The cover features the front page of the New York World Telegram with the headline 'President Shot Dead'. Each one of the prints is accompanied with a teletype report selected by Phillip Greer. The dispassionate tone of the reports offers a narrative to the images, and emphasises their symbolic power. Warhol, who was always obsessed with the desensitisation of popular culture, indicated that a genuine response towards this tragic event seemed almost impossible. As of now, Kennedy's assassination is often considered as on of the most mythicised events in the history of the United States. As Warhol stated “What bothered me was the way television and radio were programming everybody to feel so sad. It seemed like no matter how hard you tried, you couldn't get away from the thing.” The portfolio is the most thorough, and perhaps even the most personal, exploration of the topic by the artist.

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