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Lot # 1186 (of 1336)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Andy Warhol Screen Print from His 1968 Portfolio Flash-November 22, 1963

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,160

Single screen print, along with its corresponding Teletype on paper, created by artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987) for his 1968 limited-edition portfolio tiled Flash-November 22, 1968. The portfolio consisted of eleven screen prints, each with a corresponding Teletype selected by Phillip Greer that conveyed a media narrative for the artwork. Only 200 numbered portfolios were produced (there was also an edition of 26 in Roman numerals) and they were published by Racolin Press, Inc., of Briarcliff Manor, New York. The offered print features Kennedy's image behind a director's clapboard. This series was created because Warhol was fascinated by the media spectacle that followed Kennedy's assassination in 1963. In his own words:

When President Kennedy was shot that fall, I heard the news over the radio while I was alone painting in my studio. I don't think I missed a stroke. I wanted to know what was going on out there, but that was the extent of my reaction I'd been thrilled about having Kennedy as president; he was handsome, young, smart-but it didn't bother me that much that he was dead. 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 screen print (21 x 21 inches) is in apparent Near Mint condition and has been mounted (by means of tape on the reverse) within a Plexiglass frame (24.25 x 24.25 inches; numerous cracks). The Teletype (21 x 21 inches) displays light rippling and minor surface wear. In Very Good condition. Mounted (by means of tape on the reverse) within a Plexiglass frame (24.25 x 24.25 inches). Total: 2 pieces (screen print and Teletype).
  Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,160


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