Andy Warhol (American, 1928= 1987)
Hand Signed & Numbered Silkscreen Colophon Page from "Flash Portfolio", 1968 (Two Sheets; one hand signed by Andy Warhol)
21.5 inches x 21.5 inches (each)
Silkscreen colophon page of the hors commere edition of XVII of the iconic "Flash" Portfolio;
hand signed and uniquely numbered by Andy Warhol, plus silkscreen page of teletype text from the Portfolio
Racolin Press, Briarcliff Manor, New York
This special lot consists of two large Andy Warhol silkscreens on white wove paper comprising the signed colophon and text pages of his iconic 1968 "Flash" Portfolio, as well as Warhol's wraparound silkscreen of the distinctive teletype text
The colophon page silkscreen is hand signed by Andy Warhol and uniquely numbered XVII in pencil from the hors commerce edition, which, it expressly states, is not for sale.
The second silkscreen sheet features teletype print describing events surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy - the defining event of a generation as contemporaneously re-imagined by the most important Pop artist of the era.
Warhol created the FlashNovember 22, 1963 portfolio of prints in 1968 to depict the continuing media spectacle surrounding JFKs assassination. He named the portfolio for news flash Teletype texts that reported the assassination and its aftermaththe first major news event played out live on TV. The Flash portfolio includes a series of eleven silkscreens depicting President Kennedy smiling broadly, a presidential seal with bullet holes through it, and other symbolic representations of that tragedy. The portfolios cover includes an image of the New York World-Telegram front page with the headline President Shot Dead.
Warhol used screenprinted Teletype texts as wrappers" for the Portfolio.
Warhols use of media images and text underlines the notion that our collective understanding of the images is a result of a media construction - a topic as relevant today as it was fifty years ago, as the curators of a recent exhibition of Warhol prints at the Jepson Center so eloquently observed.
The sheet of teletype text, as well as the hand signed colophon page are highly collectible and frame-able pieces of art historical ephemera - especially as the Colophon page bears the pencil signature and numbering of Andy Warhol.