Property from a Private Collection, New England
1928 - 1987
MOONWALK (SEE F. & S. IIB.404-405)
Screenprint in a unique color combination, 1987, with the printed signature and inscribed 'TP 34/66' in pencil, a trial proof aside from the numbered edition of 160 plus 31 artist's proofs, signed in pencil on the verso by the executor of the Andy Warhol Estate, Frederick Hughes, the printer, Rupert Jasen Smith, and the publisher, Ronald Feldman, on Lenox Museum Board, with the blindstamps of the printer and publisher, framed
sheet: 964 by 964 mm 38 by 38 in
The print is in good condition, the full sheet printed to the edges. (Very slight attenuation to the colors and an occasional very faint scuff.) Stray ink and pale traces of surface soiling on the verso.
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Warhol’s Moonwalk prints are among the last works that the artist created before his death in February 1987. Intended as part of a portfolio entitled TV that would depict important images from the history of television in America and include subjects such as I Love Lucy, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and the Beatles’ first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, Moonwalk was the only composition from the series that was printed.
Despite the portfolio’s focus on the influence of television, the photographic basis of the work is not a still from the live broadcast of the first moments on the moon, but rather an image that never appeared on TV. Warhol combined two separate photographs of Buzz Aldrin and the American flag, both NASA stills taken by Neil Armstrong, to create the screenprint. The resulting composition is an iconic element of Warhol’s printmaking that illustrates not only the lasting impact of the moon landing but also the artist’s own profound effect on American visual culture.