April 28, 06:00 PM GMT
60,000 - 80,000 USD
1928 - 1987
BLACK LENIN (FELDMAN & SCHELLMANN II.402)
Screenprint in colors, 1987, signed in pencil and numbered 92/120 (total edition includes 24 artist's proofs), on Arches 88 wove paper, with the blindstamp of the printer, Rupert Jasen Smith, New York, published by Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich, framed
sheet: 1001 by 750 mm 39⅜ by 29½ in
Andy Warhol’s inimitable aesthetic is a celebration of culture stripped of context. How else could controversial material achieve an impact that intended to appeal artistically without provoking indignation?
His depiction of the electric chair and of Mao Tse-Tung, both in the early 1970s, and his haunting portraits of Lenin, the editions completed after the artist’s death in 1987, all exemplify Warhol’s characteristic practice of divesting his subjects of political ramifications.
Lenin, the 1918-1924 government leader whose Communist rule oversaw the violent transition from Russian state to Soviet Union, is remembered by biographer Louis Fischer as “a lover of radical change and maximum upheaval". Many decades later, Andy Warhol presided over a vastly different kind of revolution, repackaging cultural figures as ornaments inviting conversations on artistic implication rather than historic significance.