Andy Warhol, ‘Jacqueline Kennedy I (Jackie I)’, 1966, Bertolami Auctions

Unique Print
Stamp on the back: 'Authorized by Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts' and' The Estate of Andy Warhol 'N. UP 23,715 (Reference Catalogue Raisonne' Feldman & Shellmann 1962-1987 N.II.13)
The screen printing is part of the '11 Pop Artists' portfolio which contains works by: Allan D'Arcangelo, Jim Dine, Allen Jones, Gerald Laing, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Phillips, Mel Ramos, James Rosenquist, John Wesley, Tom Wesselmann and Andy Warhol.

Warhol bases the serigraph on a ‘Life' press image of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on the 6th December 1963. He chooses a symbolic picture of Jacqueline Kennedy, just before she was widowed. He cut the image around the face and created an abstract representation by eliminating any element surrounding the scene and by painting the surface with metallic ink, making it perfectly flat.
Made in 1965 and published in 1966

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York