Andy Warhol, ‘Moonwalk FS II 404’, 1987, Revolver Gallery

Title: Moonwalk, Blue (FS II.404)
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board
Year: 1987
Size: 38″ x 38″
Edition: 160, 31 AP, 5 PP, 5 EP, signed with a printed signature and numbered in pencil lower right.

MOONWALK, BLUE (FS II.404)

Warhol’s Moonwalk depicts Neil Armstrong’s photograph of Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr. walking on the moon for the first time in 1969 during the Apollo 11 mission. Moonwalk is a portfolio of only two prints. In this specific print, Warhol chooses to color the astronaut in yellow. The American flag has similar coloring with blue, reds, and pinks. He uses this color scheme to embellish the primarily dimmer and darker colors of the background.

MOONWALK,(FS II.404) AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK

Warhol was able to produce these two prints before his untimely death in 1987. He demonstrates his great talents with this short portfolio, commemorating one of America’s most historic moments, man’s first visit to the moon. This series, which includes two prints, illustrates Warhol’s artistic maturation, which so characterizes his work created in the 1980s. The evolution from depicting subjects that represent the commercial aspects of American culture, to representing historically important subjects and ideas specific to Warhol’s time.

Signature: Signed with a printed signature and numbered in pencil lower right.

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