Andy Warhol, ‘ Rare Hand Signed, Numbered Silkscreen for Flash Portfolio (JFK Assassination)’, 1968, Alpha 137 Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘ Rare Hand Signed, Numbered Silkscreen for Flash Portfolio (JFK Assassination)’, 1968, Alpha 137 Gallery

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 Flash–November 22, 1963 portfolio of prints in 1968 to depict the continuing media spectacle surrounding JFK’s assassination. He named the portfolio for “news flash” Teletype texts that reported the assassination and its aftermath—the 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 portfolio’s 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.
Warhol’s 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.

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Signature: This special lot has two silkscreen prints; one of them is hand signed by Andy Warhol.

Flash Portfolio, Andy Warhol, 1968 (AP XVII)

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