ANDY WARHOL "JACKIE (FLASH PORTFOLIO)", 1968
Andy Warhol is arguably the most important American artist of the 20th century. He not only helped defined Pop Art, but had a lasting affect on artists, image making and the power of celebrity in both fine art and popular culture in general. And after close to 20 years of abstract art leading the avant-garde, Warhol resuscitated portraiture...albeit in a highly subversive manner.
John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. Shortly thereafter Warhol created his first images of his grieving widow. He would remain fascinated by both her image, fame and tragedy. Throughout the decade Warhol would create some of his most powerful works, images that depicted the leading icons of the day, such as movie stars, but also representations of crime, injustice and death all culled from the media.
In 1968, Warhol created the Flash Portfolio, a group of 11 screenprints based on appropriated news images related to JFK's assassination.
The 1960's are arguably the period where Warhol arrives at his creative zenith. Today collectors pursue works from this time with fervour. Individual works from the Flash Portfolio rarely come on the market. This work is an exceptional and rare example from Warhol's best period.
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From an edition of 200
Signed and numbered by the artist verso
21"H 21"W (work)
29"H 29"W (framed)
Framed with plexiglass
Very good condition
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