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Andy Warhol, Hammer and Sickle, 1977 FS II.164

Artist: Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)
Title:Hammer and Sickle, 1977 FS II.164
Reference:FS II.164
Medium:Screenprint on Strathmore Bristol paper.
Sheet:30 x 40 in (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
Edition:Numbered from an edition of 50, aside from 10 Artist Proofs marked 'AP,' 2 Printer's Proofs marked 'PP,' and one Hors Commerce marked 'HC.'
Signature:This work is hand signed by Andy Warhol in pencil in the lower left.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #W-7294

Historical Description

Andy Warhol Hammer and Sickle, 1977 FS II.164 features a hammer and sickle colored in deep red against a black background. Warhol uses a charcoal gray to color the shadows, which stands out against the inky black around it.  Warhol's sketched lines are visible, laid atop the color blocking of the objects, adding dimension to the abstracted composition. The screenprint is part of a portfolio of prints based off of photographs of a hammer and sickle taken by Warhol's studio assistant Ronnie Cutrone. Warhol was inspired by the communist symbol of the hammer and sickle after visiting Italy in 1976, where he witnessed the symbol as popular graffiti all over the country at the time. Warhol was not as interested in what the symbol represented, a wave of communist ideologies sweeping the nation in the late 70s, but was more intrigued by the repeated nature of the symbol and its place in pop culture, if it had one. Cutrone created his own photographs for Warhol to work from, as he was unable to find suitable references for Warhol. The assistant went out and bought a real hammer and sickle which he photographed himself. Warhol created this portfolio of screenprints based on the photos that Cutrone took. Warhol was able to deconstruct the iconic symbol of the hammer and sickle in unique ways in each of the prints.

Created in 1977, this work is a screenprint on Strathmore Bristol paper, hand signed by Andy Warhol in pencil in the lower left.  Numbered from an edition of 50, aside from 10 Artist Proofs marked 'AP,' 2 Printer's Proofs marked 'PP,' and one Hors Commerce marked 'HC.'

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Andy Warhol Hammer and Sickle, 1977 FS II.164 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonné and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).

1. Feldman, Frayda and Jörg Schellmann, A Catalogue Raisonne, 4th ed. Listed as catalogue raisonné no. II.164 on page 98.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Andy Warhol Hammer and Sickle, 1977 FS II.164 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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