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Andy Warhol, Hammer and Sickle (Special Edition), 1977 FS II.170

Artist: Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)
Title:Hammer and Sickle (Special Edition), 1977 FS II.170
Reference:FS II.170
Medium:Screenprint on Strathmore Bristol paper.
Sheet:30 x 40 in (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
Edition:Numbered from an edition of 10.
Signature:This work is hand signed by Andy Warhol in pencil in the lower center.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #W-7300

Historical Description

Andy Warhol Hammer and Sickle (Special Edition), 1977 FS II.170 is part of the special edition portfolio Warhol created to demonstrate the printing progression of his screenprint Hammer and Sickle, 1977 FS II.164. This print is the sixth print in the series and it shows us the black background and the sketched lines of the hammer and sickle. Warhol visited Italy in 1976 and saw the communist symbol of the hammer and sickle as popular graffiti all over the country at the time. Warhol wanted to separate the objects from any political or cultural ideologies. 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. Ronnie Cutrone, Warhol's studio assistant, created his own photographs for Warhol to work from, as he was unable to find suitable references for the artist. In this special edition portfolio, Warhol deconstructs not only the communist symbol, but also his printing process, visually showing each step. Warhol was able to replicate 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 center.  Numbered from an edition of 10.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Andy Warhol Hammer and Sickle (Special Edition), 1977 FS II.170 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.170 on page 99.
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.170 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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