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Andy Warhol: Hammer And Sickle (F. & S. II.61) - Signed Print

Hammer And Sickle (F. & S. II.61)
Signed Print

Andy Warhol

POA

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Screenprint, 1977
Signed Print Edition of 50
H 76cm x W 102cm

Critical Review

This print demonstrates Warhol’s unrivalled ability in addressing ideological, historical and social issues within one striking image repeated across a series. Using the classic colours of Soviet propaganda – red, yellow, white, grey and black – Warhol strips the communist hammer and sickle symbol of its origins and transforms it into an aestheticized consumerist object. Just as Warhol had done with his Mao series (1972), he directly compares the controlled propagation of official images in communist countries to the American capitalist machine of consumerism, fashion kitsch and advertising.

With the help of his assistant Robbie Cuttrone, Warhol created the still life with tools bought from a hardware shop, arranging and then photographing them. The resulting image is produced by layering blocks of flat colour with crayon-like lines overlain on the image surface.

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