In Moonwalk (F. & S. II.405), Andy Warhol has adapted one of the most iconic moments of the twentieth century and somehow increased its drama. This rendition of Neil Armstrong’s famous photograph features Buzz Aldrin in a spacesuit on the lunar surface, accompanied by the American flag to his left. Warhol has added to the drama of the moment by colouring Warhol’s suit hot pink and simultaneously darkening the lunar surface to cool blues. He has retained the red, white, and blue of the flag while adding pink highlights.
Warhol created Moonwalk 405 as a part of his larger series of the same name. The Moonwalk series depicts the Apollo 11 mission of 1969. This moment, mans’ first steps on the moon, was a major element of the zeitgeist of the twentieth century in the United States. However, Warhol’s rendition comes nearly two decades after the event, as a reflection of its impact. Even half a century later, the image is immediately recognizable as both historic and distinctly Warhol. As the series was completed only a few months before the artist's death, it is highly sought after.