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Signed Print Edition of 200
H 97cm x W 97cm
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Toni Clayton, American Pop & Modern Specialist
The Shadow (F. & S. II. 267) is a signed screen print on Lenox Museum board with diamond dust made by the pioneering artist Andy Warhol in 1981. Coming in an edition size of 200 the print shows a portrait of the artist himself rendered as The Shadow, a popular radio crime fighter from the 1930s. Warhol is rendered in a warm red and is captured staring out of the composition at the viewer. The portrait is unconventional as the sitter does not dominate the centre of the composition. Warhol appears standing to the right of the composition and is set against the silhouette of another person’s side profile. The dark, shadowy profile contrasts with Warhol’s red face and seems to lurk ominously behind him.
The print is one of ten screen prints which are part of Warhol’s Myths collection. The prints all depict an icon or idol of American popular culture. As is seen in the Myths collection and Warhol’s 1985 collection, Ads, the artist was skilled at identifying icons from popular culture and being able to distill the essence of a culture into a few images.
The Myths collection pays homage to the characters that not only left an impact on Warhol during his childhood, but also feature heavily in the shared American cultural consciousness.