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Sex Parts (F. & S. II.175)

Sex Parts (F. & S. II.175)
Signed Print

Andy Warhol

Screenprint, 1978
Signed Print Edition of 30
H 80cm x W 60cm

Critical Review

Sex Parts (F. & S. II.175) is part of Warhol’s Sex Parts collection which consists of a series of screen prints all of which show explicit acts of oral and anal sex. None of the images reveal the faces of the figures Warhol depicts, which preserves the anonymity of the models. Warhol explored the male form in other, lesser known artworks, and produced various nudes in the 1950s. These artworks, however, were never exhibited in public as homosexuality was a criminal offence at the time and the images could have risked Warhol being arrested.

Due to homosexuality being illegal, Warhol never spoke publicly about his sexuality. The Sex Parts collection can be seen as revealing some deeply felt desires that the artist had to hide throughout his lifetime.