Moonwalk by Andy Warhol

Moonwalk Andy Warhol

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Andy Warhol’s Moonwalk series encapsulates one of the most important moments of the 20th century. Taking Neil Armstrong’s photograph of Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon, Warhol, for the very first time, turns this historic event into a Pop Art masterpiece. Though one might expect this work to have been done at the time of the moon landings in 1969, the prints were actually made in 1987, just a few months before Warhol’s death. It seems as though this subject appeared to Warhol to be important only after the fact, almost two decades later, when he had reached maturity in his career. And while it depicts a profound moment in the history of humanity Warhol adds his playful spin on it, tinting the iconic white astronaut suit with tones of pink in Moonwalk 405 and giving the surface of the moon a toxic green covering in Moonwalk Trial Proof.

The prints were intended to be part of a larger series titled TV which would include other key moments from America’s history such as a still of Martin Luther King Jr giving his famous ‘I have a Dream’ speech and the Beatles’ first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. However, Warhol’s untimely death from surgery complications meant that Moonwalk is the only print that was completed, making this an extremely sought after work in his oeuvre.

Moonwalk demonstrates Warhol’s unfailing talent for spotting iconic images, and adds his own unique touch, drawing over the original image as well as overlaying it with bright blocks of colour that make it unmistakably a work of Pop Art. Though it captures a specific moment in time, the work is also a timeless classic that will continue to resonate with collectors today.

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