Hammer and Sickle Set
(F&S II.161-164), 1977
Portfolio of 4 color screenprints on Strathmore Bristol paper with the original cardboard box
30 x 40 inches each
Edition of 50
Each signed "Andy Warhol" and numbered with the same edition number by the Artist in pencil lower left
Printed by Rupert Jasen Smith, New York
Published by Andy Warhol Enterprises, Inc., New York
Frayda Feldman and Jorg Schellmann, Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonne: 1962-1987, Fourth Edition, D.A.P., New York, 2003, Catalogue Reference F&S II.161-164, another suite reproduced page 98 in color.
Andy Warhol Museum Quality Portfolio
The Andy Warhol Suite of four Hammer & Sickle Color Screenprints is Museum Quality. , each with the same edition number, contained in the original Portfolio Box as issued, and stored in archival materials since it was published. The Suite of 4 Screenprints has never been framed, hinged or matted, and looks as good today as they did when Andy Warhol signed, dated & numbered each of the Screenprints.
Andy Warhol Mao Set of 10 Screenprints fetches $2.5 million Sotheby's London, a new auction record. twitter.com/JKLFA/status/2…— JKLFA.com (@JKLFA) May 23, 2012
Andy Warhol was fascinated and interested in symbols, and the mechanics of our visual culture in an age of movies, media and advertising. The Hammer & Sickle essentially functioned in Communist states as ads in a society devoid of advertising. So, too, the image of Mao tse tung fascinated Warhol because, in China, images of Mao were everywhere. It had an endemic nature that advertising could hardly approach, to which McDonald's and Coca-Cola could hardly even aspire.