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The first moonwalk on July 20th, 1969 was one of the most defining moments of the modern era, a symbol of progress, ingenuity, and human accomplishment. It captured the worlds imagination, and it launched a new era for space exploration. Ever adept at reflecting key points in American culture, Andy Warhol turned his attention to that momentous event almost two decades later. Executed in 1987, Warhol’s Moonwalk prints were among the last works that the artist executed before his death. The Moonwalk prints were to be part of a portfolio entitled TV that would depict important images from the history of television in America, including I Love Lucy, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the Beatles’ first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Moonwalk was the only composition from the series that was printed.
Warhol’s Moonwalk depicts Neil Armstrong’s photograph of Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr. walking on the moon for the first time in 1969 during the Apollo 11 mission. He captures the magic, drama, and fantasy of the moon walk. In this Series, the translucent colors capture your gaze in classic Warhol fashion. Like any other great artist Andy was looking to the future. By using this landmark moment in history as the focus of his art work, he preserves the emotion that everyone felt as Neil took “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. “Moonwalk, 1987 (#404 - #405)” is a 38 x 38 – inch framed unique trial-proof screenprint.
Andy Warhol is seen as one of the most prolific American artists of all time, whose undeniable influence proved him to be a leading figure within the Pop Art and Culture Movement. Warhol was a multitalented individual; he was an artist, filmmaker, producer, designer, and photographer. Warhol was born on August 06, 1926 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. From an early age, Warhol was interested in the arts as he was often sick at home than at school. Rather isolated due to childhood illnesses, a young Warhol entertained himself by drawing and with other artistic hobbies. Eventually, Warhol graduated high school with aspirations to become an illustrator in the world of advertising. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from the Carnegie Mellon University of Technology and moved to New York to pursue his creative dream.