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Unseen Warhol work in London show
Still Life (Hammer & Sickle) 1977
The work was based on the Soviet hammer and sickle symbol.
Major work by pioneering modern artist Andy Warhol - including pieces never seen before in the UK - go on show in London on Wednesday.

The Haunch of Venison gallery in Mayfair is showing Warhol's Hammer and Sickle collection of prints.

The 20 pieces, inspired by the Soviet symbol, were drawn in 1976 and 1977.

The exhibition also includes a "photobooth" painting by Warhol of the artist Ethel Scull, which has never been exhibited before.

The hammer and sickle pictures were made as still lifes, photographed, and projected onto silk.

The gallery said the drawings are accompanied by text from the artist's studio assistant, Ronnie Cultrone.

Cultrone said that the Hammer and Sickle work "had reduced one of the most feared symbols on the planet to a simple still life.

The exhibition runs until 15 June.

Warhol, who died in 1987, is widely regarded as one of the most influential modern artists of the 20th Century.

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