Andy Warhol, ‘Action Picture 375 by Andy Warhol’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Action Picture 375 by Andy Warhol’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Action Picture 375 by Andy Warhol’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Action Picture 375 by Andy Warhol’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Action Picture 375 by Andy Warhol’, 1986, Revolver Gallery

Title: Action Picture Trial Proof 375
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board.
Year: 1986
Size: 36″ x 36″
Edition: Edition of 36. Portfolio of 4.

Andy Warhol created Action Picture in 1986 in association with his Cowboys and Indians portfolio. In this series, Warhol explores the myth of the American West and how its history is depicted in popular culture. This print features an image of Native Americans on horseback charging at the viewer with guns blazing. Warhol printed the men in pink and black and outlined them with red, yellow, and blue – colors often associated with western themes. The characters stand out against the solid brown background, and the colorful accents give the impression the characters are in action and moving quickly. Andy Warhol’s Action Picture is commentary on mass media and how popular characterizations of American Indians have affected the way we understand our history. This unique work is a trial proof edition, meaning that it is a one of kind color combination.

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil by Andy Warhol lower left

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York