Andy Warhol, ‘Camouflage (FS 11.408)’, 1987, Revolver Gallery

Camouflage FS II.408 is from the portfolio of eight prints that feature variations of the pattern mixed in with Warhol’s signature use of bright colors. The Camouflage prints began rising in popularity as it held more significance with America’s continuing military involvement in the Middle East. He would vary the camouflage patterns and colors to give each print a unique and individual feel. This specific edition displays bright fluorescent pinks and hints of orange. Warhol’s color use greatly opposed the traditional use of camouflage, which is typically used to help disguise and blend in with the environment.

Signature: 80, 3 PP, 1 EP, 84 individual TP not in portfolios, signed and numbered in pencil on verso by the executor of The Estate of Andy Warhol on a stamped certificate of authenticity.

Warhol created this portfolio to revolve around America’s military involvement in war; however, he also created a juxtaposition with his versions of camouflage designs. The bright color use greatly contrasted the origins of camouflage, which were meant to conceal. Andy Warhol introduced the opposition of disguise and identity. With this idea, the new camouflage attracted opportunities from the fashion industry. Bold colored camouflage soon became popular as it helped women stand out in urban settings.

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, PA, United States, based in New York, NY, United States