Andy Warhol, ‘Indian Head Nickel (FS II.385 )’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Indian Head Nickel (FS II.385 )’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Indian Head Nickel (FS II.385 )’, 1986, Revolver Gallery

Title: Indian Head Nickel 385
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board.
Year: 1986
Size: 36″ x 36″
Edition: Edition of 50 AP, signed and numbered by Andy Warhol in pencil lower left.

Andy Warhol created Indian Head Nickel 385 in 1986 for his Cowboys and Indians portfolio. Warhol was fascinated by celebrity myths and the ways in which stories are represented by the media. This allure led Warhol to create his Cowboys and Indians portfolio as a commentary about the myth of the American West. He used recognizable images like this one of Indian Head Nickel that is representative the popular yet ahistorical version of Native American culture. Warhol removed this native imagery from its original context and interspersed it with images of romanticized American heroes. Indian Head Nickel is an example of Warhol’s fascination with the way media and society interpret histories and misrepresent the history of Indians and the American west.

Series: Cowboys and Indians, 1986

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil 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