Andy Warhol, ‘John Wayne 377 by Andy Warhol’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘John Wayne 377 by Andy Warhol’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘John Wayne 377 by Andy Warhol’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘John Wayne 377 by Andy Warhol’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘John Wayne 377 by Andy Warhol’, 1986, Revolver Gallery

Title: John Wayne 377
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board.
Year: 1986
Size: 36” x 36″
Edition: Edition of 250, 50 AP, 15 PP, 15 HC, 10 numbered in Roman numerals, signed and numbered in pencil. Portfolio of 10.

Andy Warhol created John Wayne 377 in 1986 for his Cowboys and Indians portfolio. John Wayne was an iconic fixture in films about the American west and represented the ideal leading macho man in Hollywood’s prime. Many considered him an All-American hero. Warhol was fascinated by celebrity myths and the ways in which stories are represented by the media. This allure lead Warhol to create his series Cowboys and Indians portfolio as a statement to the myth of the American West. He took recognizable images of western tokens, such as this image of John Wayne, interspersed them with images of Native American culture in his ironic commentary on the mythologizing of the historic West. Warhol’s depiction of John Wayne completely removes him from his true identity, Marion Mitchell Morrison, instead remembering him only as the heroic cowboy, gun in hand. Andy Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians and John Wayne represent the ahistorical interpretation of the American West that remains so popular.

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil

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