Andy Warhol, ‘John Wayne (FS II.377)’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘John Wayne (FS II.377)’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘John Wayne (FS II.377)’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘John Wayne (FS II.377)’, 1986, Revolver Gallery

John Wayne 377 was an icon representing the macho leading man in Hollywood’s prime. He was fixture in westerns and war movies alike, and considered an All-American hero. The allure of celebrity myths and legends lead Warhol to create the Cowboys and Indians series in 1986. The source image is a publicity photo from the film The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962). In this image, the celebrity status of John Wayne completely overshadows the actor’s real identity, Marion Robert Morrison. In the movie, a reporter takes the story of John Wayne’s character back to his editor and is told, “This is the West, sir; when the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” In this series, that’s what Warhol did. John Wayne 377 was framed for the first time when added to our inventory. It is signed by Andy Warhol on the front in pencil.

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