Andy Warhol, ‘Mother and Child (FS II.383)’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Mother and Child (FS II.383)’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Mother and Child (FS II.383)’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Mother and Child (FS II.383)’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Mother and Child (FS II.383)’, 1986, Revolver Gallery

Andy Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians series is a fascinating amalgamation of imagery that Warhol felt was heavily associated with and defined the American West. The series included images of objects related to native culture, like Northwest Mask and Kachina Doll. The series also included portraits of historical notoriety, like Geronimo and Annie Oakley. Mother and Child depicts an Indian woman carrying her young son on her back. These images have been removed from their original context and reproduced here to show the public what we as a society have come to associate with our understanding of The American West.

Series: Rather than portraying Native Americans within their historical landscape, or Cowboys in their veritable forms, Warhol chose to portray a popular, romanticized version of the American West. The West that he chose to represent is familiar to everyone and can be seen in novels, films, TV series. Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians suite is an ahistorical representation that mirrors a popular interpretation of the American West. In carefully selecting images that instinctively resonate with viewers, Andy’s Cowboys and Indians becomes a commentary on the immense impact of mass media and the power of image. Interest in image as it relates to reality is emphasized in this series through the legends and intrigue of the American West. The ways in which carefully contrived imagery can influence how society understands their own history and environment was particularly influential to Warhol and his works throughout his career.

Signature: Edition of 250, 50 AP, 15 PP, 15 HC, 10 numbered in Roman numerals, signed and numbered in pencil. Portfolio of 10.

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