Andy Warhol, ‘Northwest Coast Mask 380 by Andy Warhol’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Northwest Coast Mask 380 by Andy Warhol’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Northwest Coast Mask 380 by Andy Warhol’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Northwest Coast Mask 380 by Andy Warhol’, 1986, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Northwest Coast Mask 380 by Andy Warhol’, 1986, Revolver Gallery

Title: Northwest Coast Mask 380
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board
Year: 1986
Size: 36” x 36”
Details: Edition of 250, signed and numbered in pencil.

Andy Warhol created Northwest Coast Mask in 1986 for his Cowboys and Indians portfolio. This portfolio presents a popular and ahistorical version of the American West. Abandoning all pretexts to realism or historical accuracy, Warhol instead chose to focus on common objects and cinematic representations that contributed to the popular iconography of the frontier narrative. He appropriated Native American imagery, such as this image the Northwest Coast Mask, and removed them from their original context and presenting them alongside American “heroes” of the mythologized Wild West. Warhol used vibrant shades of blue, red, and brown – colors often associated with Native American culture. The intricate details of the Northwest Coast Mask are accented with bold colorful outlines that create a three-dimensional effect in the print. By presenting these tokens of Native American culture together with American figures like John Wayne, Teddy Roosevelt, and Annie Oakley, Warhol confronts the viewer with the Hollywood adaptation of the American West, a commentary on how media and popular culture interpret history. Andy Warhol was fascinated with pop culture and the contrast between media and reality, and Northwest Coast Mask demonstrates how the pop artist expressed this in work.

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

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Art Basel Miami Beach, Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art LLC, New York
2016
Andy Warhol: Shadows, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao
2015
YES!YES!YES! WARHOLMANIA IN MUNICH, Museum Brandhorst, Munich
2015
Andy Warhol: Little Red Book #178, Frye Art Museum, Seattle
2015
Warhol by the Book, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Andy Warhol: Shadows, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao
2015
YES!YES!YES! WARHOLMANIA IN MUNICH, Museum Brandhorst, Munich
2015
Andy Warhol: Little Red Book #178, Frye Art Museum, Seattle
2015
Warhol by the Book, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown
2014
2014
2011
Made in Italy, Gagosian, Rome

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Art Basel Miami Beach, Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art LLC, New York
2016
Los Angeles to New York: The Dwan Gallery, 1959-1971, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Washington
2016
Big Picture: Art After 1945, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
2016
The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco
2016
Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
2016
MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
2015
Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
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