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