Andy Warhol, ‘San Francisco Silverspot (FS II.298) ’, 1983, Revolver Gallery

Title: San Francisco Silverspot (FS II.298)
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board
Year: 1983
Size: 38″ x 38″
Edition: Edition of 150, signed and numbered in pencil. Portfolio of 10.

Andy Warhol created the San Francisco Silverspot as one of ten prints in his Endangered Species portfolio. The Silverspot is a species of butterfly that can only be found in Bay Area cities, like San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley. The butterfly is known for the silver markings underneath its wings. The butterfly entered the endangered species list because the fields it inhabits are dwindling due to the suburbanization of the Bay Area. In this print, Warhol makes a pop icon out of the Silverspot butterfly with his use of bright primary colors and bold lines. The Silverspot butterfly is depicted with bright hues of blue, yellow, and red upon a background of royal purple with lilac blades of grass. The Endangered Species portfolio was commissioned by Ron and Freyda Feldman, who were active philanthropists, to raise awareness of endangered animals. This print is favored among collectors for the bold color choices and the message behind the portfolio.

Series: Endangered Species Portfolio

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, PA, United States, based in New York, NY, United States