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

The Silverspot is a species of butterfly whose name alludes to the silver markings underneath its wings. Its decline in population is largely due to its habitat being close to major cities like Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco. The open areas have become less and less due to suburbanization and the little fields that are left are dominated by non-native plants and grazing animals that destroy its habitat.

Series: In 1983 Warhol was commissioned by his friend and publisher Ron Feldman and his wife Freyda to create the series of ten endangered species to raise environmental consciousness. Both Freyda and Ronald were celebrated political activists who were very active philanthropists. Warhol fondly referred to this series as his “Animals in Makeup,” given the bold pop colors he uses to portray the animals as large than life. In 1986, Warhol was commissioned again to do a series of animals in danger of extinction, this time it was illustrations for a book detailing the animals’ backgrounds and what kind of impact their extinction would have on our livelihood.

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