Andy Warhol, ‘War Bonnet Indian (FS II.373) by Andy Warhol ’, 1986, Revolver Gallery

Title: War Bonnet Indian (FS II.373)
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board
Year: 1986
Size: 36″ x 36″
Edition: Edition of 36. Portfolio of 4.

War Bonnet Indian (FS II.373) is a continuation of the Cowboys and Indian portfolio Andy Warhol created, which mixed recognizable portraits of famous "heroes" of the West, such as John Wayne and Annie Oakley along with less familiar Native American images and motifs. Ultimately Warhol created this portfolio with overly popular, romanticized images as an ironic commentary of America's collective mythologizing the historic West. With War Bonnet Indian 373, Warhol used a vibrant and multicolored palette to emphasize the Native American. Furthermore, by using purple and yellow as contrasting colors, Warhol is able to make a statement about the distinction between the "Cowboys" and "Indians" within the portfolio. Through pop art and the use of a simple portrait, Warhol is able to reduce an entire heritage into a single trademarked image.

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