Title: Cowboys and Indians Complete Portfolio
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board.
Size: 36″ x 36″
Details: Edition of 250, 50 AP, 15 PP, 15 HC, 10 numbered in Roman numerals, signed and numbered in pencil. Portfolio of 10.
Cowboys and Indians Complete Portfolio AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK
The Cowboys and Indians suite was printed in 1986 by Rupert Jasen Smith, New York. As portfolio of 10 screenprints on Lenox Museum Board, the prints are signed and numbered in pencil. Some John Wayne prints are unique and are dated and marked “unique”. Included in this suite are FS II.377 through FS II.386.
In 1986, Andy Warhol created the Cowboys and Indians series. In this portfolio, Warhol depicts an ahistorical representation that mirrors a popular interpretation of the American West. Warhol interspersed recognizable portraits of well-known American heroes – Annie Oakley, Teddy Roosevelt, and General George Custer – with less familiar Native American images and motifs in his ironic commentary on America’s collective mythology of the historic West. Rather than portraying Native Americans within their historical landscape or Cowboys in their veritable forms, Warhol chose to portray a popular, romanticized version of the west. Warhol’s rendering of the American West was already an established presentation commonly portrayed in novels, films, and various television series popular during this era.