Title: Endangered Species Full Suite
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board.
Size: 38″ x 38″
Details: Edition of 150, 30 AP, 5 PP, 5 EP, 3HC, 10 numbered in Roman numerals, 1 BAT, 30 TP, signed and numbered in pencil. Portfolio of 10.
WARHOL ENDANGERED SPECIES FULL SUITE AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK
Warhol Endangered Species full suite was printed in 1983 by Rupert Jasen Smith, New York. This portfolio of ten screenprints is printed on Lenox Museum Board, and are signed and numbered in pencil. Included in this suite are: FS II.293 to FS II.302.
In 1983, Andy 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 and active philanthropists. Warhol enjoyed working on this project and fondly referred to this series as his “Animals in Makeup,” regarding to the bold pop colors he employes, 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 the book Vanishing Animals by Kurt Benirschke. Compiled in Vanishing Animals, Warhol depicts a collection of endangered animals, detailing the animals’ backgrounds and what kind of impact their extinction would have on our livelihood.