Indian Head Nickel 385 - Andy Warhol

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Title: Indian Head Nickel (FS II.385)
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board.
Year: 1986
Size: 36″ x 36″
Edition: Edition of 250. Portfolio of 10.

Indian Head Nickel 385

In 1986, the year before his death, Andy Warhol continued his appropriation of classic American icons and images with his “Cowboys and Indians” series, a portfolio of ten graphic screenprints representing traditional figures and figureheads of the American West.

Indian Head Nickel 385 as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work

Warhol interspersed recognizable portraits of well-known American “heroes”–John Wayne, Annie Oakley, Teddy Roosevelt, and General George Custer–with less familiar Native American images and motifs in his ironic commentary on Americans’ collective mythologizing 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 American West. The West that he chose to represent is familiar to everyone and can be seen in novels, films, TV series. Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians Suite is an ahistorical representation that mirrors a popular interpretation of the American West.Indian Head Nickel is a fine example of Warhol’s aesthetic intent in its reduction of an entire heritage and way of life into a single “trademark” image.

Andy Warhol Screenshot Indian head nickel

Andy Warhol's Indian Head Nickle Signature

Andy Warhol's print, Indian Head Nickle Framed

Andy Warhol Indian head nickle 385

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