Title: Camouflage Complete Portfolio
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board.
Size: 38” x 38”
Details: Edition of 80, 3 PP, 1 EP, 84 individual TP not in portfolios, signed and numbered in pencil on verso by the executor of The Estate of Andy Warhol on a stamped certificate of authenticity. Portfolio of 8.
Camouflage Complete Portfolio AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK
Andy Warhol’s Camouflage Series was printed in 1987 by Rupert Jasen Smith, New York. The Camouflage Complete Portfolio of eight screenprints are printed on Lenox Museum Board, they are signed and numbered in pencil on verso by the executor of The Estate of Andy Warhol on a stamped certificate of authenticity. The colors are not accurately reproduced since they are fluorescent. The screenprints included in Warhol’s Camouflage series are FS II.406 through FS II.413.
Warhol’s Camouflage screenprints were the final works published before his death the same year. While still alive, Warhol had the opportunity to exhibit the Camouflage screenprints only once at a group show in New York, 1986. The pop artist was inspired to create the Camouflage series after his assistant, Jay Shriver, shared with Warhol that he was working on abstract paintings by pushing paint through the mesh of the military cloth. Warhol had Shriver go to the local New York army surplus store near Union Station to buy some camouflage fabric. Once Shriver had returned with the fabric, it was then photographed and the mesh was removed to only reveal the shapes and patterns of the fabric. Changing the originally muted militaristic color scheme to vivid pop colors, Warhol appropriated the composition of camouflage into striking abstract pieces of pop art. Warhol also collaborated with Stephen Sprouse, a notable fashion designer, to create a clothing line that used the camouflage print. Warhol also create a self-portrait with a camouflage print. When Warhol died, the Camouflage portfolio was printed, and he was not given the opportunity to sign them. Warhol’s Camouflage prints — an abstract yet iconic form — are an enduring testament to Warhol’s obsession with a shared, mass-produced visual language.