Cowboys and Indians Portfolio
Andy Warhol loved to stay with a concept. Anything he ever did that caught his interest or became popular was done again and again often times with only minor variations.
His portfolio “cowboys and Indians” is no exception. This series mixed popular iconic western images like John Wayne with lesser known images of Native American icons like Geronimo. The popularity of the Warhol himself and the iconic nature of his source material guaranteed this would be one of his more memorable series.
It wasn’t the first time he had visited the topic or delivered an artist rendition of the Native American. In 1976 he did a series of paintings and drawings of Russell Means. A native American actor and activist. He experimented with his silk-screening process and produced iconic images…just not as popular as his later work. As with so many things it is almost certain he drew some of his inspiration for “cowboys and Indians” from this 1976 effort.
In 1986 Andy Warhol produced Cowboys and Indians. It was towards the end of his career. Merely a year before his death.
It was published by Gaulthey ,Klineman art, Inc. New York.
The work is a series of 250 with 50 artist’s proofs. It contains the publisher’s ink stamp on the reverse. The work was produced on Lenox Museum Board at Andy Warhol’s studio. 22 East 33rd Street. The building no longer exists