DescriptionAndy Warhol (1928-1987)
Endangered Species, 1983
Ten screenprints in colors on Lenox Museum Board
38 x 38 inches (96.5 x 96.5 cm)
Number 103 from the edition of 150 plus 30 artist's proofs
Each signed and numbered in pencil with the publisher's stamp on the reverse
Printed by Rupert Jansen Smith, New York
Published by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., New York
This complete set of screenprints is housed in the original Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., cardboard portfolio box, with the 'Andy Warhol Endangered Species © 1983' original sticker attached on the front.
F. Feldman and J. Schellmann, Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné 1962-1987, New York, 1997, pp. 130-131, nos. II.293-302 (illustrated in colors).
In the 1980s long-time environmental activists Ronald and Frayda Feldman approached Andy Warhol about making a series of prints to draw attention to the large number of animals near extinction throughout the world. After a long conversation about environmental and ecological issues, Ronald Feldman commissioned the animal-lover artist to create of suite of ten screenprints titled Endangered Species. Warhol immediately embraced the idea of depicting "animals in makeup." Employing the same color palette and portrait style of his signature work, Warhol elevated the animals to celebrity status. He made the animals instantly famous by depicting them like his iconic portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Mao Zedong, or Liz Taylor.
These prints remain in excellent condition, aside from very minor box-related handling creases at the extreme corners of a few of the works, with three pieces of linen tape on top edge verso of Black Rhinoceros and of Tree Frog. Full sheets.
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