Endangered Species Series (1978)
About this artwork
Following discussions about environmental issues with New York gallery owners Ronald and Frayda Feldman, Warhol was commissioned to produce a series of prints of endangered species. The prints were displayed in museums and sold at fundraising events to raise awareness of the issue. This poster is advertising an exhibition of the prints at the Eastern Washington University. However, rather than featuring an example of one of the prints (as was done at other venues), an unusual image of Warhol’s face has been used. The angular rendering and tonal quality gives the impression that his head has been carved from a lump of marble. Warhol was aware of his celebrity and used it to his advantage in advertising such exhibitions - here he is represented as a spectacle himself.
- title: Endangered Species Series
- accession number: AR00427
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- medium: Screenprint on paper
- date created: 1978
- measurements: 59.50 x 43.20 cm
- credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
- copyright: © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2016.
Andy Warhol was born 'Andrew Warhola' to Slovakian immigrant parents living in Pittsburgh in America. Warhol's subject matter was taken from popular culture, in the form of advertising, comics, magazines and packaging. He was able to produce his works quickly by transferring images onto canvas or paper through photography and screenprinting, sometimes with the help of assistants. Warhol stated that he wanted to make works that showed no trace of having been produced by hand. His interest in mass production reflected the fast-developing consumer culture he recognised in America. His New York studio, 'The Factory,' became a popular meeting place for artists, drop-outs, celebrities and bands.