Medium: Screen print on Lennox Museum Board. Artwork size: 38 x 38 inches.Signature: Hand signed and numbered by Andy Warhol. Condition: Artwork is in excellent condition. Printed By Rupert Jansen Smith, Ny. Published By Ronald Feldman Fine Art Inc. Portfolio, which premiered in 1983.
Warhol was commissioned by environmentalists and gallerists Ronald and Frayda. To depict 10 endangered animals, bringing attention to their fragility. The US federal government had passed the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1973, making clear criteria for assigning the status of "endangered" to animals that had seen massive attrition of their populations.
This designation has been adopted internationally and Warhol's Endangered Species series represents this, consisting of a fairly diverse and cosmopolitan array of organisms. Like his contemporaries Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg, Warhol responded to mass-media culture of the 1960s. His silkscreens of cultural and consumer icons-including Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Campbell's Soup Cans, and Brillo Boxes-would make him one of the most famous artists of his generation. "The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do, " he once explained.
Born Andrew Warhola on August 6, 1928 in Pittsburgh, PA, he graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1949. Moving to New York to pursue a career in commercial illustration, the young artist worked for magazines such as Vogue and Glamour.
Though Warhol was a gay man, he kept much of his private life a secret, occasionally referencing his sexuality through art. This is perhaps most evident in his drawings of male nudes from the 1950s, and later in his film Sleep (1963), which portrays the poet John Giorno nude. In 1964, Warhol rented a studio loft on East 47th street in Midtown Manhattan which was later known as The Factory. The artist used The Factory as a hub for movie stars, models, and artists, who became fodder for his prints and films.
The space also functioned as a performance venue for The Velvet Underground. During the 1980s, Warhol collaborated with several younger artists, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente, and Keith Haring. The artist died tragically following complications from routine gall bladder surgery at the age of 58, on February 22, 1987 in New York, NY. After his death, the artist's estate became The Andy Warhol Foundation and in 1994, a museum dedicated to the artist and his oeuvre opened in his native Pittsburgh.Today, his works are held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Tate Gallery in London, among others. A major retrospective of Warhol's work took place at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York in 2019. About us: Gallery Art is South Florida's largest Fine Art gallery, located in the heart of Aventura. Our showroom features beautifully framed and displayed originals, oils, acrylics, limited-edition prints, and glass and bronzes by today's most esteemed and collectible artists. With over 30 years in the art business, and 20 years in the same location, Gallery Art's knowledgeable and friendly staff will make sure your experience is a pleasurable one.
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