Action Picture (F. & S. II.381)

Action Picture (F. & S. II.381)
Signed Print

Andy Warhol

Screenprint, 1986
Signed Print Edition of 250
H 91cm x W 91cm

Critical Review

Printed on Lenox Museum Board, Action Picture (F. & S. II.381) is one of ten graphic screen prints that compose the Cowboys And Indians series in which Warhol takes archetypal figures that capture America’s romanticised vision of the American West. Warhol’s source for this print was a painting entitled Breaking Through the Lines by Charles Schreyvogel. It is the only print in the series in which cowboys and Native Americans are depicted together. The image is typical of the kind of action scene that would have dominated a Western film, and Warhol’s playful use of colour thus draws attention to the way popular culture can distort history.

Action Picture (F. & S. II.381) along with the others in the series, was made using Warhol's signature screen printing method. The print differs to the others in the series due to its subject matter, with the other prints depicting famous historical figures such as Sitting Bull and Annie Oakley, or cultural objects, such as the Kachina dolls. This print is therefore one of the most explicit in demonstrating the mythologising of the historic West in America’s collective imagination.

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