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John Wayne (blue)

John Wayne (blue)
Signed Print

Andy Warhol

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

Critical Review

Instead of portraying Native Americans within their historical landscape or real Cowboys, Warhol opted to depict archetypal figures and objects that capture America’s romanticised and ahistorical vision of the American West. By depicting Hollywood actor John Wayne, known for his role in Westerns, Warhol makes a political comment on the way in which popular culture distorts history and disseminates inaccurate representations.

The print was made using Warhol's signature screen printing method. The screen printing technique is known for its capacity to mass-produce imagery to be widely distributed, which mirrors the wide-reach of Hollywood Western films. While the print does not capture, with historical accuracy, what the American West was really like, it does reflect the way this region was imaged in the minds of people who avidly consumed Western films, which captures Warhol's fascination with popular culture.

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