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Andy Warhol: Kachina Dolls (F. & S. II.381) - Signed Print

Kachina Dolls (F. & S. II.381)
Signed Print

Andy Warhol


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Screenprint, 1986
Signed Print Edition of 250
H 90cm x W 90cm

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Critical Review

This print captures the way in which Warhol took archetypal figures and objects of the American West to inspire the prints in the series. Kachina dolls were used in coming of age rituals amongst Native American tribes to instruct young women about the spirits who control the natural world. The way in which Warhol has appropriated this cultural object and transformed it using his signature style into a popular culture icon reflects how visions of the American West were distorted and romanticised through popular culture.

Focussing on symbolic objects, this print differs from others in the series in which Warhol depicts famous figures of American history, such as Sitting Bulland Geronimo, or actors like John Wayne who starred in Western films. Rendered against a black backdrop, extracting the Kachina dolls from their historical context, Warhol makes a political comment on the way in which mass-produced and idealised images of national history in popular culture can simplify or erase particular histories. In Kachina Dolls (F. & S. II.381), the artist draws attention to popular interpretations of the American West to create an ironic political commentary on mass media and the way in which imagery can affect perceptions of history.

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