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Plains Indian Shield (F. & S. II.382) - Signed Print by Andy Warhol 1986 - MyArtBroker

Plains Indian Shield (F. & S. II.382)
Signed Print

Andy Warhol


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

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Meaning & Analysis

Warhol juxtaposes the less familiar, authentic Native American emblems in the Cowboys and Indians series with appropriated images of famous actors from Western films. Playing into ideas of the mass-produced screen print and setting the shield against a plain white background, Warhol reduces an entire heritage and way of life into a single symbolic image. Plains Indian Shield is an a historical representation of a Plains Indians artifact that works to create an ironic commentary on popular interpretations of the American West that are seen in Western films.

Using bright, harmonising colours and a reductionist style, Warhol’s print is a beautiful object that celebrates the Plains Indians culture in the style of a 1980s pop icon. By contrasting themes of fame and anonymity, the ahistorical and the authentic, Warhol seeks to unpack the concept of the classic American icon in popular culture.

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