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Andy Warhol: African Elephant (F. & S. II.293) - Signed Print

African Elephant (F. & S. II.293)
Signed Print

Andy Warhol

POA

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Screenprint, 1983
Signed Print Edition of 150
H 97cm x W 97cm

Critical Review

African Elephant (F. & S. II.293) is part of the Endangered Species series, commissioned in 1983 by New York gallerists and environmental activists, Ronald and Frayda Feldman. The aim of the commission was to raise awareness about threatened wildlife and the threat of climate change, hunting and deforestation on the natural ecosystem. This series is more political than Warhol’s other series like Ads or Campbell’s Soup, which focus on consumer culture and commercialism. The series is also more personal than the other series focussing on everyday consumer goods, as Warhol himself was an animal lover and had a keen interest in nature and wildlife.

The print was made using Warhol’s signature screen printing technique. The overstated multicoloured gestural lines emphasise the elephant’s grandeur and impressive physique, adding dynamism to its body in motion. By transforming the elephant into a work of Pop Art, Warhol is demanding people look at it and pay attention to the threat humanity is posing to this species’ existence. Through the Pop Art aesthetic, the elephant becomes a cultural icon that is impossible to ignore.

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