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Bighorn Ram (F. & S. II.302)

Bighorn Ram (F. & S. II.302)
Signed Print

Andy Warhol

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

Critical Review

Bighorn Ram (F. & S. II.302) is part of the Endangered Species series commissioned in 1983 by New York gallerists and environmental activists, Ronald and Frayda Feldman. This series is composed of 10 prints, each depicting a unique endangered species. The goal of the series was to raise awareness around the threat mankind is posing to wildlife and the natural ecosystem. Warhol himself was very interested in nature and animals, as demonstrated in his other series like Cow and Flowers. His concern for ecological issues was further demonstrated in 1986 when, after producing this series, Warhol went on to collaborate with Kurt Benirschke on a book called Vanishing Animals about lesser-known endangered animals.

The print was made using Warhol’s signature screen printing technique which transforms the Bighorn Ram, animating it with Warhol’s Pop Art aesthetic. Warhol’s creative use of colour and inventive exploration of gestural lines brings dynamism to the print, demanding the viewer pay attention to this threatened animal.

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