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Black Rhinoceros (F. & S. II.301)

Black Rhinoceros (F. & S. II.301)
Signed Print

Andy Warhol

Screenprint, 1983
Signed Print Edition of 150
H 96cm x W 96cm

Critical Review

Commissioned in 1983 by celebrated political activists and philanthropists Ronald and Frayda Felmen to produce the series, this work marks Warhol’s passion for environmentalism and the philanthropic power of his Pop Art screen prints. Referring to the series has his ‘animals in makeup’, Warhol produces larger than life images of these animals with excessively saturated hues and surreal colour contrasts.

Black Rhinoceros (F. & S. II. 301) shows a photographic image of the animal rendered in bright blue blocks of colour, set against a solid orange backdrop and contoured with bold, red crayon-like outlines. The resulting image is reminiscent of Warhol’s iconic portrayals of superstar celebrities like his Marilyn (1962) and Liz series (1964), thus immortalising the image of the endangered animal into a Pop Art icon.

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