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Orangutan (F. & S. II. 299)

Orangutan (F. & S. II. 299)
Signed Print

Andy Warhol

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

Critical Review

Orangutan (F. & S. II. 299) is part of the Endangered Species series commissioned in 1983 by New York gallerists and environmental activists, Ronald and Frayda Feldman. The series is composed of 10 different prints, each depicting a different endangered species. The purpose of the series was to raise awareness for these rare species and raise the viewers’ environmental consciousness. Warhol had a personal connection with the series as he was very interested in nature and concerned with ecological issues. The artist in fact donated a number of these prints to raising funds for causes supporting wildlife.

The print was made using Warhol’s signature screen printing technique and showcases his experimentation with colour and dynamic lines. By depicting the orangutan in this way, Warhol transforms the animal into an icon of 20th century Pop Art. In doing so, Warhol demands the viewer looks at the image and thinks about the threat posed to species like the orangutan who are in danger of extinction because of humanity’s selfish behaviour.

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