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Andy Warhol: San Francisco Silverspot Butterfly (F. & S. II 298) - Signed Print

San Francisco Silverspot Butterfly (F. & S. II 298)
Signed Print

Andy Warhol


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

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Critical Review

San Francisco Silverspot Butterfly (F. & S. II 298) 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 different endangered species. The purpose of the series was to raise awareness about the environment and the threat humanity is causing to wildlife. The series reflects Warhol’s personal interest in and concern for nature and the environment. The artist took part in campaigning for ecological issues such as beach erosion and, after Warhol’s death, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts donated 15 acres of Warhol’s protected beachfront in Montauk, New York, to the Nature Conservancy in 1992.

The print was made using Warhol’s signature screen printing technique. Unlike other prints in the series in which the animals are rendered against a plain coloured backdrop, the Silverspot Butterfly is superimposed on a picture of grass in an uncharacteristic purple. In doing this, Warhol transforms the Butterfly into a Pop Art icon, elevating the butterfly into the realm of fine art, and demanding people look at it and take notice of this endangered species.

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