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Howdy Doody (F. & S. II.263)

Howdy Doody (F. & S. II.263)
Signed Print

Andy Warhol

Screenprint, 1981
Signed Print Edition of 200
H 99cm x W 99cm

Critical Review

Unlike much of his other work that appropriate imagery from the mass media, the images in the Myths series are based on a reproductions of original Polaroid photographs taken by Warhol himself. Calling upon actors and friends to play the roles of these fantastical characters, Warhol went through an elaborate process involving make up and costumes to create the resulting dynamic prints. Taken form 1950s television and old Hollywood films, the series works to display a universal view of America’s once enthralling past. It is said that each character in the Myths Series is representative of a different component of Warhol’s personality.

Howdy Doody (F. & S. II.263) shows the fictional character in vivid primary colours set against a contrasting dark backdrop, providing the figure with an illuminous glow. Warhol also uses his trademark crayon-like line drawing to contour the image, emphasising the graphic style.

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