Drawn to the lore and lure of the West throughout his life, Warhol’s lifelong fascination culminated with his 1986 series Cowboys and Indians, a print portfolio that represents an important milestone in the artist’s late career and a shift in the conception of contemporary Western American art. The portfolio includes images of 14 iconic Western subjects such as Custer, Geronimo and John Wayne.
One of the last major projects completed prior to his death, Cowboys and Indians received very little critical or public attention at the time of its release and remains one of the most understudied aspects of Warhol’s career. This group of images has been exhibited at many museums, but never in the full context of Warhol’s continued involvement with Western people, places and things. In addition to the prints produced for the portfolio, this exhibition includes 3
prints created that were not included in the final production, source images, items collected by Warhol, as well as personal memorabilia.
The Burnett Foundation