Andy Warhol, Annie Oakley, from the Cowboys and Indians Series, 1986

Artist: Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)
Title:Annie Oakley, from the Cowboys and Indians Series, 1986
Reference:FS IIB.378
Series:Cowboys and Indians Series, 1986
Medium:Color Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board
Image Size:36 in x 36 in (91.4 cm x 91.4 cm)
Sheet Size:36 in x 36 in (91.4 cm x 91.4 cm)
Framed Size:approx. 44 13/16 in x 44 13/16 in (113.8 cm x 113.8 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 250 in pencil in lower left. Each print is unique; published by Gaultney, Klineman Art, Inc., New York; printed by Rupert Jasen Smith, New York.
Signature:This work is hand signed by Andy Warhol (Pennsylvania, 1928 – New York, 1987) in pencil in the lower left.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-6794

Historical Description

Andy Warhol Annie Oakley screenprint from the Cowboys and Indians Series, 1986 shows the sharpshooter ready for a performance, donning a hat and adorned with copious medals on her chest. These medals take up much of the viewer’s attention; the color of her face is relatively muted compared to the oranges and red-pinks of the medals on her chest. The use of contrasting linework to trace the medals’ outlines accentuates this focus on her accomplishments rather than her person.

Much like his portrayals of other popular figures in the Cowboys and Indians series, such as John Wayne, Andy Warhol’s Annie Oakley is focused on her celebrity rather than her life or background. Annie Oakley, whose real name was Phoebe Ann Mosey, rose to fame as part of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. Cowboys and Indians explores the idealized version of the West and its icons. Known as “Little Sure Shot,” Oakley was one of these icons. She quickly became the most popular performer in the Wild West show from her role in its national and international tours, becoming a symbol of the American West both in the United States and internationally.

Created in 1986, Andy Warhol’s Annie Oakley is a color screenprint on Lenox Museum Board and is hand signed in the lower left corner in pencil. It is a unique work of an edition of 250, published by Gaultney, Klineman Art Inc., New York and printed by Rupert Jason Smith, New York.

Andy Warhol Cowboys and Indians Series:

Andy Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians series of 1986 consists of ten prints each depicting their own respective subject—John Wayne, Annie Oakley, Kachina Dolls, Geronimo, Buffalo Nickel, Tonto, Theodore Roosevelt, General George Custer, Plains Indian Shield, and Northwest Coast Mask. Featuring images of famous American Western icons, Warhol’s series explores the relationship between Native Americans and Hollywood's portrayal of them in Western films. Warhol, being fascinated with celebrity culture, uses these famous figures to examine ways in which fame and popular culture intersect with history and myth.

The Cowboys and Indians series was also created during a time at which Warhol was exploring his own Native American heritage. His mother was of Ruthenian and Carpatho-Rusyn descent, but Warhol claimed that his father was of Slovakian and Native American ancestry.

Overall, the Cowboys and Indians series reflects Warhol's interest in American culture and history, as well as his fascination with celebrity and the intersection of art and commerce.

This screenprint is part of a portfolio of works Warhol created in 1986 titled Cowboys and Indians. Other works in the Cowboys and Indians Series include General CusterSitting BullKachina DollsGeronimoAnnie Oakley, War Bonnet Indian, Buffalo Nickel, Action Picture, Northwest Coast Mask, Plains Indians Shield, Mother and Child, Indian Head Nickel, and Teddy Roosevelt.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Andy Warhol, Annie Oakley, from the Cowboys and Indians Series, 1986 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).

1. Feldman, Frayda and Jörg Schellmann. Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné 1962 – 1987, 4th Ed. New York: Distributed Art Publishers, Inc., 2003. 

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Andy Warhol Annie Oakley, from the Cowboys and Indians Series, 1986  is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

Subject Matter: Femme Portrait