Andy Warhol, Giant Panda from Endangered Species Series, 1983

Artist: Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)
Title:Giant Panda, from the Endangered Species Series, 1983
Reference:FS II.295
Series:Endangered Species, 1983
Medium:Screenprint in colors on Lenox Museum Board
Image Size:38 in x 38 in (96.5 x 96.5 cm)
Sheet Size:38 in x 38 in (96.5 x 96.5 cm)
Framed Size:40 in x 40 in (101.6 cm x 101.6 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 150 in pencil in the lower left. Printed by Rupert Jasen Smith, New York; published by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Inc., New York.
Signature:This work is hand-signed by Andy Warhol (Pennsylvania, 1928 - New York, 1987) in pencil in lower left.
Condition:This screenprint is in excellent condition, with bright and vivid colors.
ID #w-7926

Historical Description

In the case of Andy Warhol Giant Panda, from the Endangered Species Series, 1983, the artist was asked by a group of environmental activists to create a portfolio of endangered species that showed the breadth and variety. Warhol agreed and Endangered Species series was born in 1983. This screenprint shows a very colorful giant panda, created through mostly warm colors - oranges, pinks, and reds. There is some dark outlining of the figure, but the background is white except for a blue-gray shadow that the panda casts. The intense reds coming up the forelegs of the panda are mirrored in the space around the eyes, and together with the concept for the series, create an almost violent color palate. The panda sits placidly - helpless and unable to stop the red from swallowing it.

Created in 1983 Andy Warhol Giant Panda as a part of the Endangered Species Series, this screenprint is hand-signed by Andy Warhol (Pennsylvania, 1928 - New York, 1987) in pencil in lower left. Printed by Rupert Jasen Smith, New York; published by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Inc., New York.

Andy Warhol Endangered Species Screenprints Series:

In 1983, Warhol was commissioned by Ron Feldman, his publisher, and his wife Freyda, to create the Endangered Species Series. The goal was to highlight animals that were endangered and increase awareness around environmental consciousness and conservation. Warhol used bright and saturated colors to create these animal portraits, and he referred to this portfolio as his “animals in make-up” because of this.

The Andy Warhol Endangered Species series is a collection of 10 silk-screened prints created by the famous American artist Andy Warhol in 1983. The series was commissioned by Ronald and Frayda Feldman, who were art collectors and environmental activists. The prints were intended to raise awareness about the plight of endangered animals and to highlight the importance of conservation efforts.

Each of the 10 prints in the series features a different endangered animal. The subjects include the Siberian Tiger, Black Rhinocerous, Bighorn Ram, Grevy's Zebra, Orangutan, Silverspot ButterflyPine Barrens Tree Frog, African Elephant, and Giant Panda.

Warhol created the Endangered Species series at a time when the world was becoming increasingly aware of the dangers facing many animal species. Through his art, Warhol aimed to draw attention to the urgent need for conservation and preservation efforts to protect these animals and their habitats.

The prints in the series are visually striking, featuring bright, bold colors and strong graphic images that are characteristic of Warhol's signature pop-art style. They are considered some of the most iconic works in Warhol's oeuvre and have become highly sought-after by collectors and art enthusiasts alike.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Andy Warhol Giant Panda from the Endangered Species, 1983 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 final sale of the work).

1. Feldman, Frayda and Jörg Schellmann. Andy Warhol Prints, A Catalogue Raisonné, 1989. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. II. 295.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work

About the Framing:
Andy Warhol screenprint Giant Panda from the Endangered Species, 1983 is framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a complimentary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.