The Briscoe Western Art Museum will present "Andy Warhol: Cowboys and Indians," featuring works by the legendary artist that portray iconic Western images, and the companion exhibition, "Billy Schenck: Myth of the West," by the contemporary artist who founded the Western Pop movement.
Warhol is the undisputed leader of American Pop Art. The Cowboys and Indians series, Warhol’s last major project before passing in 1987, pays tribute to the archetypal symbols of a popular, romanticized version of the American West. This portfolio of 10 prints includes the likes of famous Western stars and symbols such as Geronimo, John Wayne, Annie Oakley and Teddy Roosevelt. This exhibit features the full portfolio plus four additional trial prints offering a time-capsule of American media culture in the 1980s. Only 250 copies of the portfolio were printed.
Schenck is one of the original founders of Western Pop Art. Inspired by artists such as Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, Schenck’s artwork is known for utilizing cinematic imagery reproduced in a flattened, reductivist style where colors are displayed side-by-side rather than blended or shadowed. "Myth of the West" is a complete retrospective of the Schenck’s work and showcases 26 pieces in artist’s distinctive style.