Grevy’s Zebra

May 18, 2015
New York, USA

Grevy’s Zebra (1983) by Andy Warhol.

In 1983, Andy Warhol created a series of color screenprints that portrayed endangered animals from around the world: Siberian tiger, San Francisco silverspot, orangutan, Grevy’s zebra, black rhinoceros, bighorn ram, African elephant, pine barrens tree frog, giant panda and bald eagle.

Using brilliant colors and poignant expressions suggestive of the animal’s fate, Andy Warhol creates a dynamic tension between art and reality.

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical reproduction, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century.

As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans, Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color.

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