The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art gets another infusion of pop art when “Warhol’s West” opens on Oct. 2.
Organized by Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, and the Cochran Collection from LaGrange, Georgia, the exhibition explores through artworks and objects iconic pop artist Andy Warhol’s surprising fascination with the American West.
It features a range of works Warhol made of Western imagery, including his last major suite of prints from 1986, Cowboys and Indians. In the series, Warhol interprets 19th century history through the lens of pop culture visions of the West, in his signature, immediately recognizable style. Famous figures portrayed include Geronimo, Annie Oakley, Sitting Bull and Theodore Roosevelt.
“We are proud to host this exhibition celebrating Andy’s little-known appreciation of the American West,” curator Emily Kapes said in a news release. “With so many different perspectives within his work and the Western experience, we see this exhibition as an opportunity to fully explore Andy Warhol’s affinity for the West, which was well represented in his travels, art, movies, and fashion.”
“Warhol’s West” will remain on view through Jan. 9. The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call 727-892-4200 or visit thejamesmuseum.org.