Written By Devin Hardy
ANDY WARHOL, Cowboys and Indians: Geronimo, II.384, 1986
Acrylic and Charcoal on Canvas, 58” x 32”. Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board, 36” x 36”. Edition: 250, numbered in Roman numerals in pencil and hand-signed by the artist.
Diehl Gallery is pleased to announce the acquisition of Geronimo (FS II.384), a signed and numbered edition print by Andy Warhol from the infamous Cowboys and Indians series.
This iconic portfolio, released in 1986, features a mix of historical and glamorized images from the American West. The use of both real and fictionalized characters from the past speaks to Warhol’s obsession with celebrity and the mass media interpretations of fame that often skew or overshadow the true nature of these historical figures.
Geronimo was the leader and medicine man from the Bedonkohe band of the Apache tribe. When he surrendered to American forces in 1886, he was captured, imprisoned and exploited, often put on display for tourists to harass and demean. This spectacle stripped him of his identity and he became a caricature, a token example of relations between Native Americans and the early colonizers of the West. Warhol's use of this image speaks to his endless fascination with celebrity and the romanticization of fame in all its forms.
The Cowboys and Indians prints are highly sought after and make up one of Warhol's top ten most valuable portfolios of all time. It was one of the last major series that the artist completed before his death in 1987.