Andy Warhol’s Endangered Species
Andy Warhol’s complete set of ten screenprints of Endangered Species will take the spotlight at Sotheby’s London in an auction of Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints on 19 March 2013. Estimated to bring £250,000-300,000, the Endangered Species project was the result of a conversation between Warhol and Frayda and Ronald Feldman, his New York art dealers, concerning the ecological issue of beach erosion. The vibrantly coloured screenprints, produced in 1983, were described as ‘animals in make-up’ by Warhol.
They are all portrayed majestically yet betray a poignant resignation to their fate. Placed in isolation as individual prints, they are positioned on the same level of elevation as the artist’s illustrious screenprints of 20th-century icons, such as Marilyn Monroe, Liz Taylor and Muhammad Ali.