With Certificate COA. Andy Warhol, “The American Indian Russell Means”, Signed Print. From a signed VIP Book, 1976. Hand signed by Andy Warhol in blue pen. Framed
Size: 10.24 x 8.07 in (26.5 x 20.5 cm)
Andy Warhol was an American artist who was the leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, he studied commercial art and quickly developed a reputation for his work. He moved to New York, where he opened The Factory, which became a gathering place for everyone from artists to street people to celebrities. Warhol was a prolific artist and printmaker, and he moved from one subject matter to the next as he studied and documented the evolution of popular culture. His most famous works, of course, are those of the Campbell’s Soup cans, Marilyn Monroe, China’s Chairman Mao, the celebrities who frequented the Factory and were his friends and sponsors, and of his cats. But his work did not stop with those themes. He produced art linked to major (and not-so-major) events in the news, cartoon characters, cars, flowers, and numerous other subjects. These original works of art and the prints made of them are featured in many museums and private collections, most notably in the dedicated museum build in his honor in Pittsburgh, PA.
Russell Charles Means (November 10, 1939 – October 22, 2012) was an Oglala Lakotaactivist for the rights of Native Americans, libertarian political activist, actor, writer and musician, who became a prominent member of the American Indian Movement (AIM) after joining the organization in 1968 and helped organize notable events that attracted national and international media coverage.
Means was active in international issues of indigenous peoples, including working with groups in Central and South America and with the United Nations for recognition of their rights. He was active in politics at his native Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and at the state and national level.
Beginning an acting career in 1992, he appeared on numerous television series and in several films, including The Last of the Mohicans and Natural Born Killers and released his own music CD. He published his autobiography Where White Men Fear to Tread in 1995.