My interests in art and the environment don’t often collide, so I was surprised to see Andy Warhol mentioned on ENN (the environmentally friendly CNN). He’s the last person I would of expected to see on the Environmental News Network.
Even more surprisingly, they’re talking about an exhibition of Warhol’s called “Silent Spring: Andy Warhol’s Endangered Species and Vanishing Animals”, showing at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Wyoming.
Andy Warhol and endangered animals? I would expect Andy Warhol to paint famous animals like Lassie and Flipper or even Skippy, but who would have thought he was also painting endangered species?!
Here’s an excerpt from the exhibition notes at the Wildlife Museum..
“The Endangered Species portfolio was commissioned from Warhol by the art dealers Ronald and Frayda Feldman. The idea for the portfolio was born after conversations with Warhol about ecological issues, including beach erosion. Warhol owned beachfront property on Long Island, and undeveloped acreage in Colorado. Today, the loss of habitat and biodiversity are urgent topics as the impact of development reaches critical thresholds.
While Warhol is best known for his pop art and films, his interest in nature was lifelong. As a child he drew animals in science class at Holmes School, kept a flower garden in the family’s yard, and drew in parks and conservatories in and around Pittsburgh. Later in his life Warhol created his Cow and Fish Wallpaper, the film Sunset, and hundreds of paintings, prints, and drawings of flowers.”