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Howdy Doody by Andy Warhol
Howdy Doody was a popular freckle-faced marionette in the children’s television show Howdy Doody, which aired in the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s and incorporated circus and Western frontier themes. Howdy Doody is part of Warhol’s Myths portfolio, which also included characters such as Superman, Mickey Mouse, and Dracula. Unlike many of his well-known works which were appropriated from the mass media, Warhol’s reproduction of Howdy Doody’s image is based on a photograph of the original Howdy Doody that Warhol took himself.
Howdy Doody by Andy Warhol
The Myths Portfolio is one of Andy Warhol’s most sought after collections. Andy Warhol’s Myths collection contains ten screen prints of iconic mythical figures, including Santa Claus, Superman and Howdy Doody, among many others.From the 1960s on, Andy Warhol exhibited an unerring sense for the powerful motifs of his time – contemporary images that capture the modern imagination as completely as the gods and goddesses of ancient mythology once did.
In Myths, Warhol’s 1981 portfolio of 10 screen prints, he was referring not to remote civilizations, but to the beginnings of the cinema and the imaginary characters loved and recognized by millions all over the world. Most images in Warhol’s Myths series are taken from old Hollywood films or 1950s television and portray the universal view of America’s once enchanted and powerful past. Included in the series are characters loved by children such as Superman, Howdy Doody, and Santa Claus, as well as fictional figures like Dracula, The Wicked Witch of the West, and Uncle Sam.
Mickey Mouse is a cartoon character that was created by illustrator, Walt Disney in 1928. He was created as a replacement for another character, because of copyright issues. The sketch eventually became the mascot of the Disney brand and a character adored by children for generations since its creation. Andy Warhol soon recognized the fact that Mickey Mouse was a huge icon in pop culture and so made him an integral part of his Myth series. Warhol wanted to reflect the origins of cinema and present fantasy characters that were loved by millions of people worldwide.
About the Artist:
More than twenty years after his death, Andy Warhol remains one of the most influential figures in contemporary art and culture. Warhol’s life and work inspire creative thinkers worldwide thanks to his enduring imagery, his artfully cultivated celebrity, and the ongoing research of dedicated scholars. His impact as an artist is far deeper and greater than his one prescient observation that “everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes.” His omnivorous curiosity resulted in an enormous body of work that spanned every available medium and most importantly contributed to the collapse of boundaries between high and low culture.
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