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An original double signed offset-lithograph exhibition poster on wove paper by American artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987) titled “The American Indian Series: Ace Gallery”, 1977. Hand signed in black marker by Warhol on right and by Means on left. Only some examples were signed by both Warhol and Means. Edition size unknown, presumed small. Printer unknown and published by Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Poster designed by Warhol and used to promote his American Indian Series work at Ace Gallery in March of 1977. The image featured on this poster is of a painting by Warhol of Native American civil rights activist Russell Means. Publisher’s imprint lower right. Provenance: private collection – Palm Springs, CA; the collector attended the show, purchased the poster and had it personally signed by Warhol in 1977. Final photo of an example being signed copyright Stephen Verona. With full margins (most examples today have since been trimmed). Sheet size: 49.75″ x 34.25″. Image size: 28″ x 23.25″. Occasional minor crease or surface mark. Light edge wear. Creasing in upper left corner. It is otherwise generally in very good condition with strong colors. (Please see pictures). Rare. The signatures are guaranteed authentic.
There were three variations of this poster published by Ace Gallery – in black, red, and blue background. Warhol’s 1976-1977 American Indian series was promoted at three consecutive exhibitions: Flow Ace Gallery in Paris, France in October of 1976, Ace Gallery in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in November of 1976, and lastly Ace Gallery Los Angeles, CA in March of 1977. The posters could be purchased from Ace Gallery and Warhol executed poster signings at all three exhibitions. Native American civil rights activist and subject of Warhol’s American Indian paintings and drawings, Russell Means, also attended each exhibition. Warhol painted 18 portraits of Means during this period, a subject who was in line with Warhol’s efforts to glamorize the marginalized in our society.