Warhol 'Cowboys and Indians' exhibit opens Aug. 23 at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute near Pendleton

Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldAugust 15, 2013 

An exhibition of paintings by Andy Warhol - Cowboys and Indians - will visit the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute near Pendleton from Aug. 23 to Oct. 26.

Warhol was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, and his art forged a new visual art movement called Pop Art.

Cowboys and Indians is a collection of prints published in 1986 and is believed to be his last series of paintings before he died in 1987.

There are 10 large formatted silkscreen prints. They include familiar icons of popular western culture like Annie Oakley, John Wayne, General Custer and Teddy Roosevelt, as well as familiar American Indian images of Geronimo, Indian Head Nickel, Mother and Child, Northwest Coast Mask, Kachina Dolls and Plains Indian Shield.

The exhibit is on loan from the Rockwell Museum in Corning, N.Y.

Warhol was a collector of American Indian artifacts, some of which are included in the exhibition. He used random colors to manipulate his images, according to biography.com.

James Peck, curator of the Rockwell Museum, wrote in a news release that "Cowboys and Indians deftly tapped into that vast reservoir of powerful images that somehow relate to reality, but also mystify it."

Warhol also was a renowned magazine and advertising illustrator who ventured into a wide range of art forms, including performance art, filmmaking, video installations and writing.

The Warhol exhibition coincides with Tamástslikt's 15th anniversary. An opening celebration is from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 23 at the institute, which is next door to Wildhorse Resort & Casino. Admission to the celebration is free.

Regular hours for the cultural institute are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily throughout the summer. Regular admission is $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. A family of four costs $17. Admission is free on the first Friday of each month.

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @dorioneal

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