San Antonio, Texas, June 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Briscoe Western Art Museum is pleased to present Andy Warhol: Cowboys and Indians, featuring works by the legendary artist that portray iconic Western images, and the companion exhibition, Billy Schenck: Myth of the West, by the contemporary artist who founded the Western Pop movement. Both shows run through September 3, 2018 and are included with museum admission.  

Andy Warhol, John Wayne (from Cowboys and Indians), 1986, Screenprint, Courtesy of Jack and Valerie Guenther.© 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Billy Schenck, The Last Sunset, Oil, 2016.

Andy Warhol is the undisputed leader of American Pop Art. The Cowboys and Indians series, Warhol’s last major project before passing in 1987, pays tribute to the archetypal symbols of a popular, romanticized version of the American West. This portfolio of 10 prints includes the likes of famous Western stars and symbols such as Geronimo, John Wayne, Annie Oakley and Teddy Roosevelt. The Briscoe’s Andy Warhol: Cowboys and Indians features the full portfolio plus four additional trial prints offering a time-capsule of American media culture in the 1980s.

“The Briscoe’s highly anticipated Warhol exhibit gives us a unique insight into this influential artist and his fascination with the American West,” said Michael Duchemin, President & CEO of the Briscoe Western Art Museum. “Combined with our companion exhibition by contemporary Western Pop artist Billy Schenck, we are able to draw in an entire new audience and challenge the traditional concept of what constitutes Western art.”

Coinciding with Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians is the Myth of the West exhibit featuring the works of Billy Schenck, one of the original founders of Western Pop Art. Inspired by artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, Schenck’s artwork is known for utilizing cinematic imagery reproduced in a flattened, reductivist style where colors are displayed side-by-side rather than blended or shadowed. Myth of the West is a complete retrospective of the artist’s work and showcases 26 pieces in his distinctive style.

Learn more about the complete schedule of exhibition programming at BriscoeMuseum.org or by calling 210.229.4499. The Briscoe offers extended hours and free admission every Tuesday from 4:00-9:00pm.


About The Briscoe Western Art Museum:

The Briscoe Western Art Museum, named in honor of the late Texas Gov. Dolph Briscoe Jr. and his wife, Janey Slaughter Briscoe, preserves and presents the art, history, and culture of the American West through engaging exhibitions, educational programs, and public events reflective of the region’s rich traditions and shared heritage. Located at 210 W. Market Street along the San Antonio River Walk, the Museum’s campus includes the restored 1930s former San Antonio Public Library building, which now serves as the Museum space with nine galleries on three levels; the three-story Jack Guenther Pavilion, used for event rentals and programs; and the outdoor McNutt Sculpture Garden. For more information about the Briscoe Western Art Museum, visit BriscoeMuseum.org, or follow us on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram @BriscoeMuseum.



Lynn Darden
Briscoe Western Art Museum