ANDY WARHOL

20th Century Artists
Bath


"If Warhol can be regarded as an artist of strategy, his choice of Mao as a subject - as the ultimate star - was brilliant. The image of Mao, taken from the portrait photograph reproduced in the chairman's so-called Little Red Book, is probably the one recognized by more of the world's population than any other - a ready-made icon representing absolute political and cultural power. In Warhol's hands this image could be considered ominously and universally threatening, or a parody, or both." Kynaston McShine

Mao

Mao

ANDY WARHOL

1972
Screenprint on Beckett High White paper
Signed in biro pen and inscribed 13/50 A.P.
91.44 x 91.44 cm
Published by: Castelli Graphics and Multiples, Inc., New York
Printed by: Styria Studio, Inc., New York
Note: Mao is one of a series of portraits of the Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong (1893-1976) that Warhol produced in 1972. This image mirrors representations that were displayed throughout China during and after the Cultural Revolution (1966-76). Warhol was undoubtedly drawn to this subject because of the media’s attention to the opening of diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China in the early 1970s.

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