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Title: Andy Warhol – Mao II.95
Medium Screenprint on Beckett High white paper
Size: 36″ x 36″
Estimate: $35,000 – $75,000
Details: Warhol presents Mao Zedong (1893-1976) in a style reminiscent of his celebrity portraits. He fuses together the image of totalitarian propaganda and the colors found in his celebrity art to demonstrate the cult of personality surrounding the Chinese ruler. He uses bright colors and applies them in a makeup-like fashion as a form of personalization, a sharp contrast to Communist ideologies, which shunned individualism. This juxtaposition is taken further by the number of variations Warhol made of this image.
This print was framed for the first time when added to our inventory. This print is a unsigned printers proof (PP), outside the edition of 250. Print has Styria Stamp on back. Others in the same suite (from same original owner) sold in Christie’s in 2013 for between $45,000 to $63,000.
Andy Warhol created the Mao series during the early 1970s when he was taking many commissions for celebrities. Celebrity portraits developed into a significant aspect of his career and a main source of income. Other series produced during this time are the Mick Jagger series, Muhammad Ali series and unpublished works of various celebrities such as Truman Capote.
Portfolio consists of 10 screenprints. Printed by Styria Studio, Inc., New York. Published by Castelli Graphics and Multiples, Inc., New York.
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