Andy Warhol


Screenprint on Beckett High White paper.
36″ x 36″
Edition of 250 signed in ball-point pen and numbered with a rubber stamp on verso. There are 50 AP signed and numbered in pencil on verso; some signed and numbered in ball-point pen.
Portfolio of 10 screenprints.
Printer: Styria Studio, Inc., New York
Publisher: Castelli Graphics and Multiples, Inc., New York

Andy Warhol – Edition Prints – Mao

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Andy Warhol Mao portfolio is a range of artworks created by artist Andy Warhol.

Andy Warhol’s Mao Tse Tung (1972) is a silk-screen portrait of the Chinese leader that was made in many versions. It is one of the series of silk-screens that he made on the subject of fame. They began in the early 1960s with his many portraits of Marilyn Monroe whose sad death in 1962 led him to contemplation of what it meant to be famous and what it could possibly be worth. The fame of the individuals in these portraits was usually of the Hollywood variety and various representations of Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, and others are among the best known. Usually the different versions employed the same image–sometimes repeatedly within the same piece. In every instance, however, Warhol’s method was to use appropriated images. They were usually taken from the press or from Hollywood promotional materials and adapted for the artist’s purpose.

In these paintings Warhol also made many points about applying mechanized methods of reproduction to “fine arts,” thereby turning fine art into consumer goods. And, by implication, the people in the ‘fame’ portraits were, in a sense, consumer goods themselves. He called his studio “The Factory” and he and his assistants turned out as many as 80 silk-screens per day. Despite all this emphasis on mechanical reproduction, however, he always preferred the signs of the human touch in the work. He could have had them made in a real factory and made so as to be indistinguishable from each other.