Andy Warhol, ‘Mao’, 1972, Phillips

Condition: One handling crease in the forehead, six in the light blue ink at the right of the head, two in the lower right green shirt (all with associated cracking of the ink, mainly visible in raking light), a small tear at the center right sheet edge (measures 1/4 inch, not distracting), occasional minute ink loss at the extreme sheet edges, two spots of ink loss at the lower center sheet edge (measuring 1/16 x 1/4 and 1/8 x 1/8 inches), minor cracking of the inks at the upper left extreme sheet edge, pale time staining, mottled staining on the reverse.

In our opinion this work is in good condition.

F: within a black wood frame under Plexiglas.
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: Signed in blue ball-point pen and stamp-numbered 164/250 on the reverse (there were also 50 artist's proofs), with the artist and printer's copyright inkstamp on the reverse, published by Castelli Graphics and Multiples, Inc., New York, framed.

Frayda Feldman and Jörg Schellmann 99

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, PA, United States, based in New York, NY, United States