Andy Warhol, ‘Mao 95 by Andy Warhol’, 1972, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Mao 95 by Andy Warhol’, 1972, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Mao 95 by Andy Warhol’, 1972, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Mao 95 by Andy Warhol’, 1972, Revolver Gallery

Title: Mao (FS II.95)
Medium: Screenprint on Beckett High White Paper.
Year: 1972
Size: 36″ x 36″
Edition: Edition of 250 signed in ball-point pen and numbered with a rubber stamp on verso

Andy Warhol created this print of Mao Zedong, the Former Chairman of the Communist Party of China, for his Mao portfolio in 1972. In the early 1970’s Warhol was creating many commissioned celebrity portraits, which influenced the style of this portfolio. In this print Warhol uses his signature color blocking style to make Mao look more like the celebrities in the West. Set on a background of green, the portrait of Mao is in black and white with hot pink highlights on his hair, clothes, and mouth. Interestingly, Warhol colored Mao’s eyes blue, a very sought after trait in many cultures. Warhol saw that there was the same cult like following of Mao in the East and celebrities in the West after President Nixon’s 1972 visit to China. Creating this portfolio of Mao in the same style as his celebrity portraits, Warhol intentionally portrayed Mao as a worldwide pop icon.

Signature: Signed in ball-point pen and numbered with a rubber stamp on verso.

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, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York