Andy Warhol, ‘Mao (FS II.93) by Andy Warhol ’, 1972, Revolver Gallery

Title: Mao (FS II.93)
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 Mao 93 in the style similar to that of his celebrity portraits. Warhol combines the image of totalitarian propaganda and the colors of celebrity portraits to demonstrate the cult of personality surrounding the Chinese ruler. He uses bright colors within the print to mimic individualism and personalization, something that is shunned in Chinese culture. The juxtaposition is taken further with the fact that Warhol created a variety of prints with ranging colors. Warhol created the Mao series during the early 1970s during the time he was being commissioned by celebrities to create their portraits. Mao 93 is part of an edition of 250. The use of green and red as contrasting colors in Mao 93 adds not only to the overall juxtaposition of unique versus similar but to pop art's and Andy Warhol's distinctive bright color pattern.

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