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  • Provenance

    Castelli Graphics and Multiples, Inc., New York

  • Literature

    F. Feldman and J. Schellmann, eds., Andy Warhol Prints: a Ca ogue Raisonné, New York, 1985, pp. 54–55, II. 90–99 (illustrated); F. Feldman and J. Schellmann, eds., Andy Warhol Prints: a Catalogue Raisonné, New York, 2003, pp. 82–83, II. 90–99 (illustrated); S. Bluttal & D. Hickey, eds., Andy Warhol “GIANT” Size, London, 2006, p. 507 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Every time I go out and someone is being elected President or Mayor or something, they stick their images all over the world, and I always think I do those. I always think it’s my work. Isn’t life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?” (The artist in Cast a Cold Eye: The Late Works of Andy Warhol, exh. cat., Gagosian Gallery, New York, 25 October – 22 December 2006, p. 144)
    “Aside from society portraits, the portraits could often pack a political punch. Such as the case with Vote McGovern (1972), which was a contribution to the presidential campaign of George McGovern.
    Instead of a portrait of McGovern, Warhol silk-screened a ghastly green image of President Richard Nixon, the incumbent, with the words “Vote McGovern” scrawled below. Warhol also painted several portraits of China’s Mao Tse-tung, as well creating an edition of wallpaper featuring the communist leader’s face, on which he hung
    other paintings. Warhol often stated that his goal was to obtain the patronage of the dictator, who would then mandate that Warhol’s portrait be place in every governmental office , school, and so on , ensuring the artist unlimited financial opportunities.” (K. Goldsmith, ‘Polaroids and Pictures’, in Andy Warhol: “Giant Size”, London, 2006, p. 450)
     
    Although the Communist leader did not conduct business with the American artist, whose interest in commercialism bordered on the obsessive, the Mao series came to be a pivotal moment in his career. This lot, comprising ten prints, is a astonishing example of Warhol’s mastery over icons and ability to turn any image into an icon of his obsession with fame.

  • Artist Biography

    Andy Warhol

    American • 1928 - 1987

    Known as the “King of Pop,” Andy Warhol was the leading face of the Pop Art movement in the United States in the 1960s. Following an early career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol achieved fame with his revolutionary series of silkscreened prints and paintings of familiar objects like Campbell's soup tins, and celebrities like Marilyn Monroe. Obsessed with popular culture, celebrity, and advertising, Warhol created his slick, seemingly mass-produced images of everyday subject matter from his famed Factory studio in New York City. His use of mechanical methods of reproduction, notably the commercial technique of silk screening, wholly revolutionized art-making.

    Working as an artist, but also director and producer, Warhol produced a number of avant-garde films in addition to managing the experimental rock band The Velvet Underground and founding Interview magazine. A central figure in the New York art scene until his untimely death in 1987, Warhol was notably a mentor to such artists as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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Mao

1972
The complete set of ten screenprints in colours, on Becket High White paper.
Each: 91.4 x 91.4 cm. (36 x 36 in).
Each signed in ball point pen and stamp-numbered on the reverse, from the edition of 250, the colours bright and fresh, all in very good condition, unframed.

Estimate
£250,000 - 350,000 

Sold for £469,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

13 October 2010
London