Mao Portfolio (set of 10)

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  • Provenance

    Alan Brown Gallery, Hartsdale, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Warhol in Colorado, Myhren Gallery, University of Denver, 2011 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    Frayda Feldman and Jörg Schellmann, Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné 1962–1987,
    New York, 2003, pp. 82–83

  • Catalogue Essay

    “ I don’t think art should be only for the select few, I think it should be for the mass of American people and they usually accept art anyway … I’m not the High Priest of Pop Art … I’m just one of the workers in it.” ANDY WARHOL

    1972 marked the year President Richard Nixon travelled to China for the state visit to meet Chairman Mao Zedong with the goal of improving relations between the two countries. This event was widely covered by the media, making the portrait of Mao a potent image of political and cultural power. Having a keen eye for celebrity and popular imagery, Andy Warhol completed a series of ten colour screenprints that were based on Mao’s portrait. The optical effects of colour, the marks of the brush and the gestural drawings around the face used in this series manifest the new direction of Warhol’s style turning away from the mechanical-looking modality of his earlier screenprints.

  • Artist Bio

    Andy Warhol

    American • 1928 - 1987

    Andy Warhol was the leading exponent of the Pop Art movement in the U.S. 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, such as Campbell's soup tins, and celebrities, such as 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 also a mentor to such artists as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

     

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Mao Portfolio (set of 10)

1972
the complete set of ten screenprints in colours, on Beckett High White paper
each: 91.4 × 91.4 cm (36 × 36 in)
Each signed in ball-point pen and stamp numbered on the reverse. This work is number one from the edition of 250 plus 50 artist’s proofs and is co-published by Castelli Graphics and Multiples, Inc., New York.

Estimate
£500,000 - 700,000 

sold for £577,250

Contemporary Art Evening

10 October 2012
London