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Mao, Yellow by Andy Warhol

Mao, Yellow by Andy Warhol

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Edition Size: 250

Sheet Size: 36" x 36" cm

Reference: II 97


Condition: Pristine

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Title: Mao, Yellow II 97
Year: 1972
Medium: Screenprint on Beckett High White Paper.
Size: 36” x 36”
Edition: Edition of 250, signed in ballpoint pen and numbered with a rubber stamp on verso.

Andy Warhol created this screenprint of Mao Zedong for his 1972 portfolio featuring the former Chairman of the Communist party of China. Reminiscent of the artist’s celebrity portraits, Warhol puts a pop art twist on the image of totalitarian propaganda by depicting Mao in vivid colors typical of his celebrity portraiture. In Mao 97, Andy depicted the Chinese ruler with his normal skin tone, adding a salmon pink color to his lips to match his shirt as if he were wearing lipstick. The subject stands out against the bright yellow background that matches his eyes. The screenprint is decorated with black squiggly lines, used to demonstrate the cult of celebrity that surrounded the Communist Chairman. The image is a sharp contrast to the Communist ideologies Mao represented, which rejected individualism. Andy Warhol took this juxtaposition further by creating the portraits of Mao Zedong in ten different color variations, typical of the pop artist’s method of repetition.

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Andy Warhol was a prolific artist known for his innovative approach to printmaking. He embraced various printmaking techniques, such as screen printing and lithography, to create his iconic works. Warhol’s printmaking practice played a significant role in his exploration of popular culture, celebrity, and consumerism.

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