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Andy Warhol

Mao Tse-Tung

(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1928 - 1987)

1972

Screenprint paper

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of Stanley Davis

1981.46 a-j

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Andy Warhol added Mao Tse-Tung to the celebrities he featured in his work when President Richard Nixon’s historic visit to China in 1972 drew attention to the country’s leader. These portraits are from a portfolio of ten screen prints of Mao that Warhol created that year. All are based on the image used as the frontispiece of Mao’s The Little Red Book, a compilation of his quotations. The dramatically different colors and gestural marks applied over and around Mao’s face gives each print a distinctive presence. Warhol subsequently portrayed Mao in paintings, prints and drawings, as well as on wallpaper, certainly appreciating the irony of commodifying the Communist icon.

Keywords
American
Screen print
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Chinese
Communist
Pop Art
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