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    Sale 1904

    Post War and Contemporary Art Morning Session

    14 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 196

    Andy Warhol (1928-1987)


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    Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
    stamped with the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board, Inc. stamp and numbered 'A106.999' (on the overlap)
    synthetic polymer and silkscreen inks on canvas
    12 x 10 in. (30.5 x 25.4 cm.)
    Painted in 1973.

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    "If Warhol can be regarded as an artist of strategy, his choice of Mao as a subject - as the ultimate star - was brilliant. The image of Mao, taken from the portrait photograph reproduced in the chairman's so-called Little Red Book, is probably the one recognized by more of the world's population than any other - a ready-made icon representing absolute political and cultural power. In Warhol's hands this image could be considered ominously and universally threatening, or a parody, or both." - Kynaston McShine

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    Leo Castelli, New York
    Jane Holzer, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

    Pre-Lot Text



    Phaidon Editors, Andy Warhol: "Giant" Size, pp. 503 and 617 (illustrated in color).