Andy Warhol [no title] 1972

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Artist
Andy Warhol 1928–1987
Title
[no title]
Date 1972
Medium Screenprint on paper
Dimensions Image: 914 x 914 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1984
Reference
P77073
Not on display

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`I''ve been reading so much about China,` Warhol said. `The only picture they ever have is of Mao Zedong. It''s great. It looks like a silkscreen.` Warhol`s portraits of Chairman Mao coincided with President Nixon`s historic visit to Beijing. Like many of Warhol''s subjects, the Communist leader was a contemporary icon. The official portrait used by Warhol appeared everywhere in China, while American radicals also knew it from the cover of the `Little Red Book`, an anthology of Mao''s quotations.

August 2004

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