Warhol’s Chairman Mao Will Go to Auction – Carol Vogel

From The New York Times:

In 1971 Andy Warhol is said to have made the deadpan observation that “since fashion is art now, and Chinese is in fashion, I could make a lot of money.” A year later he produced a series of 10 large hand-painted and silk-screened canvases of Mao with such bright brushstrokes that the Chinese leader looked as if he were wearing lipstick and eye shadow.

Too bad Chairman Mao isn’t around to see how, 30 years after his death in 1976, those Warhol paintings remain a symbolic shorthand for consumerist culture. [Full Text]


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