Thursday, 13 February 2014

Warhol/Mao: On Contradiction

An Andy Warhol canvas of the Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong sold for £7.6 million last night - more than 18 times the price paid last time it went to auction.

Warhol's Mao series was a response to US president Richard Nixon's visit to China in 1972.

He transformed the official portrait of the leader, in this case using the red and yellow colour scheme of the Cultural Revolution.

It was last sold at auction in June 2000 for £421,500...

Andy would be so happy - Mao maybe not so.

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