Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) Mao:
1972, signed and initialed in black felt-tip marker and dedicated ‘to Janet Solinger,’ signed again in blue ball-point pen and stamp-numbered 236/250 verso (there were also 50 artist’s proofs pencil signed and numbered), the full sheet, Castelli Graphics and Multiples, Inc., New York, co-publishers and with the artist’s copyright inkstamp verso. Color screenprint on Beckett High White paper.
[Feldman & Schellmann, II.99]
(sheet: 36 x 36 in. (91.4 x 91.4cm))
The sheet rippled throughout as is common with works from this series. The paper is somewhat stiff, and exhibits toning/some darkening in the uninked areas and on verso. With a series of approximately 10 shallow vertical cracks in the ink, each measuring between 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches up the center of the sheet mainly through the subject’s neck, face and forehead. Additionally there are two in the turquoise at right near the black squiggle and shoulder/neck, two at lower left, as well as larger (approx. 5-inch) crescent-shaped crack in the turquoise at upper left corner, a few in the green including lower center and an ‘x’ shaped small crack at lower right corner. The sheet edges showing wear and a few short nicks or creases. Hinged/taped to the support in four places at the reverse (showing through slightly); the lower two were cut to allow examination of the sheet verso. Overall, generally in good, original condition.
Frame: 36 1/2 x 36 1/2 x 2 in.