• Zhong Cheng 2015 Autumn Auction「Morden And Contemporary Art」
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    ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987)



    Screenprint on Beckett High White paper 42/250

    Signed on the reverse: Andy Warhol in English, numbered 42/250 and stamped COPYRIGHT © ANDY WARHOL 1972 PRINTED AT STYRIA STUDIO INC.

    Estimate TWD 1,200,000-1,500,000
    USD 37,200-46,400
    HKD 0-0

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Provenance:Private Collection, Asia

Illustrated:"Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné 1962-1987," Distributed Art Publishers, Inc., New York, 1997, Page 79 "Andy Warhol Giant Size," Phaidon Press, London, 2009, Page 507



If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings, and films and me, and there I am. There’s nothing behind it” 
----Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol is one of the most influential artist of the 20th Century, as well as the most significant member and founder of the Pop Art movement. The advance of communication media and commercial art allowed silkscreen prints to mass produce. The subjects of Andy’s lithograph range from famous logos, dollar signs, to well-known celebrities. He transformed the exclusive and luxurious impression of Fine Arts into popular art that can be accessible by all. Andy Warhol changed the way art is viewed; he returned materialism to a rational level, leading New York into new contemporary art era.  
He often uses well-known celebrity portraits, combined and blends with different colors to produce a series of repeated images. In 1972, U.S. President Richard Nixon visited China, for the purpose normalizing the relations between the two countries. The event became a controversial topic at the time thus, inspired Warhol to use political figure Mao Ze Dong as the main subject of his art. Among the political ideologies and Western trend of contemporary mindset, the collision sparked context of a new era. Before Andy’s creation, the portrait of Mao in China was strictly used for political propaganda; furthermore, the Mao once stated “There is in fact no such thing as art for art’s sake, art that stands above class, art that is detached from or independent of politics.” In the late 70s, when Western modernist art became more accepted in China, capitalism and consumer goods fueled a high demand for Pop art. The bright and colorful portraits were revolutionary with its context of popular political figure. Andy Warhol successfully created a series of “Political Pop” that would change the art world as we know it.

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