Andy Warhol, Mao from the New York Collection for Stockholm (F&S II. 89), 1973 Pigment print Sequential Xerox Print on Typewriter Paper. Pencil signed and numbered by Andy Warhol (unique variant)
Mao from the New York Collection for Stockholm (F&S II. 89), 1973
11 × 8 1/2 in
27.9 × 21.6 cm
Edition of 300 (unique variant)
This work is from the legendary New York Collection for Stockholm portfolio. It is hand signed and numbered from the limited edition of 300 - with each one, including the present work, completely unique. What makes this piece one of the most important and valuable of the entire edition is that it features one of the most identifiable and representative images of Mao of the entire edition - as each time the work was printed, the image of Mao became more distorted and abstracted. This is one of the lowest available in the edition of 300; with the progression of each successive work, it becomes more abstracted. Other editions of this work were featured in the most recent Andy Warhol retrospective at the Whitney Museum. (see photographs). That's how extremely rare, unique and desirable this work is! The information plaque on the wall at the Whitney Museum describes the edition as follows:
"Warhol produced these works at the invitation of Billy Kluver and Julie Martin of Experiments of Art & Technology (E.A.T.), a group that promoted collaborations between artists and engineers. Using only a photocopier, Warhol instructed Martin to make three hundred sequential copies of an original drawing of Mao using each successive copy as the course for the next...Because of a device built into the machine to prevent the counterfeiting of money, Martin found that the image of Mao was enlarged by a small percentage each time and thus distorted with every consecutive copy. Warhol embraced this element of chance, and by the final, three hundredth print, the image of Mao had become completely abstract.."
(see photograph of the Wall plaque)
Signed & numbered in ball-point pen verso by Andy Warhol
Stamped in black verso, © Copyright 1973 Andy Warhol
Printed by Julie Martin, New York
published by Experiments in Art and Technology, New York
Frayda Feldman and Jorg Schellmann, Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonne: 1962-1987, Fourth Edition, D.A.P., New York, 2003,Catalogue Reference F&S II. 89; another impression reproduced in color page 80, an additional 3 impressions reproduced on page 164.
Museum Collections (other editions)
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Exhibitions (other editions)
Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again, Nov 12, 2018–Mar 31, 2019, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again, May 19, 2019–Sep 2, 2019, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Fransisco
Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again, Oct 20, 2019–Jan 26, 2020, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Leo Castelli exhibition of New York for Stockholm Portfolio to benefit Moderna Museet:
Walker Art Center Leo Castelli Gallery Brooklyn Museum Pop Impressions Europe/USA, Museum of Modern Art and dozens of other venues