At Corcoran Gallery of Art, Andy Warhol’s ‘Mao’ Anchors Pop Art Exploration of Politics

“Mao,” 1973 (synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas) by Andy Warhol

WASHINGTON, DC—According to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, “In the 1950s and 1960s, Pop artists began experimenting with new ways of making work, mixing high and low culture, and bringing elements of mass production into the realm of fine art.”

The museum’s “Pop and Politics” exhibit includes work by Kerry James Marshall, Robert Colescott, Jane Hammond and Andy Warhol.

The exhibit copy continues: “With its charged subject matter, whimsical colors, and commercial silkscreen aesthetic, Andy Warhol’s 1973 portrait of Mao Zedong represents the ultimate union of politics and popular culture.”

Photo by Arts Observer

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