Exhibitions/ Art Object

Chairman Mao

Artist:
Unknown (Chinese)
Maker:
Retouched by Chen Shilin (Chinese, born 1930)
Person in Photograph:
Person in photograph Mao Zedong (Chinese, 1893–1976)
Date:
1964
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 30.5 x 23.3 cm (12 x 9 3/16 in.) Frame: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Twentieth-Century Photography Fund, 2011
Accession Number:
2011.368
Not on view
During his thirty-three-year reign, Mao Zedong’s personality cult was fortified by a series of official portraits in which the aging visage of the Great Leader was painstakingly retouched to project an image of flawless benevolence. This portrait served as the frontispiece to Quotations from Chairman Mao, known in the West as the “Little Red Book,” and was omnipresent in the Chinese landscape during the waning years of the Cultural Revolution. The image achieved fame outside China when Andy Warhol used it as the basis of a series of silkscreens in 1973.
Inscription: Stamped in blue ink, verso BL: [Chinese characters]
[Gary Edwards Gallery, Washington, DC, until 2011]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," October 10, 2012–January 27, 2013.

Mia Fineman, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," October 10, 2012–January 27, 2013.

Earl A. Powell III, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," February 17, 2013–May 5, 2013.

Earl A. Powell III, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," February 17, 2013–May 5, 2013.

Gary Tinterow, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," June 2, 2013–August 25, 2013.

Gary Tinterow, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," June 2, 2013–August 25, 2013.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "China: Through the Looking Glass," May 7, 2015–August 16, 2015.

China: Through the Looking Glass.

FINEMAN, MIA. Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. no. 69, pp., 94, 226.



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