Warhol Prints Recommendations

Warhol Prints Recommendations

Warhol prints are a fun and relatively inexpensive way for young and new collectors to begin their collections. It is also a good training ground, as you can explore and test different theories of collecting in rapid time: do you wish to go broad, deep or specific?
Broad would be collecting all different types of prints; deep would be collecting thematically, e.g. world leaders; specific would be going in to particular images and their variations, e.g. Chairman Mao.

1st Dibs has numerous prints for sale right now, and we have curated our recommendations based upon a broad strategy of focusing on world leaders. 


Queen Elizabeth II Purple
Warhol’s portraits of Queen Elizabeth II was part of his reigning queen series and was developed from a photograph taken of the queen in 1977 during her silver jubilee. The series also included portraits of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Warhol’s portrait of Elizabeth II is about as iconic as it gets, and whether you focus on creating a collection of world leaders or not, it should still be a staple of your collection.


Vote McGovern 84
Not unlike artists have done of late for President Obama’s campaigns, Warhol created the original Vote McGovern image in order to raise funds for George McGovern’s campaign against Richard Nixon in 1972. But rather than produce a flattering image of McGovern (like he did for Jimmy Carter) Warhol created an unflattering image of his candidate’s opponent, and clarified his position by scrawling on the bottom: “Vote McGovern”.

Red Lenin
Andy Warhol’s portrait of the Russian political leader, Vladimir Lenin, diverges from many of the conventions that seem to define Warhol’s oeuvre. In this piece, Lenin is set against a deep red backdrop, with minimal lines, only employed to distinguish his face and hand. The print lacks the contrast and details that characterize so many of Warhol’s prints. The only aspect of the print that is not enveloped by the solid block of a deep, crimson red is the yellow of Lenin’s face and hand and the gray of his collar and armrest. The lack of extraneous detail and color deters the viewer from focusing on anything else other than the face of the communist maverick who is one of the most notable political figures of the 20th century.

Mao 90

Andy Warhol created this green and blue version of Mao Zedong for his 1972 portfolio featuring the former Chairman of the Communist party of China. Reminiscent of the artist’s celebrity portraits, Warhol puts a pop art twist on the image of totalitarian propaganda by depicting Mao in bold vivid colors typical of his celebrity portraiture. In Mao 90, Andy depicted the Chinese ruler with a flamboyant blue face and light pink lips in make-up-like fashion. The subject stands out against the bright green background and the screen print is decorated with black squiggly lines, used to demonstrate the cult of celebrity that surrounded the Communist Chairman. The images are a sharp contrast to the Communist ideologies Mao represented, which rejected individualism. Andy Warhol took this juxtaposition further by creating the portraits of Mao Zedong in ten different color variations, typical of the pop artist’s method of repetition.

Art Basel

Art Basel

By Christine Finch Oleynick

Since 1970, Art Basel’s goal has been to connect the world's premier galleries and their patrons, as well serving as a meeting point for the international art world. Now, over forty years later, its three fairs - in Basel, Hong Kong and Miami Beach - rank as the premier shows of their kind, presenting 20th and 21st century art with a strong curatorial perspective. It is knownfor showing high quality work has attracted leading international galleries and collectors, offering visitors the most important art from around the world.

This year Art Basel in America will be held in Miami Beach, December 1s - 4th

In this  American show, 269 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa show significant works from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well the new generation of emerging stars. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works of the highest quality are on display in the main exhibition hall. Ambitious large‐scale artworks, films and performances become part of the city's outdoor landscape at nearby Collins Park and Sound Scape Park.



Art Basel's exhibition sectors are carefully defined to provide visitors the opportunity to see many different types of important works, from historical masterpieces to the work of the newest generation of artists.



269 of the world's leading Modern and contemporary art galleries display premier paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, prints, photography, film, video, and digital art by over 4,000 artists.

See the 2016 exhibitors:


Tickets can be purchased online or at the show venue.

For further information:  Art Basal America

Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139



Art Basel in Asia
The breakthrough 2016 edition – which placed the Hong Kong show squarely in the center of Asia’s international art scene – offered a premier platform for showing works from across the globe. Underlining its commitment to the region, half of the participating galleries once again had exhibition spaces in Asia and Asia-Pacific. The show provided an in-depth overview of the region’s diversity through both historical material and cutting-edge works by established and emerging artists.

Next show in Hong Kong: March 23 – 25, 2017

Art Basel in Europe
The  2016 show, one of the most successful in Art Basel’s history, brought the international art world together, with more than 280 of the world's leading galleries showing the work of over 4,000 artists. A full program of art world talks took place each day. Exhibitions and events were also offered by cultural institutions in Basel and the surrounding area, creating an exciting, region-wide art week.

Next show in Basel: June 15 – 18, 2017