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Revealing the Monsters Within: Andy Warhol, the 1972 Mao series, and Vote McGovern

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In 1972 and 1973, Andy Warhol created a series of serigraphs that featured the Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong and a serigraph of the United States president Richard Nixon. These prints cast the political leaders as satirical pop culture icons. Looking at the leaders' public and political lives, Warhol's "campy" horror films, and classic horror films, I argue that Warhol altered the photos of Mao and Nixon and turned them into uncanny movie monster characters.

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