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Jimmy Carter

Andy Warhol, 6 Aug 1928 - 22 Feb 1987
James Earl Carter, Jr., born 1 Oct 1924
graphite on paper
Sheet: 104.1 x 71.1cm (41 x 28")
Frame: 127.6 x 97.2 x 5.1cm (50 1/4 x 38 1/4 x 2")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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© Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / ARS, New York
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With a commission from the New York Times Magazine for a cover portrait, Andy Warhol visited Plains, Georgia, in 1976 to make Polaroid photographs of presidential candidate Jimmy Carter. Subsequently, Warhol also made silkscreen prints of Carter to sell through the Democratic National Committee. This powerful, inventive drawing is related to those representations yet entirely different. Warhol projected a photograph onto the paper, traced around it, and then subverted the contour with nervous, squiggled lines. Unlike the painting and prints of Carter, which were designed for public consumption, this brooding image remained in Warhol's possession. Looking behind the famous campaign smile and subtracting facial detail, Warhol explores more enigmatic aspects of Carter's personality. With its furrowed brow, syncopated lines, and lack of color, this portrait deemphasizes celebrity glamour, insinuating perhaps a darker effect of the political spotlight.
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