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Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon

Artist
Marisol Escobar, 22 May 1930 - 30 Apr 2016
Sitter
Henry Alfred Kissinger, born 27 May 1923
Richard Milhous Nixon, 9 Jan 1913 - 22 Apr 1994
Date
1972
Type
Sculpture
Medium
Pink marble and pigment
Dimensions
Without Base: 38.7 x 53.3 x 17.1cm (15 1/4 x 21 x 6 3/4")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Restrictions & Rights
© Marisol Escobar/Licensed by VAGA, New York
Object number
NPG.78.TC629
Culture
Henry Alfred Kissinger: European\German
Exhibition Label
Richard Nixon is the only person to have claimed Time's Man of the Year title for two consecutive years-in 1971 and again in 1972, with National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger. Over the previous twelve months, the men had initiated a dialogue with Communist China and fostered better relations with the Soviet Union. As a result of their diplomacy, the world was witnessing what Time described as "the most profound rearrangement" in international politics since World War II.
Marisol, who is widely known for her irreverent humor, sculpted this portrait of Nixon and Kissinger. This carving is possibly a subtle parody of the renderings of past presidents on Mount Rushmore.
Time cover, January 1, 1973
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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