Andy Warhol, ‘Edward Kennedy (Deluxe Edition)’, 1980, Contini Contemporary

This print was created as a fundraiser for Senator Edward Kennedy’s campaign as a Democratic candidate in 1980. He was up against the challenging incumbent, Jimmy Carter. Although Kennedy didn’t win the vote, despite high expectations, he pursued politics and became known as The Lion of the Senate.

The late Senator Edward Kennedy asked Warhol to create a deluxe portrait that would serve as a fundraiser for his 1980 presidential primary campaign. Warhol showed the presidential hopeful draped in red, white and blue and sparkling in diamond dust. This limited edition is identical to Edward Kennedy FS II.240, but with red, white and blue as background colors. This work is rarely offered for sale since it was a small edition originally intended only for donors to Kennedy's campaign.

This silkscreen portrait invokes patriotism by incorporating the colors of the American flag. Red and blue lines enhance the candidate’s features while diamond dust provides a glamorous effect. Continuing his older brothers’ efforts in public service, Edward Kennedy ran for the Presidential office in 1980.

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, PA, United States, based in New York, NY, United States