Andy Warhol, ‘Jimmy Carter 11 (FS 11.151) ’, 1976, Revolver Gallery

Warhol was commissioned by the Democratic National Committee to design a portrait for Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign. By employing Warhol as the artist, Jimmy Carter hoped to reach out to the younger voters and the voters of New York, thus utilizing Warhol’s status as a pop culture icon to his advantage. This strategic move by the hopeful Democratic was an attempt to position himself as a progressive candidate. This portrait shows Jimmy Carter with a gleaming smile, perhaps to appeal to his voters. Warhol added his own touch by embellishing the print with rich red and blue, and a peach color for Jimmy’s face and hand.

Signature: Edition of 100, 25 AP, signed and numbered in felt pen lower left. Some prints are double signed by both Andy Warhol and Jimmy Carter. Published to raise funds for his campaigning for president.

Warhol was fascinated by the ambiguous boundaries between politics and the realm of the star-studded. As a result, he contributed his own interpretation by mixing the two seemingly disparate realms. He instilled a sense of celebrity into his portraits, including those of politicians such as Jimmy Carter. By adding bright colors and graphic elements, he beautified the facial features so as to bring stardom and publicity into political campaigns.

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, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York