Andy Warhol, ‘Jimmy Carter II (FS II.151) by Andy Warhol ’, 1976, Revolver Gallery

Title: Jimmy Carter II (FS II.151)
Medium: Screenprint on Strathmore Bristol paper
Year: 1976
Size: 39.25″ x 29.5″
Edition: 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.

For Jimmy Carter II (FS II.151), Warhol was commissioned by the Democratic National Committee to design a portrait for Jimmy Carter's presidential campaign. The print shows Carter with a huge smile, likely used to appeal to voters, and a rich red and blue color with a peach tone for Carter's face and hand. By adding bright colors and graphic elements to Carter's portrait, such as outlining the eyes and part of the hair, Andy Warhol beautified the facial features allowing stardom to be brought to the political figure. By employing Warhol as the artist Jimmy Carter hoped to reach out to younger voters and eligible voters in New York, thus utilizing Warhol's pop-cultural and celebrity status to his advantage. Jimmy Carter 151 is from an edition of 100 and is representative of Andy Warhol's signature celebrity photos in the pop art style.

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