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Unsigned Print Edition of 50
H 99cm x W 75cm
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Toni Clayton, American Pop & Modern Specialist
Jimmy Carter is a screen print made by the pioneer of the Pop Art movement, Andy Warhol. Produced in 1976, the print shows the American politician, Jimmy Carter, posing seriously with his chin resting on his hand. Cater is rendered in Warhol’s signature Pop Art style, characterised by his use of bold gestural lines and layered blocks of colours. The print can be seen alongside Jimmy Carter II (F. & S. II.151) which shows the politician smiling in a seemingly more laid-back and relaxed pose.
The two prints of Carter were commissioned by the Democratic National Committee as part of Carter’s presidential campaign. Carter’s electoral campaign team chose Warhol to produce these portraits as he was a popular figure amongst young people in New York. The Democrats hoped that Warhol’s celebrity status as an icon of popular culture would attract younger voters in New York to vote for Carter as these votes were crucial to the campaign’s success. Having Warhol participate in the campaign was also a way for Carter to position himself as the progressive candidate in the Presidential race.
While Warhol is best remembered for his portraits of stars like Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Elizabeth Taylor, the artist was also interested in depicting politicians and noteworthy figures and turning them into Pop Art icons. As well as Carter, Warhol has produced prints of political figures like Mao Zedong, Vladimir Lenin and Richard Nixon.