DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Remembering Robert F. Kennedy:
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June 6, 2018 – July 8, 2018
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery celebrates the life and legacy of Robert (“Bobby”) Kennedy with a portrait created by Roy Lichtenstein in 1968, commissioned for the cover of Time magazine.
After winning the California presidential primary, Kennedy was assassinated June 5, 1968, ending one of the most interesting political careers in modern American history and further draping the legacy of the Kennedy family in mourning. The younger brother of President John F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, who opposed the Johnson administration’s Vietnam War policies and was markedly progressive, had served as the U.S. attorney general (1961–64) and as a senator from New York (1965–1968).
Lichtenstein created this portrait for the cover of Time magazine’s May 24, 1968, edition. His Pop art style and bright colors create a sense of energy that evokes the young presidential hopeful’s personality. Kennedy told Lichtenstein that while he approved of the picture, “I don’t have red spots all over my face.” Shortly after Kennedy was shot, Time commissioned another cover from Lichtenstein to highlight the issue of gun control. The Portrait Gallery’s collection holds over 2,000 original artworks created for Time.
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REMRFK_180609_07.JPG: Robert F. Kennedy, 1925-1968
Time magazine’s editors commissioned Roy Lichtenstein to create this cover portrait of Senator Robert Kennedy for its May 24, 1968, edition. It was issued in the midst of a turbulent presidential primary season when Kennedy was challenging President Lyndon Johnson for the Democratic Party’s nomination. Lichtenstein’s Pop Art style and bright colors create a sense of energy as it captures Kennedy’s image in the midst of a campaign speech. Kennedy responded in a bemused telegram: “I thought your cover picture was really marvelous, but I don’t have red spots all over my face.”
On June 5, 1968, just a few weeks after publication of the issue, Kennedy was assassinated while campaigning in Los Angeles. Time commissioned another cover from Lichtenstein to highlight the issue of gun control. A gun pointed at the viewer, though drawn in the same cartoon-like style as the Kennedy portrait, seemed haunting.
Roy Lichtenstein, 1989, after 1968 original
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2018 photos: Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
(February) a Civil War Trust conference in Greenville, NC,
(May/June) anual American Battlefield Trust conference in Newport News, VA,
(July) my 13th consecutive trip to San Diego Comic-Con via Reno, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles,
(August) 2 two-day trips to New York City,
(September) an American Battlefield Trust dinner in Chicago, IL with on-route visits to Charleston, WV, Louisville, KY, Saint Louis, MO, and Toledo, OH,
(October) another two-day trip to New York City for the New York Comic Con.
Number of photos taken this year: about 535,000.