Thursday, August 27, 2009

Kennedy portrait by Warhol installed at DC museum

Warhol, Andy (1928 - 1987)
Title: Edward Kennedy, 1980
Medium: Original Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board with Diamond Dust

Associated Press Writer

The National Portrait Gallery in Washington is installing an Andy Warhol portrait of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in its remembrance gallery.

Gallery spokeswoman Julia Zirinsky says the silkscreen print was to be on view when the museum opened Thursday. It's part of the museum's collection.

Kennedy died Tuesday at age 77 after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. He will be buried Saturday evening at Arlington National Cemetery.

The portrait gallery only recently began displaying portraits of prominent figures who have died. The remembrance gallery opened after Michael Jackson died in June.

The portrait was created in 1980 to raise money for Kennedy's presidential campaign. The late pop artist uses colors of the American flag and diamond dust as special features in the print.

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