Saturday, February 16, 2008
In a discussion of political campaign posters that begins with Shepard Fairey's poster of Obama (see below), Steven Heller references one of Warhol's funniest and smartest political gestures today in the Campaign Stops section of the NY Times Online. Sorry, but nobody is ever gonna beat that poster for McGovern. Nobody. Ever. Although if Clinton continues to push the Florida and Michigan issue I'm totally down with pulling Warhol's concept back out of the drawer.
"... the poster that Andy Warhol produced in 1972: an impressionistic image, based on an official portrait of Richard Nixon under which Warhol roughly scrawled “Vote McGovern.” It was the height of irony in a campaign that later became known for its dirty tricks."