President Elect

Painter: James Rosenquist

Year: 1960-61 and 1964

A close-up of John F. Kennedy's face, a woman's hands holding a slice of cake, and a portion of a Chevrolet, somehow combine and work well as a composition. Rosenquist explained the juxtaposition's logic: “The face was from Kennedy's campaign poster. I was very interested at that time in people who advertised themselves. What did they put on an advertisement of themselves? So that was his face. And his promise was half a Chevrolet and a piece of stale cake.”