Citizens have the power to elect a president, but even after the election, artists have the power to commemorate or condemn them.
We go behind the scenes and into the minds of artists as they capture, commemorate, and, at times, condemn our presidents. From Elaine de Kooning's abstract portraits of John F. Kennedy to Pat Oliphant's skewering caricatures of the Bushes, we examine the divisive results that occur when art and politics collide.
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