Edward Kennedy 241 by Andy Warhol is a deluxe edition print produced to raise funds for Kennedy’s 1980 Presidential campaign. This print is identical to Edward Kennedy 240, but with red, white and blue as background colors. This work is rare because it was a small edition originally intended only for donors of Kennedy’s campaign. Warhol was vastly interested in political figures, with his prints such as Mao, Vladimir Lenin and Alexander the Great. However, he was doubly interested in the Kennedy family. In addition to the Edward Kennedy set, Warhol produced Flash, a portfolio of the death of John F. Kennedy, and a Jacqueline (Jackie) Kennedy portfolio.
Edward Kennedy 241 by Andy Warhol as Part of His Larger Body of Work
Although Kennedy didn’t go on to win the Democratic nomination, he continued to pursue politics and became known as the “Lion of the Senate.” While in office, Kennedy wrote hundreds of bills that were passed and enacted into law. The image of Kennedy comes from a Polaroid taken by Warhol. Warhol often used Polaroid photographs to help create and inform his large-scale portraits of celebrities and pop culture icons, as he had been involved in several rifts about using copyrighted images from other artists.