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Untitled (John-John and Bobby)

A work made of chromogenic prints.
© 1988 Larry Johnson.

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  • A work made of chromogenic prints.

Date:

1988

Artist:

Larry Johnson
American, born 1959

About this artwork

Larry Johnson is an idiosyncratic artist whose signature style consists of graphic photographed collages that demonstrate his consuming passion for celebrity, advertising, and the cultures and subcultures of Southern California. Untitled (John-John and Bobby) is part of a series that Johnson began in 1985; centering on the Kennedy family, it demonstrates his interest not only in individual family members, but also in the era of American society and politics that they typify. This work consists of a fictional account by Johnson, which bears no connection to the Kennedy family other than the names and the reference in the first panel to “Kennedy half-dollars.” The disjointed story fragment includes a pornographic account of the hustler lifestyle and more broadly addresses how the media packages public figures and represents them as entertainment.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Contemporary Art

Artist

Larry Johnson

Title

Untitled (John-John and Bobby)

Place

United States (Object made in)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

1988

Medium

Chromogenic prints

Dimensions

Two framed panels,, each: 223.6 × 111.8 × 10.2 cm (88 × 44 × 4 in.); frame: 223.6 × 111.8 × 10.2 cm (88 1/16 × 44 1/16 × 4 1/16 in.)

Credit Line

Contemporary Art Discretionary Fund

Reference Number

2011.294

Copyright

© 1988 Larry Johnson.

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