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Maker(s):Ligorano, Nora; Reese, Marshall
Culture:American (1956-); American (1955-)
Title:Untitled from the portfolio Line Up
Date Made:2006
Type:Print
Materials:Archival pigment inks printed on Innova Smooth cotton high white rag paper
Place Made:Printed at Silicon Gallery Fine Art Prints, Philadelphia, PA
Measurements:Sheet: 11 in x 17 in; 27.9 cm x 43.2 cm; Image: 8 15/16 in x 14 13/16 in; 22.7 cm x 37.6 cm
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE/EDITION: front, lwr. r. (graphite): Ligorano Reese 13/50
Accession Number:  UM 2016.24.4
Credit Line:Gift of Werner H. and Sarah-Ann Kramarsky
Museum Collection:  University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst
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Description:
Black and white photograph with two sections that resemble a mug shot. The left section depicts the head and shoulders of Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, holding a sign that says ARLINGTON, VA. POLICE 11.19.2001. The right section is a profile view of the same person not holding a sign facing right.

Label Text:
"Well, there's no question but that Iraq has relationships with countries that are on the terrorist list. They also have relations with terrorist networks. They also have Al Qaida currently in the country." - Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense, November 21, 2001, Office of Special Plans (OSP)

Since 2004, Ligorano/Reese investigated portraiture as a construct of social representation. Line Up (2004-5), their series of portraits of Bush administration officials in mug shot, acknowledges that the mug shot is the preeminent form of portraiture now that more people are incarcerated in the U.S. than any other country in the world. In December, 2007, the exhibition of these photos at the New York Public Library caused a firestorm of controversy with heavy rotation on FoxNews, DrudgeReport’s homepage and many, many other publications. (This statement is from the artist's website bio.)

Tags:
male; Political commentary; portraits; profiles

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