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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
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: 10 15/16 in x 16 15/16 in; 27.8 cm x 43 cm; Image: 9 in x 14 13/16 in; 22.9 cm x 37.6 cm
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE/EDITION: front, lwr. r. (graphite): Ligorano Reese 13/50
Accession Number:  UM 2016.24.8
Credit Line:Gift of Werner H. and Sarah-Ann Kramarsky
Museum Collection:  University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

Black and white photograph with two sections that resemble a mug shot. The left section depicts the head and shoulders of Deputy Cheif of Staff, Karl Rove, holding a sign that says WASHINGTON DC POLICE 7.11.03. The right section is a profile view of the same person not holding a sign facing right.

Label Text:
"I didn't know her name. I didn't leak her name." - Karl Rove, Deputy Chief of Staff to the president, Valerie Plame case, July 11, 2003

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.)

male; Political commentary; portraits; profiles

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