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Distortionists: Rummy

Distortionists: Rummy

Artist: Victoria Carlson (American, born 1960)
Date: 2006
Medium: watercolor and ink on paper
Dimensions:
Support: 39 3/8 x 27 11/16 in. (100 x 70.3 cm)
Mat: 40 × 30 in. (101.6 × 76.2 cm)
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Gift of Virginia Hopkins, 2011
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2011.15.3
Description
New Mexico-based artist Victoria Carlson works within a tradition of political satire in art in her series Distortionists, watercolor and ink on paper works that build upon the artist’s slightly earlier Contortionist series, which is also represented in the collection. In the Distortionist works, Carlson summed up the sentiment of some Americans that the truth had been distorted by the Bush administration to justify the invasion of Iraq in 2003. At issue were claims by the administration that Iraq was building weapons of mass destruction. Those claims were later proven false and were a point of contention for the U.S. midterm elections of 2006, when Carlson created her watercolor satirizing members of the Bush administration by placing them in the uncomfortable positions of a contortionist. Pictured here is Donald Rumsfeld. Others in the collection include George W. Bush with Karl Rove; Condoleeza Rice; and Dick Cheney.
Not on view