Political Prisoner

  • Rupert García, Political Prisoner, 1976, pastel on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1976, Rupert García, Gift of Rupert García and Sammi Madison-García, 1978.107

Exhibition Label
In 1975, García, who was a Vietnam veteran, was drawn to a Newsweek cover story about the arrival of Vietnamese refugees in the United States. To create this pastel, García focused on one figure in the picture: a young woman who wails with closed eyes. He isolated and enlarged her face, placed a gag over her mouth, and situated her in a sea of radiating blue. Garcia’s compelling image invites viewers to confront the injustices of our day.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013

Title
Political Prisoner
Artist
Date
1976
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet: 48 x 36 in. (122.0 x 91.5 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Rupert García and Sammi Madison-García

Mediums
Mediums Description
pastel on paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female – head
  • State of being – evil – imprisonment
Object Number
1978.107
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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