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George Bush

Artist:
Gregory Heisler, born 1954
Sitter:
George Herbert Walker Bush, born 12 Jun 1924
Medium:
Color photograph on paper
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1990
Topic:
Clothing & Apparel\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie
George Herbert Walker Bush: Politics and Government\Vice-President of US
George Herbert Walker Bush: Politics and Government\President of US
George Herbert Walker Bush: Military and Intelligence\CIA Director
George Herbert Walker Bush: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Texas
George Herbert Walker Bush: Politics and Government\Diplomat\Ambassador\United Nations
George Herbert Walker Bush: Military and Intelligence\Officer
George Herbert Walker Bush: Business and Industry\Business Executive\Oil
George Herbert Walker Bush: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Object number:
NPG.91.TC8
Rights:
© Gregory Heisler
Exhibition Label:
Forty-first President, 1989-91
As this 1990 Man of the Year cover image by photographer Greg Heisler was meant to indicate, its subject, George Bush, had won his plural "Men of the Year" designation for two disparate reasons-one positive and the other negative. On the plus side, as Time pointed out, he had clearly proven himself a master of foreign policy, and in the wake of his skillful orchestration of the ultimately successful multinational coalition opposing Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, he had earned much admiration both at home and abroad. But in contrast to his decisiveness in the international arena, his domestic policies were, in Time's estimation, "hollow at the center" and reflected no serious agenda.
Predictably, the Bush administration was not pleased with this story, nor did it appreciate Heisler's two-faced portrait. Consequently, both Time and Heisler found their access to the White House temporarily curtailed.
Time cover, January 7, 1991
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