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Art: Eye Contact - Modern American Portrait Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery

The Smithsonian's easy-to-navigate portrait gallery uses drawings dating from the 1880s to the 1980s to show the ways in which the art of portraiture has been changed by technology and aesthetic trends in 20th century art. Sections include New Themes for a New Century, about such pre-millennial topics as Celebrity Culture; Gender, Race, and the Body; and the Uses of Photography. Included are "Robert Kennedy" by Roy Lichtenstein from the May 24th, 1968 cover of Time magazine and Andy Warhol's romantic drawing of realist artist Jamie Wyeth that Andy began by tracing Polaroids of Wyeth the Younger projected onto canvas. The exhibit includes audio comments by Wendy Wick Reaves, curator of the exhibition. <>