Democratic Principles: Portraits and Essays

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A rare achievement in portrait painting, McClancy amplifies intense facial expression of some of America's most formidable legislators. The power of the paintings paired with a compelling written 'rendering' elevates the purpose and nobility of each subject.

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A rare achievement in portrait painting, McClancy amplifies intense facial expression of some of America's most formidable legislators. The power of the paintings paired with a compelling written 'rendering' elevates the purpose and nobility of each subject.

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This unusual volume is part political statement, part art book. Self-taught painter McClancy pairs her portraits of current and recent Democratic Party leaders with texts and speeches by her subjects. McClancy's portraits are extreme close-ups, displaying a greater emphasis on capturing character than on artistic breakthrough. Politically, the book pulls no punches; John Kerry's foreword is a frank celebration of the party, and an essay contributed by Peter Frank (senior curator, Riverside Art Museum, CA) calls the current American exercise of democracy "foolish" and "venal," and he states, "Like so many of us, [McClancy] has watched the federal government corrode under the weight of fatuous ideology." Figures included are not surprises-Howard Dean, Al Gore, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama, along with 14 other Democratic luminaries. Speech transcripts and thumbnail biographies of each accompany the portraits. Libraries interested in the book's political or artistic content should purchase, with the understanding that it presents a decidedly partisan point of view.-Kathryn Wekselman, MLn, Cincinnati

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781889097749
  • Publisher: Hard Press Editions
  • Publication date: 6/15/2008
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 11.30 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword John Kerry Kerry, John 7

Commentaries

The View from Within Eleanor Heartney Heartney, Eleanor 10

To Be Self-Evident: Purpose, Principle, Portraiture Peter Frank Frank, Peter 12

Preface to the Plates Elizabeth McClancy McClancy, Elizabeth 15

"Secure the Blessings of Liberty" 11

Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright 18

Governor Howard Dean 22

Vice President Al Gore 28

Senator Edward M. Kennedy 32

Senator Barack Obama 38

Senator Charles E. Schumer 44

"Ensure Domestic Tranquility"

Senator Barbara Boxer 50

President Jimmy Carter 56

President Bill Clinton 62

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton 66

Senator John Edwards 74

Senator Dianne Feinstein 80

Senator Paul Wellstone 86

"Establish Justice ..."

Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. 92

Senator Robert Byrd 98

Senator John Kerry 102

Senator Patrick Leahy 108

Senator Barbara A. Mikulski 114

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi 120

Biographies 124

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2008

    Outstanding isn't good enough. Breathless.

    The paintings in this book are magnificent. The essays powerful. This book brings a phenomenal artist together with concepts of democracy in such a powerful way that I am awed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2008

    Portraits , not Profiles, in Courage

    This profound blend of meticulously rendered faces and carefully selected words should become a powerful resource for those who want to reweave the standards of Democrats everywhere. And when the election is over and the passion subsides, there will remain, breath- taking art and intense commitment to high standards. Share these people and ideas with your children, one inspiring chapter at a time, or tell the story in your own words because the pictures are spellbinding.

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