The Kennedy Heads

Submitted by LauraDG September 17th, 2009
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I acquired the first of these two kitsch-ennedy JFK busts at a flea market about 15 years ago. It appears to have been made by staggered-size pieces of cardboard/pulpy type material glued together to form a sculpted likeness of John F. Kennedy. It is an amazing feat, and each of the pieces has a thin black line drawn around its outside edge. In my continued wonderment over this work of art, I chanced to search for something similar on eBay about four years ago. I couldn’t believe it when I saw another one just like it, and I was on pins and needles until I was certain I’d won the auction. The second one has a thinly applied layer of metallic gold (spray, I think) paint over it. Perhaps these were made from a kit– a kitschy kit, at that. I don’t know. But they sure are American royality!

2 Responses to “The Kennedy Heads”

  1. Allee Willis

    Laura has actually brought these over to my house and I can attest to the fact that they are an absolutely daunting example of kitsch in that they’re carved with as much detail as the statue of David and made out of cardboard. We need a much larger and lighter photo of these busts to show off their true beauty. I took photos of them when they were over here and when I get a chance to breathe, which will be after I get a chance to sleep, which should be sometime in 2010 I will upload them for all to see.