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This undated handout image provided by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery shows a portrait of Andy Warhol by Jamie Wyeth, part of an exhibit at the museum in Washington: “Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction.” The new exhibit explores how Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Elaine de Kooning and other artists pushed the boundaries of portraiture in the mid-20th century. (AP Photo/Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery)

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This undated handout image provided by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery shows a portrait of Marilyn Monroe by Willem de Kooning, part of an exhibit at the museum in Washington: “Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction.” The new exhibit explores how Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Elaine de Kooning and other artists pushed the boundaries of portraiture in the mid-20th century. (AP Photo/Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery)

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This undated handout image provided by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery shows a portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy by Andy Warhol, part of an exhibit at the museum in Washington: “Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction.” The new exhibit explores how Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Elaine de Kooning and other artists pushed the boundaries of portraiture in the mid-20th century. (AP Photo/Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery)

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John F. Kennedy's radically altered appearance during the president's seven sittings posed a challenge to portrait painter Elaine de Kooning, who created 23 versions but was most pleased with an abstract expressionist work that captured his kinetic energy. (Photograph provided by the National Portrait Gallery)