December 22, 2009

Mark Summers: Person of The Year (art)

When Time Magazine picked their Person of The Year for '09, they knew that in these past few months, the economy has been at the center of everyone's attention. That's probably why when it came to commissioning a portrait, they chose to let Mark Summers reimagine the dollar for them.

As The Ispot says, "Mark Summers’ signature engraving style was the perfect medium for this ripped-from-currency cover portrait of Ben Bernanke for Time Magazine’s Person of the Year issue."

Mark Summers, Time Cover

From the article: "Bernanke is the 56-year-old chairman of the Federal Reserve, the central bank of the U.S., the most important and least understood force shaping the American — and global — economy. Those green bills featuring dead Presidents are labeled "Federal Reserve Note" for a reason: the Fed controls the money supply. It is an independent government agency that conducts monetary policy, which means it sets short-term interest rates — which means it has immense influence over inflation, unemployment, the strength of the dollar and the strength of your wallet. And ever since global credit markets began imploding, its mild-mannered chairman has dramatically expanded those powers and reinvented the Fed." (read more)

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