Carlos the Jackal

Accession Number

Carlos the Jackal

Burhan Cahit Doğançay

Artist Nationality
Turkish (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
collage and mixed media on canvas

40 ½ in x 91 in (102.87 cm x 231.14 cm)

Credit Line
Anonymous gift

Subject matter
Very early in his career, Doğançay embraced the urban wall as his main subject matter. His larger project, termed "Walls of the World," presents representations of cities through the collaged and ever-changing graffiti of the urban environment. Each with a different set of techniques and styles, they all seek to represent a place, while engaging in contemporary culture more broadly through the use of pop culture images and phrases. As the title points out, the portrait at the top right is the Venezualan militant, known as Carlos the Jackal (Ilich Ramirez Sanchez). Sanchez was responsible for a number of terrorist attacks in Europe in the 1970's and 1980's, and came back into the limelight in 2008 with a new court hearing in Paris.

Physical Description
This painting has three main panels, created with painted frames. Within each are a series of collaged images and newspaper clippings, abstract painting, and text.

Primary Object Classification
Mixed Media

Primary Object Type

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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Turkish (culture or style)

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