Monday's card is "Leaves of Grass," by Walt Whitman, banned in 1882 by the district attorney of Boston because the sexually charged poems violated "the Public Statutes concerning obscene literature." Whitman was also fired from two jobs for having a copy at work. ARTIST: Nicholas Ward. EXCERPT FROM ARTIST'S STATEMENT: Somewhat strange and abstracted, the character in this drawing is an amalgamated exquisite corpse of Whitman, artists Max Ernst, Marina Abramovic, Alexander Calder and past president Abraham Lincoln. I imagine these people existing through the decades as promoters of a Whitman-esque essence. They also are figures who have influenced me to a similar effect as Whitman.


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