Portrait Takes Pulse of Murdoch Deal

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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THE ANNOTATED MURDOCH Details from Raymond's portrait

Hot on the heels of Rupert Murdoch's $5 billion to buy Dow Jones & Company, Radar special correspondent Geoffrey Raymond hauls his portrait of the mogul to the steps of the Wall Street Journal and reports on reactions ...

When I first heard that News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch was trying to buy Dow Jones & Company—owners of the Wall Street Journal—I painted a 4-foot by 5-foot portrait of the guy in the style that has made me slightly famous (I'm the one who did the Richard Grasso portrait—imagine Jackson Pollock painting like Chuck Close). It was my way of coping. Then, as the Murdoch deal drew closer, I starting hauling my portrait, dubbed The Annotated Murdoch, and some red and black markers to 200 Liberty Street, the New York Headquarters of the Wall Street Journal.

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Barring scheduling conflicts, weather, and suspicious security guards, I've been exhibiting my painting there daily during lunch hours since July 24, asking passersby to share their thoughts about the acquisition on the surface of the painting. The general public is inked in black, Dow Jones employees in red.

The artist's work in progress after the jump!



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