Skip to comments.Barack Obama brings new art in at the White House [actually Michelle]
Posted on 10/07/2009 4:50:30 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
Michelle Obama oversaw the transformation to the White House décor
Barack Obama's pledge to usher in a new era at the White House has borne fruit in the décor, now heaving with abstract art after a drastic makeover.
Not since the exterior had to be painted white after the British reputedly set it ablaze during the 1812 War, have the walls of the US presidential residence undergone such a startling transformation.
The landscapes, still life and portraits of the past have been ousted by bold colours, irregular shapes and squiggly lines.
Abstract works by modern art icons such as Jasper Johns and Mark Rothko, as well as sculptures by Degas, are sharing hanging space with contemporary African-American and Native-American pictures by relatively obscure artists.
The influx does not just extend to paintings patent models for a gear cutter and a steamboat paddlewheel now sit in the Oval Office.
Michelle Obama oversaw the transformation, borrowing some 45 works from local museums to decorate both their private living quarters and the public spaces of the East and West Wings.
Other recent first families hung a few modern pieces in their living quarters Jacqueline Kennedy liked Cezanne, Hillary Clinton put up some Kandinsky and de Kooning but none approached the scope of the Obamas, said William Allman, the White House curator.
For their living quarters, the couple chose Glenn Ligon's Black Like Me No. 2, a 1992 "text painting" that reproduces some of the contents of Black Like Me, a 1961 book by a white man who travelled the American South disguised as a black man.
Michael Smith, the Obamas' decorator visited Harry Cooper, curator of modern and contemporary art at the National Gallery in Washington, shortly before Mr Obama's inauguration to see what could be borrowed
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
A patent model of a steamboat paddlewheel now sits in the Oval Office
That;s IT?????? THere s such great art to pick from and they choose this crap??
She’s got some issues.
The vast majority working in the White House have issues....
you just don't have the eye of a true arteest! /sarc>
Perhaps some “Dogs Playing Poker” pieces in Barry’s mancave.
Sooooo ture... I am just a peasant living in Chicago.
Seeing how she dresses, this is no surprise....
Except in Barry’s version Federal agents split up the chips equally among the dogs as well as a few cats who aren’t even playing in the game.
I have mixed feelings. First, if it is in the private residence, that’s fine. There is a tradition, however, of historical art in the public spaces. On the other hand, if these are representative of various artists of the US, great. I think having important patents on display is interesting. If it is just modern art for art sake, not considering the history or origin, that is just wrong.
I like that...divide the chips! LOL
The WaPo or somebody yesterday had a small pic gallery. If it’s black art, good news, you’re in! Nothing racist about that.
Jackie-Cezanne: I’m on board!
I know some people like this stuff. I am an artist and I hate it. It is as ugly as the clothes MO wears.
This is art? Or is it the 0bama Doctrine?
That “text painting” should say...
ALL TRACES OF MY PRIOR LIFE HAD BEEN WIPED FROM EXISTENCE.
hey! look! i'm a textual arteest too!
Actually if you read the communist goals in 1963 you have this
Control art critics and directors of art museums. "Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."
It looks like the outfits she wears.
This is the one over the bed....right? :o)
“The vast majority working in the White House have issues....”
True, but you got your issues and then there’s your “issues”.
The First Pear really has issues.
Nobody cares about Abstract art, so know one will say anything when the Obama’s strip the walls bare in three years...its actually kind of clever
No I don’t like Jackson Pollock. His paintings look like the drop cloth under my easel.
(I remembered this from the book "Unlimited Access" by Gary Aldrich)
1963 Congressional Record “Communist Goals” list........
Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”
But we might miss the silverware??
It’s upside down!
REDRUM REDRUM REDRUM
Look me too!
I may not be an expert in art, but I cannot stand all this abstract garbage. It gives people with no artistic talent a place in the art world. Hard to believe something that a 3 year old could make is the most valuable painting in the world.
Great minds think alike...
Can you send me your drop cloth? :->
I'm probably the only person here who likes 'modern'(sic) art.
1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.
2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.
3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.
4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.
5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.
6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.
7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.
8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev's promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.
9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.
10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.
11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)
12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.
13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.
14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.
15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.
16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
18. Gain control of all student newspapers.
19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.
20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.
21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.
22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms."
23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. "Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."
24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a violation of free speech and free press.
25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a "religious crutch."
28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."
29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis. 30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."
31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the "big picture." Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.
32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture--education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.
33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.
34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.
36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.
37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.
38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].
39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.
40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.
42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use ["]united force["] to solve economic, political or social problems.
43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.
44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.
45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.
Where will she display “Piss Christ?”
That is by George Catlin, who wasn't actually an Indian himself. The painting belongs to the National Gallery.
An selection of Catlin's works was on display in the White House during the Bush years, and one or another his paintings have probably been on White House walls for a very long time.
FWIW, I like Jackson Pollock. Too many people on here shun modern art.
I assumed (without reading the article) that was used as an example of what was removed.
We agree completely. I was in drawing class with one of those untalented people. Her work was so bad everyone was terrified that they might be asked to critique it. Then one day she announced “I have found my calling, I am an abstract painter”. She threw some paint at the canvas and won a ribbon in the next student show. Oh well!
My favorite is Zeichnung. It reminds me of Japanese Shodo calligraphy.
I had to Google that one. Looks very similar to Anime. Is it?
No, I believe he has this painting over his bed...
"One of the edgier pieces on loan to the Obamas is a 1992 work by Glenn Ligon, Black Like Me #2, a text-based painting greatly informed by the artists experience as an African-American gay man living in the United States."
"...artists experience as an African-American gay man living in the United States."
I thought maybe the Telegraph mistakenly thought George Catlin was one of the Native American artists the Obamas wanted, rather than a White painter who depicted Indians, because there's nothing new about Catlin in the White House. See Laura Bush's remarks here.
Nice - LOL
If her taste in interior decor is anything like her wardrobe.....no class.