Skip to comments.Off the Wall: White House Changes Mind About Painting (FReeper Victory!)
Posted on 11/04/2009 3:20:11 PM PST by kristinn
ARTnews has reported that the White House has quietly de-listed a painting by Alma W. Thomas that it chose last month, among some 45 pieces borrowed from several Washington museums, to decorate the private White House residence and the West and East Wings.
Titled, Watusi (Hard Edge) from 1963, the work takes a Matisse collage and, as Holland Cotter wrote in The New York Times, praising the selection, shifts the pieces around, cools the colors down, and adds a title that refers to a Chubby Checker song.
But through copying Matisse, Mr. Cotter added, she began to work out a format she would use again and again.
Some conservative Web sites, like Freerepublic.com, had criticized the painting as a fraud, calling it a re-colored reprint and questioning the wisdom of hanging it in the White House. By late October, the painting, which had been destined for the East Wing, had been removed from the list of works bound for 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, ARTnews reported, though a second Thomas painting from 1973 remains on the list. The Hirshhorn Museum, which owns the painting, confirmed that the 1963 work had been sent back, but no one involved with the White House loans at the museum would say why, the publication said.
Semonti Stephens, the deputy press secretary for Mrs. Obama, said that the painting had been intended to go in the first ladys office and that the the decision not to put it there was made only because its dimensions did not work in the space in which it was to hang.
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So the painting’s a fake, the Obozos are fakes - looks like a perfect fit.
It looks like Obama, Michele and Oprah have a lot in common...
I don’t understand anybody that would call that art.
White House art consultant Shepard Fairey, however, saw nothing wrong with keeping the painting.
I may be rich. My wife saved a whole drawer full of pictures like that my two sons did in elementary school.
I shall never forget my small part in embarrassing the Obama administration!
Neither shall Michelle :-(
I would be art if a boob belt were placed around it.
Well, whodah thunk it? An artsy cultured educated Freeper?
Hats off to you, beelzebubba. Now go cling on to your guns and Bible. You’re disturbin’ your betters.
“I dont understand anybody that would call that art.”
And I don’t understand anybody who would call the First Lady’s fashions glamorous, but there it is.
I did one like that in third grade but threw it away, darn it.
Look at the purple blob, the painter couldn’t even stay inside the lines!! Dadaism at its best.
Good Romanian colors
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