Skip to comments.George W, Bush Takes the Art World by Storm
Posted on 02/10/2013 1:03:09 PM PST by Marcus
The art world has been set ablaze about the advent of a stunning new talent in the medium of painting. Thanks to some hacked emails, the first works by a certain former president named George W. Bush have been revealed for all to admire.
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Personally I don’t think voyeurism over someones private stolen material is really all that interesting.
How did the emails get hacked?
So this is what it takes to get his name back in the media, not in a negative way?
Not even voyeurism of the subject doing a self-portrait of himself in the shower?
Being the art snob that I am, I have to admit there’s some potential there. I find the shower one very interesting. The shadowing, the placement of the figure, the color choice. There’s something that’s working, and I can’t quite put my finger on it.
What is not working for me is the angle of his head in the shower, which can not be reflecting his face. Is there someone else in the shower with him>
Someone hacked into his email account. They stole files of pictures, phone numbers, addresses, and codes for security systems.
I like them both.
That said, my appreciation for modern is mostly visceral and based on hanging out at the MOMA and others...and would like to hear what a real authority on such art would say. There used to be an art professor that posted some great articles on FR about modern art. I can't remember her name but she would certainly have an educated opinion of W's work.
Its a style of art referred to as ‘ Outsider Art ‘ and has been quite popular for some time.
The definition applies to someone who does not have formal training in the arts yet paints anyway.
Given the amount of BS in the contemporary art world, outsider art is a real pleasure to view and enjoy.
Here is an interesting outsider named Horace Pippin. Here is a link with information. Wonderful artist with an interesting background.
His life's work was completely unknown until he died. Worked as a janitor all his life. Some of the imagery might be offensive to some.
His name is Henry Darger. Really some bind bending work.
Oh God. More stunning, thrilling, talented paintings from a politicians.
The tradition was started by Adolf, wasn’t it?
Too bad that, while in office he couldn’t paint a picture of what Democrats really are.
That was a cheap shot. You make it sound like GWB was marketing the work.
Lol. Someone is.
There’s one place for each and every establishment pol, “libertarian”, repub, democrat, loon and bootlicker: the dumpster.
Thanks for the ping! I really like these paintings; they are quite original, even if amateurish, and I really like that a Democratic art critic admitted liking them. They are really more original than Churchill’s work or, heaven forbid, the classical, derivative, stiff paintings of Hitler.
Bush’s paintings are much more honest and revealing in a way that our current president has never been and will never be.
Go away........ far away
I wish it weren’t the case, but the paintings are terrible.
“So this is what it takes to get his name back in the media, not in a negative way?”
Maybe it is a cleaver way to soften the media to the idea to Jeb Bush and 2016.
Well its almost like the eyes in the mirror are your own. Its weird.
Sorry. It is a fact that W’s playing pattycake with zero on the TARP matter, as well as McCain throwing the election, has landed you with an islamic/communist dictator - and you’re still pathetically licking the whip.
“Thank you sir, may I have another?” seems to be the order of the day.
“How did the emails get hacked? “
I think it was a family member’s email that got hacked, but it is still quite a breach of privacy.
Nevertheless the paintings are OK, even a little “edgy” what with the whole self portrait while bathing thing going on. I mean, that’s different!
And really, he captures himself quite well. I’d like to see what else he’s done. Maybe someone can get up a gallery show or something.
Not awful, but any commerical value would be attached to the name, and not the merit of the art.
No, I agree. It is a bit high schoolish, but there are elements that just nudge it above that. For someone who (as I understand) is just picking this up, it’s not bad. There is some “flatness” that makes it mediocre. Anyway...
The subject matter is most curious. I'll have to reserve judgement, until I see what his paintings look like on velvet.