Slideshow: Obama v. Romney, in Art

11/01/2012 3:55 PM |

David Bugnons Big Bird Hunt
  • David Bugnon’s “Big Bird Hunt”

Given Romney’s previous statements on slashing FEMA and arts funding, he’s a terrible option for anyone who’s been affected by hurricanes or NEA cuts— which rules out pretty much everyone in the New York art world right now, except for the super-rich. Most of the whispering Romney support this year is coming from Forbes-level art dealers like William Acquavella and Larry Gagosian. Duh.

Or at least, if pro-Romney artists are out there, they’re shy. This pro-Romney list took me all morning to scrape together, and it makes the “Hope” poster look cutting-edge.

Romney

John Currin and Rachel Feinstein are both, famously, Republican. We dunno if they’re voting Romney, but that’s a pretty good bet.
Thomas Kinkade (deceased)
Richard Whitney hasn’t come out and said it, but he’s the official portraitist
That crazy right-wing guy John McNaughton
The other crazy right-wing guy David Bugnon
AFC commenter Franklin Einspruch

Obama

Richard Phillips (who painted Romney’s portrait, but ironically)
Chuck Close (who painted Obama’s for an Obama fundraiser)
Cindy Sherman
Lynda Benglis
Barbara Kruger
Richard Serra
Frank Stella
Mark di Suvero
Lawrence Weiner
John Baldessari
Ed Ruscha
Bruce Nauman
Claes Odenburg
Chris Burden
Frank Gehry
Jasper Johns
Richard Tuttle
Joel Shapiro
Jonathan Borofsky
Robert Gober
Ann Hamilton
David Hammonds
Ellsworth Kelly
Brice Marden
Julie Mehretu
James Rosenquist
Susan Rothenburg
Shepard Fairey
Ron English (as of last election)
Robert Indiana (as of last election)
And if it counts, Lena Dunham

And here’s a slideshow of the art they’ve made.