Barack Obama’s Art Collection

08/28/2012 10:13 AM |

1. Ed Ruscha, I Think I’ll …,1983

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President Obama wasn’t always politically-minded. As an undergraduate at Occidental College, he wrote for a student literary journal. From that flash-in-a-pan moment, here is a little-known poem, entitled “Pop”:

Sitting in his seat, a seat broad and broken
In, sprinkled with ashes,
Pop switches channels, takes another
Shot of Seagrams, neat, and asks,
What to do with me, a green young man
Who fails to consider the
Flim and flam of the world, since
Things have been easy for me.

4 Comment

  • No homage to Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, to the Sooners,the explorers of the west as depicted by Bierstadt, the beauty of the Hudson Valley, the stunning depictions of this great land by T. Moran; where is the industrial revolution depicted and the incomparable achievements of true American. Lost in his taste for art is history which is ignored for popular replications of work which have been classified as art by a rich,elite,oligarchy of self absorbed charlatans. When the world’s “best art critics” cannot distinguish between the fake or real splattering and drippings of paint by a five year old and those of the regal,godlike Jackson Pollock the fraud of the entire field becomes evident. When silk screens of Campbell soup cans become art, Barack Obama becomes president and all values are lost.

  • Mr. Faller’s dyspeptic remarks stand as an objet trouvé worthy of being added to the White House collection. I suggest hanging it over the toilet.

  • Now, now, don’t fret Mr. Faller. I’m sure next week’s piece on Mitt Romney’s collection will satisfy all your needs for predictability and revisionist art.

  • What a stellar collection of inspiring American artists!