Barack Obama’s Art Collection

08/28/2012 10:13 AM |

5. Alma Thomas, Sky Light, 1973

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Michelle Obama, who sits on the advisory board for the Committee for the Preservation of the White House, chose two pieces by Alma Thomas to be included in the White House collection. So, what does the First Lady think about art? It’s well-known that the first-couple went to the Art Institute of Chicago on their first date, but other than that it’s hard to tell. Since becoming First Lady, she has remarked:

The arts are not just a nice thing to have or to do if there is free time or if one can afford it. Rather, paintings and poetry, music and fashion, design and dialogue, they all define who we are as a people and provide an account of our history for the next generation.

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 trouv√© 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!