Barack Obama’s Art Collection

08/28/2012 10:13 AM |

6. Glenn Ligon, Black Like Me, No. 2, 1992


Ligon repeats the phrase “All traces of the griffin had been wiped from existence” over and over again until it disappears into a blotted mess. It’s one of the least cheery paintings included in this selection, and with that sentiment, let’s not pretend Obama has made the arts his number one priority. During his presidency, NEA funding has continued to plummet. Unlike presidential hopeful Mitt Romney who wants to wipe the NEA from existence, we hope for better things from Obama who at the very least believes in keeping a steadfast course. From his inaugural address:

With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter.

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!