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.