Obamas Pick Bold, Modern Artwork for The White House

Obamas Pick Bold, Modern Artwork for The White House

Rachael Grad
Oct 9, 2009

Last summer we blogged about the Obamas' call for modern artwork in the White House. They put out a request to museums for bold, abstract, and modern artwork to replace the 19th-century still lifes, landscapes, and portraits that had long adorned the White House walls. This week, the White House announced the Obamas' art picks...

Among the Obamas' choices:
• "Watusi (Hard Edge)" by Alma Thomas, an African-American painter who is a longtime DC resident;
• "Buffalo Chase, with Accidents" by George Catlin;
• "Nice" (1954) by Nicolas De Stael.;
• "Black Like Me No. 2" (1992) by Glenn Ligon.

The artwork is borrowed from three DC museums: the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Gallery of Art, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. All the pieces were taken from storage, so nothing was taken down from public displays for the Obamas.

A Bold and Modern White House from The New York Times
• see the full list of paintings on Daily Campello Art News
Barack Obama brings new art in at the White House from The Telegraph (U.K.)
Changing the Artwork in the White House

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