Saturday, December 11, 2010

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Over the years the White House has been a revolving door of politics and artistic preferences.  1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has amassed a treasure of roughly 450 works, mostly 19th century still lifes, pastorals and portraits.  In a sharp departure the Obama's have casted a wider net by choosing bold, abstract works of art by minorities and female artists in the celebration of diversity. The pieces of art that were selected for loan act as a bridge between the historic legacy of the permanent collection and the diverse voices of the 20th and 21st century artists.  Here is a peak into what hangs on the walls of the Obama's private residence and offices, including the Oval Office.

"Nice" by Nicolas De Stael

"Homage to the Square" by Josef Albers

"Sky Light" by Alma Thomas

"I Think I'll" by Ed Ruscha

"Black Like Me" by Glenn Ligon

"Berkeley No. 52" by Richard Diebenkorn

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