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Alma Thomas, Resurrection, 1966, acrylic and graphite on canvas. WHITE HOUSE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION

The Obamas Bring More Modern and Contemporary Art into the White House

Every U.S. president’s political vision comes with an artistic one, as well. As the New York Times reports, Barack Obama has broadened the scope of the White House’s art collection, replacing stuffy portraits with more modern and contemporary art.The article specifically … Read More


John Baldessari, Meredith Monk Will Receive National Medals of Arts at the White House

The White House announced today that President Barack Obama will present the 2014 National Medals of Arts to John Baldessari, Ann Hamilton, Meredith Monk, and more in a ceremony on September 10. The full list of recipients, who were selected by the National … Read More

At center are LACMA Director Michael Govan, Michael Heizer (the gentleman with the hat), President Obama, Nevada Senator Harry Reid, and Nevada Congresswoman Dana Titus.REPRESENTATIVE DINA TITUS/TWITTER

Here’s a Photo of President Obama, Michael Heizer, Harry Reid, and Michael Govan Celebrating the Protection of Heizer’s ‘City’

It just doesn’t get better than this. On Friday, as you may have read, President Obama signed a proclamation establishing the Basin and Range National Monument, some 704,000 acres of land in Nevada that includes all sorts of fossils as … Read More


Here’s a Photo of an Alma Thomas Painting in the White House

It’s a beautiful Wednesday afternoon here in New York City—about 70 degrees and partly cloudy—and it just feels like the right time to share this photo, which has Alma Thomas’s Resurrection (1966), a stunner of a painting, presiding over a Passover … Read More

Björk at the Ruisrock Festival in Finland in 1998.


Morning Links: Björk Show Edition

Reykjavík’s mayor Dagur Bergþóruson Eggertsson saw MoMA’s Björk show and would now like to host the exhibition at Reykjavík Art Museum after it closes in New York on June 7. A MoMA spokesperson says that the museum has been “exploring opportunities to tour the Björk … Read More

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Patrick Nagatani, d’Alamogordo Blues, 1986. COURTESY THE WESTLICHT COLLECTION, VIENNA.

Camera Ready: Artists Play With Polaroid

A new book chronicles the ways that artists ranging from Ansel Adams to Warhol, Close, and Wegman harnessed the speed and palette of the instant camera Read More


‘Hope’ Against Hope

As the legal saga around Shepard Fairey's Obama portrait draws to a close, the country has moved on . Read More


Critics Nix Obamas’ Pix Mix

Searching for meaning in the art selected for the presidential residence. Read More