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Jerry Saltz: George W. Bush Is a Good Painter!
Vulture ^ | 2/8/13 | Jerry Saltz

Posted on 02/10/2013 7:35:26 AM PST by woofie

OMG! Pigs fly. I like something about George W. Bush. A lot. After spending more than a decade having almost physiological-chemical reactions anytime I saw him, getting the heebie-jeebies whenever he spoke — after being sure from the start that he was a Gremlin on the wing of America — I really like the paintings of George W. Bush.

A hacker today released what are apparently Bush family photos and three of W's own "in-progress" paintings. They all look finished to me. We knew Winston Churchill was a painter. But George W. Bush?! Our W.! I didn't even think he had an inner life, let alone a muse that called him to art! Gawker calls them "awkward" and "simple." Gawker is wrong — way wrong.

I saw only three images. One of W in the act of painting. I love that he wears a baseball cap. Better yet, he paints in the weight room! There are mirrors and equipment all around. What other artist paints in his own weight room!? He is putting touches with a little brush on what looks like a stone house, maybe his own Texas ranch, maybe a settler's farm. [Update: The building is actually St. Ann's Episcopal Church in Kennebunkport, Maine, the seaside town where Bush spent much of his childhood.] The architecture strikes me as real and imagined: a small central home with maybe an addition, and a large round silo. There appear to be two crosses atop this overall structure, one on the main house and a larger one on the silo. American Gothic indeed.

The purity of the lone American farmer. Individuality. No neighbors in sight. Alone on one's own land. It is the isolation of rural America writ in bricks and mortar. Clearly this is not a poor person's home.

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography
KEYWORDS: bush43; bushart
From the Art World ...Where hating Bush is a way of life.
1 posted on 02/10/2013 7:35:43 AM PST by woofie
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To: woofie

Frankly, I wouldn’t let W paint my barn - and it needs it.


2 posted on 02/10/2013 7:41:28 AM PST by WorkingClassFilth
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To: WorkingClassFilth

I see you are in the artworld


3 posted on 02/10/2013 7:43:21 AM PST by woofie
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To: woofie
From the Art World ...Where hating Bush all Republicans is a way of life.
4 posted on 02/10/2013 7:45:25 AM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: woofie
His recently departed Barney.

Notice the signature.

5 posted on 02/10/2013 7:49:37 AM PST by Drew68
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To: Drew68

Really, that’s quite good. I wonder what medium it was done in?


6 posted on 02/10/2013 7:53:28 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: woofie
Oh for God's sake - what a bunch of baloney.

It's like defining wine - “with a hint of appleberry and a smidgen of pepper and a finish of slight pomegranate” - so many things imputed by the voyeur that most likely weren't ever intended in the first place.

Either you like it or you don't.

7 posted on 02/10/2013 7:54:10 AM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: woofie

Who is this idiot? He describes a Church as a manor house, after he’s told us it is a Church.


8 posted on 02/10/2013 7:58:58 AM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: woofie

the paintings aren’t that great... then again GW isn’t a professional artist. it’s a hobby.

then again I can understand why the writer thinks they are completed and amazing... artwork today looks like some that was produced by splashing paint on an epileptic patient while they have a siezure on a canvas.


9 posted on 02/10/2013 8:05:22 AM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Drew68

I love the signature. He’s a humorous guy, and I have to laugh at his subjects, himself in the shower, and I suspect those are his legs in the tub. I can’t draw a stick figure so I think his art is really great, even better if he enjoys the process.


10 posted on 02/10/2013 8:19:54 AM PST by This I Wonder32460
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To: woofie

Eisenhower painted landscapes as a hobby too.


11 posted on 02/10/2013 8:21:23 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

"Hitler....now there was a painter...he could paint an entire apartment in one afternoon.....Two coats."

12 posted on 02/10/2013 8:24:56 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: woofie

How could anyone viewing the painting of the church NOT immediately know it as a church??? That says all about the author I need to know.


13 posted on 02/10/2013 8:27:03 AM PST by pgkdan ( "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Drew68

Wow...I’m very impressed with the artists talent. Gotta love the signature.


14 posted on 02/10/2013 8:28:30 AM PST by pgkdan ( "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Drew68

Wow...I’m very impressed with the artists talent. Gotta love the signature.


15 posted on 02/10/2013 8:28:41 AM PST by pgkdan ( "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: woofie
I didn't even think he had an inner life...

What a stupid a-hole this Saltz guy is.

16 posted on 02/10/2013 8:30:05 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: woofie

We will know soon if this strikes a chord in the Liberal World. Barry will either state that he “paints all the time” and then in a week or two, pics of “the One” painting will be released, or his “email” will be hacked and pics of Fantastic Art Pieces wills be plastered on Gawker.

I can just imagine what Barry will have painted.....


17 posted on 02/10/2013 8:36:13 AM PST by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: woofie

I concur with the author, they’re interesting. Paint more, Gee Dub.


18 posted on 02/10/2013 8:44:23 AM PST by fattigermaster (When tigers hunt, the jackals profit...when tigers sleep, the jackals rule.)
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To: fattigermaster

Jeb is the one who needs to make painting a career.


19 posted on 02/10/2013 8:47:29 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: This I Wonder32460
He’s a humorous guy, and I have to laugh at his subjects, himself in the shower, and I suspect those are his legs in the tub.

Washing off all the Democrat monkeypoo that was constantly flung his way.

20 posted on 02/10/2013 9:26:08 AM PST by Albion Wilde (Gun control is hitting what you aim at. -- Chuck Norris)
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To: Yardstick
"What a stupid a-hole this Saltz guy is."

Thats the understatement of the year...

21 posted on 02/10/2013 9:36:02 AM PST by Yehuda
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To: Albion Wilde

You know, the author remarked on the paintings of bathing/showering alluding to hidden meaning, and I think you may be close to the mark. He does seem to be trying to scrub off the stink of politics and stripping down to his essential self. I also have to agree with the author that he is somewhat a guy in his own world...but then, aren’t we all.


22 posted on 02/10/2013 9:41:02 AM PST by fattigermaster (When tigers hunt, the jackals profit...when tigers sleep, the jackals rule.)
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To: Albion Wilde

You know, the author remarked on the paintings of bathing/showering alluding to hidden meaning, and I think you may be close to the mark. He does seem to be trying to scrub off the stink of politics and stripping down to his essential self. I also have to agree with the author that he is somewhat a guy in his own world...but then, aren’t we all.


23 posted on 02/10/2013 11:48:15 AM PST by fattigermaster (When tigers hunt, the jackals profit...when tigers sleep, the jackals rule.)
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To: woofie
LOL - W never responded to his critics while in the Whitehouse ...
he probably won't respond to Jerry's critique of his stolen artwork.

George W Bush - pre 9/11

24 posted on 02/10/2013 12:55:37 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: woofie

I like the fact that Bush is a painter. I’d like to see more of his work.


25 posted on 02/10/2013 1:18:19 PM PST by thecodont
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To: Liberty Valance
Dubya was a very sexy good looking man....

was he really as self assured and confident inside?....did he have cahones of steel to take the constant personal attacks and yet still smile and be happy?...

26 posted on 02/10/2013 10:32:29 PM PST by cherry
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To: Drew68

When former president George W. Bush unveiled his paintings of world leaders during an interview with daughter Jenna Bush Hager on TODAY Friday, it brought back memories of an encounter with Vladimir Putin that revealed a lot about the character of the Russian president.

“As you know, our dear dog Barney, who had a special place in my heart — Putin dissed him and said, ‘You call it a dog?’’’ Bush told Hager.

He continued: “A year later, your mom and I go to visit and Vladimir says, ‘Would you like to meet my dog?’ Out bounds this huge hound, obviously much bigger than a Scottish terrier, and Putin looks at me and says, ‘Bigger, stronger and faster than Barney.’

“I just took it in. I didn’t react. I just said, ‘Wow. Anybody who thinks ‘my dog is bigger than your dog’ is an interesting character.’ And that painting kind of reflects that.”

http://www.today.com/news/bush-putin-dissed-our-pet-said-his-dog-was-bigger-2D79484676?ocid=msnhp


27 posted on 04/04/2014 10:43:11 AM PDT by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: thecodont

A slideshow:

http://www.fastcocreate.com/3028677/see-george-w-bushs-portraits-of-world-leaders-and-cats-revealed-today


28 posted on 04/04/2014 10:46:30 AM PDT by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: Drew68

Barney once bit a reporter. I think he captured the essence of Barney. The eye says it all.


29 posted on 04/04/2014 10:49:55 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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