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Obama as Art

by Rachel Levitt


Tags: Arts, visual art, Paris, political art, Barack Obama, Dorothy Polley,

France ObamaDorothy Polley, New York expat and owner of Dorothy’s Gallery in Paris, has commissioned 30 artists to create paintings, sketches, videos, and other media inspired by Barack Obama. The artists are mostly French, with a few notable Americans (like cartoonist Edward Koren) featured as well.

Inspired by the Manifest Hope gallery in Denver, Polley organized the show in less than a month, paying the artists out of her own pocket. In addition to the art, Polley has organized several events designed to raise awareness and funds for Obama’s campaign like a fundraiser cocktail party, a roundtable discussion with members of Democrats Abroad, and an evening of music conceived with Obama in mind.

The show runs from October 3 to November 17, with a portion of the proceeds from the sale of works going to the Obama campaign. It’s unclear if Obama actually needs more money, but with so much artmusicfashion, and even poetry coming out of the presidential race, the national trend of political creativity was bound to catch on overseas sooner or later.

Image by Cyril Anguelidis, courtesy of Dorothy Polley.

rachel levitt
10/8/2008 4:35:08 PM

I forgot to add my source for this post, which was an article in Le Monde (in French): http://www.lemonde.fr/elections-americaines/article/2008/10/04/art-et-politique-la-dorothy-s-gallery-mobilise-les-partisans-du-candidat-democrate-a-paris_1103005_829254.html#xtor=RSS-3208


steph g_4
10/8/2008 9:00:22 AM

Here's a pro-Obama online art auction (featuring Alec Soth, David Maisel and many others) that benefits groups who are spearheading get out the vote efforts. The auction ends October 10th: http://www.cmarket.com/auction/AuctionHome.action?_sourcePage=%2FauctionHome.jsp&auctionId=74011871


cally carswell
10/7/2008 8:17:09 PM

A similar online project was just launched by a group of designers to count down the last 30 days to the election. Each day, a new designer debuts an original poster in support of Obama. The site's called "30 Reasons" and so far, the images are quite good. Check it out: http://www.30reasons.org/index.php?p=archive&id=1