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Really interesting article over at the WSJ highlighting the ways in which the Obamas are shaking up the art on the White House walls. Out with the dated frontier landscapes; in with the hot modern artists: Diebenkorn, Ruscha (his 1983 piece pictured at left), and Johns, just to name a few favorites that made my eyebrows raise.

Still pinching myself. Can these cultured and arts-conscious people possibly be in the White House? Can Obama possibly have earmarked $50 million in the stimulus package for the National Endowment for the Arts? I'm dreaming.

Read the article for an illuminating peek into the politics of choosing White House art. I had no idea it was such a complicated process: committees and approval and blah blah blah. All for a little inspirational Ruscha on the walls.*

Changing the Art on the White House Walls (WSJ)

*(Did you know he's Nebraska-born? Me neither.)


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