Lion of the Blogosphere

Amy Sherald is no John Singer Sargent

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/02/12/michelle-obama-portrait-faces-social-media-mockery-after-unveiling.html

Amy Sherald is no John Singer Sargent and not even a Gilbert Stuart. But artists with actual skill are no longer appreciated by the elites, so this crap is what we get.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 12, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Art, Uncategorized

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  1. She chose the artist based on her race. The artist is lousy, but the race identity trumps the art. Why aren’t people stating the obvious.

    Yakov

    February 12, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Amy Sherald said, ““I paint American people, and I tell American stories through the paintings I create,” Sherald said. “Once my paintings are complete, the model no longer lives in the painting as themselves. I see something bigger, more symbolic, an archetype.”

      I think I agree with her. Michelle looks like a bored teen which many women are on the inside.

      As for both paintings, they are unflattering because they are wholly undignified.

      not too late

      February 12, 2018 at EDT pm

  2. Lion, You and I are on the same astral plane!! I was thinking of JSS starting two days ago. He is truly one of the greatest watercolorists who ever lived. Pretty good oil painter too.

    The portrait is trash.

    I happen to like modern art, so sue me, but if they wanted an old-fashioned good portrait they should have chosen Jacob Collins. Unfortunately he’s a cishet white male, so no go.

    http://jacobcollins.format.com/portraits

    gothamette

    February 12, 2018 at EDT pm

    • “He is truly one of the greatest watercolorists who ever lived. Pretty good oil painter too.”

      I think you mean he was one of the greatest portrait painters who ever lived (some think the greatest), and also a pretty good watercolorist.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 12, 2018 at EDT pm

      • No, I mean he was one of the greatest watercolorists who ever lived, and one of the greatest portrait painters.

        Who was a greater watercolor painter? Winslow Homer might have been as good, but not better.

        gothamette

        February 12, 2018 at EDT pm

      • gothamette

        February 12, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Sargent is the best group portrait painter since Reynolds. I have seen most of his best portraits and most of Reynolds’ best portraits, they are on a par with each other. With respect to group portraits I can’t think of anybody else who is close in the last 300 years (since van Dyck and Rubens passed away). Probably about 100 or so other painters are at that level every once in a while, or slightly better, but Sargent does it again and again and again, which is kind of surprising because he seems to have had a fairly superficial personality.

        I can’t judge watercolors all that well. I look at them often – I have looked at thousands of very good ones, in galleries, your Boningtons, your Rubenses, your Whistlers and your Homers – I don’t really have favorites, I like them all when they remind me of the way the world looks.

        howitzer daniel

        February 12, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Howitzer Daniel, were you formerly “Buzzsaw Monkey”? If so, we’ve been friendly acquaintances in real life.

      Garr

      February 13, 2018 at EDT am

      • Sadly, though I am sure I never posted as Buzzsaw Monkey, it would have been fun.

        howitzer daniel

        February 14, 2018 at EDT am

  3. “But artists with actual skill are no longer appreciated by the elites, so this crap is what we get.”
    Lion, the message was reinforced last night with that awful Star Trek episode. The Klingons start a war because “muh purity”, which is bad according to SJWs, but then let a bunch of scumbag Orions on their planet pimping, gambling, and other lowlife activities. Bad writing last night, bad paintings this morning, what is next? I’ve seen better art from anime porn artists on the internet too. This is some ooga booga tier art.

    NotWesley

    February 12, 2018 at EDT pm

  4. A FLOTUS portrait isnt a real thing so I dont care.

    The Sherald painting is more of a painting of a woman in an elaborate dress (hence the lack of background). Not really a portrait, but then I dont think we needed one in the first place.

    The Obama painting is not good.

    It will not fit in with the other paintings in the gallery, which should been a goal.
    The face is good but oddly flat to the viewer. The perspective on the chair legs is off; maybe thats why there was an attempt to hide them with foliage. And there is something weird going on with the hands.

    Its odd to see the NYT readers falling over themselves to laud them.

    And I think U.S.Grant has the best portrait. We dont need a lot of prop paperwork like has now become common nor a figure with a generic background.

    Lion o' the Turambar

    February 12, 2018 at EDT pm

  5. This is what happens when you elevate race above competence. AA in a nutshell.

    Brendan

    February 12, 2018 at EDT pm

  6. “I’m also thinking about all the young people, particularly girls and girls of color, who in years ahead will come to this place and they will look up, and they will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the wall.”

    I hate the term “people of colour” as if there is something in common between an Indian Java engineer to Jay Z just because their colour is slightly similiar. So no, “most people of colour” will not get any inspiration from a black women portrait.

    Hashed

    February 12, 2018 at EDT pm

    • “I’m also thinking about all the young people, particularly girls and girls of color, who in years ahead will come to this place and they will look up, and they will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the wall.”

      And after seeing someone who looks like them they will still procede with their low accomplishment lives just as if they’d never seen the portrait.

      Curle

      February 12, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Yeah, the point of “people of color” is to draw a line around the hated out-group, i.e. white people.

      fortaleza84

      February 13, 2018 at EDT am

  7. On one hand, this is ultimately trivial…and hilarious. On the other hand, it’s a perfect encapsulation of the Obama era.

    I have a older lawyer friend who works in the federal judicial system. He’s very well-educated and intelligent (i.e. reads Classical Latin authors in the original for fun), and has the kind of elite academic credentials that would make our blogging host weep. But he’s a conservative white male, and his career hasn’t quite gotten to the level you might have hoped for based on his abilities. Who knows why, exactly. Apart from his politics, maybe he wasn’t a good enough schmoozer, or maybe he just had bad luck.

    In any case, this guy has had a long career and interacts with many judges on an up close and personal basis. He told me that prior to Obama, the Democratic administrations would appoint left-wing judges, but they were generally very talented left-wingers, the people most capable of advancing liberal jurisprudence. But under Obama, he said, it became all about diversity check boxes. After a black woman was appointed, it was time for gay Asian man, and so on. He said that a lot of these people aren’t even that smart, which is funny, because it might actually hurt the left in the long term. It’s one thing to be a reliable progressive vote, but another thing to create good precedents that influence many subsequent decisions.

    I believe him, because it certainly seems to be true with Obama’s Supreme Court nominees: a Latina woman who’s a terrible writer, and a (probably) lesbian woman. Apparently they chose portraitists the same way.

    AnonGuy

    February 12, 2018 at EDT pm

    • “But he’s a conservative white male, and his career hasn’t quite gotten to the level you might have hoped for based on his abilities. Who knows why, exactly.”

      Republicans have a preference for low intellect people as much as the Ds. Maybe more. There are lots of smart Republicans just like Steven Miller. Unfortunately most get passed over for socially adroit ciphers who repeat jargon they don’t understand and posses the depth of a tadpole. Evan McMullin for example.

      Curle

      February 12, 2018 at EDT pm

      • There’s an internet rumor going around that the Republican party is run by a cabal of gays that Reagan installed. Ronald, not Nancy. As usual I dismiss this, and then I wonder whether there isn’t truth to it. It would explain a lot.

        gothamette

        February 14, 2018 at EDT pm

    • “But under Obama, he said, it became all about diversity check boxes.”

      I can confirm this is true at the federal level. The White Genocide Party under Obama recognized that sodomites and/or swarthies will propel the WGP agenda more virulently and aggressively than any other demographic, so both his Supreme Court nominations are ugly, sexually frustrated lesbos. In Oregon the sexually confused governor Kate Brown appointed a fat ugly black woman to the Supreme Court.

      The WGP knows sodomites and swarthies base rulings on their hatred for the white Christian men of normal sexuality who are utterly oblivious to ugly women. It’s pure envy and bitterness masquerading as jurisprudence.

      hard9bf

      February 13, 2018 at EDT pm

  8. It would have been nice if Alex Katz did the portraits, but he would not make the AA crowd happy.

    The only two black portraitists I can think of are Chris Ofili, who’s British (google him to find out why his name rings a bell, LOL) and Kara Walker, the lady who does silhouette cut outs of antebellum slave scenes. Maybe Amy Sherald was really the best choice if race was the primary consideration.

    Christine

    February 12, 2018 at EDT pm

  9. By total chance, I came across a disturbing painting by the artist who did the Obama portrait, Kehinde Wiley.

    More here:

    https://www.thewrap.com/obama-portrait-artist-kehinde-wiley-black-women-decapitating-white-women/

    It’s a take on Judith beheading Holofernes, but it’s a picture of a sneering black woman beheading a white woman.

    “Two paintings from 2012, depicting the Biblical story of Judith beheading the Assyrian general Holofernes, began making the rounds online on Monday. In Wiley’s rendering, Judith is depicted as a black woman and Holofernes as a white woman.”

    Overt hostility on the part of blacks for whites is now routine. You don’t have to look for it, it’s everywhere.

    gothamette

    February 12, 2018 at EDT pm

  10. Michelle looks about as good in that portrait as I imagine she can be made to look. I don’t see the problem.

    Curle

    February 12, 2018 at EDT pm

  11. neither of the portraits featured a black person beheading a white person, so I have to assume they were painted by a racist

    Joe

    February 13, 2018 at EDT am

  12. “Barack Obama’s portrait was painted by Kehinde Wiley. It features a seven-foot portrait sitting in a field of flowers, including chrysanthemums, the official flower of Chicago; jasmine, a nod to Obama’s childhood in Hawaii; and African blue lilies to symbolize Obama’s late father who was from Kenya.”

    So there is a flower to represent the black father who abandoned him, but no flower to represent the white mother and grandparents who raised him.

    John D'oh

    February 13, 2018 at EDT am

    • The Jasmine for his Hawaiian family?

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 13, 2018 at EDT am

      • “The Jasmine for his Hawaiian family?”

        Obama himself was always going on about how we was the byproduct of Kansas and Kenya. The state flower of Kansas is the sunflower.

        John D'oh

        February 13, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Why didnt they paint Obama in a hoodie to commemorate saint trayvon?

      driveallnight

      February 13, 2018 at EDT am

  13. Reminds me of the statue of Martin Luther King in Washington. It’s absolutely hideous – he looks like Ming the Merciless! Built in China and installed by Chinese workers – how appropriate! But nobody says anything because, well, racism. If you don’t like the awful statue, you don’t like King, therefore, you’re a racist! Of course – what could be plainer!

    I’ve got mixed feelings about King, but even I think he deserves better than this monstrosity.

    Black Death

    February 13, 2018 at EDT pm

  14. For some reason Sherald painted Fred Armisen in blackface and tried to pass it off as a portrait of Obama.

    I think Sherald might be a Dadaist.

    hard9bf

    February 13, 2018 at EDT pm

  15. I don’t like either of the portraits. I don’t get it.

    GondwanaMan

    February 13, 2018 at EDT pm


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