When Bill Clinton ate here, an august equestrian portrait hung above the fireplace. But now, the family dining room in the White House, which is often used by the President for informal dinners, is to become altogether funkier. Rauschenberg’s Early Bloomer [Anagram (a Pun)], 1998 a gift from the Rauschenberg foundation, will soon grace its walls, becoming only the fourth work of contemporary art to enter the White House Collection. It will join two works by Josef Albers and one by Georgia O’Keeffe. The new display signals a considerable shift in Presidential taste: when the Obamas first moved into the White House they decorated their private quarters with abstract pieces by living American artists such as an Ed Ruscha canvas on loan from the National Gallery in Washington.
Dietmar Elger and Helmut Friedel speak about the exhibition Gerhard Richter: Atlas at the Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Dresden, Germany (20 min., 58 sec.).
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Below is a clip from the middle section of Hollis Frampton’s Surface Tension (1968). In it, we see a sped-up journey from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park in New York City. Frampton considered the bridge (along with Stonehenge) to be “one of the primary aesthetic experiences of his life,” according to P. Adams Sitney.
Video Clip: Surface Tension (1968)
A recording of postmodern philosopher Jean Baudrillard reciting his poetry at the Chance Festival at Whiskey Pete’s Casino in Stateline Nevada in 1996 while a freestyle band backs him up. The members of the group include Tom Watson, Mike Kelley, George Hurley, Lynn Johnston, Dave Muller and Amy Stoll, with special guest vocalist Allucquère Rosanne Stone.
Listen: Baudrillard Live