No, George W. Bush’s paintings tell us nothing about Iraq

31f8mf No, George W. Bush’s paintings tell us nothing about Iraq

“When I get to heaven I mean to spend a considerable portion of my first million years in painting, and so get to the bottom of the subject.” — Winston ChurchillGeorge W. Bush’s art teacher believes in his passion. “His whole heart was in it,” said Bonnie Flood, a Georgia-based artist who reportedly spent one month — six hours a day — teaching the former president to paint.But what exactly was Bush’s heart in? The preening assertion by his once and former mentor that he will “[go] down in history as a great painter,” if not a great president, is plain flattery. Talent isn’t at issue here. Divine or profane, his is painting on faith: direct, observational subject matter — dogs, cats, fruit, sunsets, and himself in the bathroom — imbued with an otherworldly ambiguity through the botched certainty of its execution.Continue Reading…

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No, George W. Bush’s paintings tell us nothing about Iraq

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