Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Obama Art Takes Over Chicago

CHICAGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – History wasn’t the only thing being made during Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

In fact, President Obama inspired a whole new movement in the world of art during his historic race to the White House.

Those works – including paintings, posters, and photos from Obama’s campaign – will be displayed April 1 through May 15 at the Chicago Tourism Center in an exhibition titled Officially Unofficial: Inspired Art For Obama.

Curator Scott Thomas – former Design Director of the Obama campaign – says the exhibit will showcase top-notch art created during the course of the campaign.

This includes Shepard Fairey’s infamous “Hope” and “Change” portraits, and photos that Thomas took while campaigning for Obama.

He says Obama inspired hundreds of artists who felt compelled to immortalize him in quirky ways.

He knows of an artist who made an Obama portrait entirely out of seeds and another artist who used coins for the president’s face.

Thomas is in the process of putting together a book of Obama campaign art tentatively titled, Designing Obama.

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