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Modern Art Monday Presents: Portrait of President Barack Obama By Kehinde Wiley

barack obama by kehinde wiley photo by gail worley
Photo By Gail

The unveiling of the portrait of President Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley in 2018 was a historic moment. With the Obamas‘ selection of Wiley and Amy Sherald (who painted First Lady Michelle Obama’s portrait) to produce their official likenesses, these painters became the first black artist to receive the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s commission for portraits of a President or First Lady.

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Will Ryman, Two Rooms at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Will Ryman Situation Room
The Situation Room (All Photos By Gail)

What we like best about artist Will Ryman is the fact that all of his projects look completely different to each other. Whether it is sculptures of Giant Roses, a big Bird made of nails, or a Golden scale replica of the Log Cabin where Abraham Lincoln was born, it is always fun to see what he is going to do next.

Right now, Paul Kasmin Gallery’s West 27th Street space is hosting Two Rooms, a solo exhibition featuring two of Ryman’s new sculptural installations.  The Situation Room (2012–2014) is a life-size installation based on the iconic photograph that captured members of the Obama administration and U.S. military leaders watching in real time the Navy SEAL raid on Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011. Among those gathered in the White House Situation Room were President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Developed over the course of three years, the sculpture is composed of crushed black coal as a reference to industrial development and as a means to redact the specificity of the photograph, reducing the tableau to its elemental components. The Situation Room is a contemplation on war, power, propaganda, industrialization, and political theater. In its reductive monumentality, Ryman’s appropriation of the photograph becomes an anonymous fossilization of the timelessness of war.

Will Ryman Classroom

Classroom presents 12 figures from the same cast, each made of a different natural resource or composite essential to various cultures and economies including cadmium, titanium, salt, iron, oil, chrome, copper, wood, and gold.

Wax Student

Arranged in four rows of three, the figures evoke traditional classroom settings, interchangeable workers in a factory’s assembly line, or soldiers in military formation.

Iron and Gold Student

Their youthful appearance references the practice of child labor so widespread in many countries. Corporations in developed countries often refer to their employees as their greatest “natural resource,” and in one interpretation of the installation, Ryman extends the metaphor to an inexorable conclusion: workers are a material to be mined and exploited in the service of industry. They are, to the extent possible, mechanized.

Red and Silver Student

Will Ryman’s Two Rooms will be on Exhibit Through Oct 17th, 2015 at Paul Kasmin Gallery, Located at 515 West 27th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Copper Student

Fine Dining at Philippe: Haute Chinese Cuisine By Philippe Chow

Fine Dining in Manhattan isn’t always all about molecular gastronomy and tiny portions served on over-sized plates. While “Fine Dining Bargain” is not a phrase you are likely to hear at any time other than during restaurant week, there are upscale restaurants in town where you can get an exceptional value for your hard earned cash while also indulging your inner Foodie. One such destination is Philippe on East 60th Street, which has become a favorite of celebrity clientele from Lady Gaga to President Obama, and we think we know why: the location is discreet and food is off the hook.

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Video of the Day: Obama Parrot says "Yes We Can!"

This totally made my day.

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Barack Obama Action Figures

Jailbreak Toys has announced a pair of new variants of their Obama Action Figure. The HOPE Edition, designed by Nelson Asencio, is a tribute to Shepard Fairey’s iconic poster, and the Inaugural Edition was designed by Jailbreak’s own J*Rock as a way to celebrate what’s about to become the biggest Inauguration Party of all time. Set to be released on January 12th, 2009, each figure will be part of a numbered limited edition of 3,000 pieces.

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“Obama Said Knock You Out”

I had to do it.

Vote for "That One"

Wow, didn’t John McCain give the shoddiest, most shamefully embarrassing of all performances at the debate the other night? Doddering around the stage like Skeletor, using that “Drinking Game Worthy” buzz-phrase “My Friends” ad nauseum, avoiding addressing any issue, referring to Barack Obama as “That one” and even refusing to shake Obama’s hand at the end of the debate. What a total low class douche bag. The funny thing is how the Obama campaign and supporters have already put a spin on McCain’s disrespectful insult by creating “I’m voting For That One” T-Shirts and stickers. Way to run with it! That One 08!!!