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April 04, 2014

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Marja-Leena

Before coming here, I saw a news item about GWB's art show and had a look - embarrassingly bad work IMHO!! I agree with what you write (will they come after me?).

Hattie

Marja-Leena: I think you're pretty safe in Canada!

Brandon

Barney looks a little like an armadillo.
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http://news.yahoo.com/photos/portraits-by-george-w-bush-slideshow/
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He was interviewed on The Today Show by his daughter Jenna Hager and Barbara Bush joined in later. When asked if she would pose for a painting, she said no. I think she was joking.

Marja-Leena

Interesting to put him in the class of outsider art, hmmm... I don't think anyone would look at it if it weren't for his being a former president.

Then there is this by the Guardian's art critic:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/04/george-bush-paintings

Hattie

I think probably Barney got his back shaved, maybe because of heat rash or mange.
The error is to try to judge Bush's work on the grounds of taste and skill. Take it for what it is and what it says about the man who produced it and what he hopes to gain from it. The earlier stuff, of dogs, cats, etc. and his self portraiture are worth looking at and analyzing as outsider art. The portraits are just bad art and not worth anyone's time for any reason.

janinsanfran

Darn it -- because you wrote about GWB's paintings, I felt driven to look at them. Waste of time-wasting leisure that. :-)

Hattie

jan: When you have time to waste, I'm your girl!

Brandon

The painting above is not of Barney but of Miss Beazley, the Bushes' other Scottish terrier.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/george-w-bushs-naked-self-poraits-paintings-cats-dogs-1433524

Hattie

Brandon: I stand corrected.

Brandon

I thought it was Barney too till last night, when I read a Dallas Morning News article about Bush's paintings that gave the correct caption. And Barney's the more famous of the two dogs.

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