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The New York Times article on how wonderful these newly unveiled paintings are doesn’t mention anything about the Extra Finger Mystery.

It’s not unknown for famous people to have six fingers. Comedian Drew Carey claims to have six toes on one foot, although he could be joking. The Scottish thinker Robert Chambers, whose 1844 book Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation paved the way for Darwinism, had six fingers on each hand. An extra finger is more common among blacks than other races.

But I’ve never heard of Obama having an extra finger before. I can’t find a picture of him with an extra pinky on his left hand:

Homer Simpson has an unusual number of fingers and he likes receding into hedges too:

Also, why is one of the back legs on the chair Obama is sitting upon broken-looking? Or is the famous painter Kehinde Wiley just incompetent at perspective? Or does Kehinde not exactly paint much at all and just outsources the actual painting to his assistants in Beijing?

And here’s the President’s official portraitist’s version of the Biblical tale of Judith beheading Holofernes: a proud African queen decapitating a Becky with the good hair:

 
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  1. To flip off the country twice.

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  2. I dunno. The whole painting is weirdly skewed. Obama is sitting with his legs spread way far apart. I don’t think anybody actually sits like that unless he or she is on a subway and doesn’t want somebody taking the next seat.

    The front and the back of the chair are wildly out of proportion. It looks like someone took a photo of a chair, scanned it in and then used photoshop to move the front left leg of the chair several inches to the left, in an attempt to extend the seat of the chair to the left so that Obama’s left buttock would not be in mid-air. Obama’s left leg still seems to be where the front of the left armrest should be.

    Maybe all this is intentional? At least the figure in the chair is recognizably Barack Obama. I can’t recognize the portrait on the right as a portrait of Michelle Obama. There is so little facial detail that the figure could be a stand-in for a generic African-American woman. And the skin tone is so light that I am surprised no one has accused the artist of white-washing the former FLOTUS.

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    • Replies: @JimB
    I’ve seen better paint-on-velvet art hanging in Levittown split levels than these portraits. In every public high school in America there is at least one 10 th grader who can paint as well as this “portraitist.” But his mother isn’t Michelle Obama’s tennis partner’s Pilates instructor so he won’t be given a shot at the big time.

    Seriously, these portraits are the same kind of crap you see painted on brick walls on the side of bodegas and free health clinics in Oakland, CA.

    , @lagertha
    Obama, as a child, was alienated to the USA (he grew up in Indonesia by way of Hawaii...paradise) but yet. he claimed to love the USA - he hated Occidental U in Cali; transferred to Columbia...but, he still was unhappy. I blame his parents and his useless, bullshit Bolshevik grandparents. At some point, women need to think: can I afford to have a baby? If you can't have a baby - don't have one. I fully hate the Clintons, the Obamas, Kennedys...-hate em'all - they probably consume fetuses and dead babies/drink their blood. - I'm not even Catholic!

    Check out the fingers- count em'! Haha - bad artist.

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  3. Like their subjects, the portraits are inspirational in that they are groundbreaking, thoughtful, wonderfully composed and show, in the best way, what humans are capable of achieving. My eyes teared-up as I watched the unveiling, and heard the artists’ statements, and felt the calming strength that President Obama and Michelle convey so well with their words and demeanor. The pull is great to see the paintings hanging in the Smithsonian.

    The most moving thing about the unveiling was just seeing the President and the First Lady again. If Americans miss him half as much as this Canadian does, then there’s a lot of sorrow in America. How is it possible that this noble couple was followed by what is currently occupying the White House? Shame on America.

    What we once were, we can be again. If art can give hope, it did so for me today.

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    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    TD, shame, shame. This is a cut and paste from the NYT's comments.
    , @Johann Ricke

    Like their subjects, the portraits are inspirational in that they are groundbreaking, thoughtful, wonderfully composed and show, in the best way, what humans are capable of achieving. My eyes teared-up as I watched the unveiling, and heard the artists’ statements, and felt the calming strength that President Obama and Michelle convey so well with their words and demeanor.
     
    Is your day job a gig at The Onion?
    , @Louis Renault

    What we once were, we can be again.
     
    Yes. That's why they have to go back.
    , @Eric Ruttencutter
    Are you serious? Obama as a ground rule double, lost in the ivy at Wrigley Field?
    , @black sea
    Hmm, your first mention of being a Canadian. Shouldn't you call yourself Tiny Goose?
    , @Wick
    Obama Leaf, is that you?
    , @Anonymous
    thanks tiny. little comic relief welcomed in the midst of a serious discussion.
    , @AndrewR
    This may be your best work yet. Bravissimo.
    , @fish

    My eyes teared-up as I watched the unveiling, and heard the artists’ statements....
     
    Ohs Tinys......yo eyes teered up the first time Ledsnerd and Tinys made dat "TinyDucken" by putting "little Ledsnert" inside! Teers an teers...

    Good tymes.


    Ledsenert "memeberin teh firstis tyme" Pittts
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  4. Those cannibis leaves aren’t represented very realistically.

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  5. From what I’ve seen on twitter, “Black Woman Beheading White Woman” seems to be a favorite motif of this painter.

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  6. How does Official Obama Presidential Portrait Artist get his job after painting this:

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    • Replies: @Alfa158
    What? That IS, how he got it.
    , @Anon
    That's good. I welcome more anti-white art by black folks. Good for making white folks wake up to reality.

    That pic should be called black female OJ Juror and Nicole Simpson's head.
    , @AndrewR
    Barack Obama may not have murderous fantasies about whites, but he's sympathetic to those who do.
    , @Neoconned
    I love Kanye West's line from his song "Golddigga"....."and then he goin to leave you ass for a white girl...."
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  7. He also appears to be married to a better looking woman than Michelle.

    BTW the artist likes to paint pictures of black people holding the heads of decapitated white people:

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    Bad Idea
    , @J.Ross
    Watch charities. Charities, especially those dealing with third world children and especially in Haiti, have been covering up crimes along the lines of what was warned in 2016, and now things are going to be investigated properly.
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  9. This might be a case of Diego Rivera painting the lobby of the Rockefeller center. If only there was a way he could have checked the work before hand.

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  10. OT: a Chicago Alderman files a complaint against police officers who opposed building public housing in Jefferson Park:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-arena-northwest-side-housing-police-complaint-20180202-story.html

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  11. Painting stands up there with this masterpiece.

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    • Replies: @Charles Erwin Wilson II
    Which one is Obama? And which one is Mrs. Obama?
    , @larry lurker
    Hey, looks like someone we know!

    Anyway, I can see how someone could glance at the Obama painting and see an extra digit there. But maybe whatever she was working from (a photo of Obama? a photo of some guy's hand?) looked exactly like that. So then is it her duty as an artist to try to make her source material look less weird? Maybe. (She pulled it off with Michelle!)

    , @SunBakedSuburb
    Good laugh. Thanks.
    , @Hhsiii
    Completely forgot this part of this scene. Scorcese’s mom.
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  12. Former MLB reliever Antonio Alfonseca has 6 fingers on each hand.

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    • Replies: @Hhsiii
    Yup, most in major league history. With 25000 guys in 2nd. Bob Wickman next with 9.7. And Mordecai "Three Fingers" Brown in last.
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  13. Michelle Obama is not very attractive, and Im not even saying that as a right wing extremist. Hillary, on an age adjusted basis is significantly better looking. Barack I feel could do much better, but then again his college girlfriends didn’t seem too attractive either.

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    • Replies: @üeljang
    People make too many negative comments about Michelle Obama's looks. She is really quite good-looking for a black woman. You may think that Michelle is no Aphrodite, that Abe Shinzo's wife is plain, or that Jiang Qing or any other of Mao Zedong's wives was not particularly attractive, but they deserve to be compared to other members of their own ethnic group. Abe Akie is not ugly compared to the average Japanese woman; in fact, she looks very typical.

    The problem is that most women of most ethnic groups look quite plain compared to an average white woman who has not allowed herself to become a disgusting land whale; this may even be the number one reason why we see so much vitriol directed against whites. Case in point: that other painting by this portrait artist.
    , @Art Deco
    Hillary, on an age adjusted basis is significantly better looking.

    https://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160510181822-hillary-clinton-senate-2000-restricted-super-169.jpg

    Whatever
    , @SteveRogers42
    What are these "college girlfriends" of which you speak?

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/u59Oua3Vn9E/hqdefault.jpg
    , @Art Deco
    but then again his college girlfriends didn’t seem too attractive either.

    He didn't date supermodels. Few men do (and fewer men have a pleasant experience of such when all is said and done). He wasn't well-focused, wasn't notably handsome, and didn't have great people skills one-on-one, so I don't know why you'd have expected him to be squiring around anyone but ordinary girls.

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  14. Someone needs to tell Inigo Montoya.

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  15. I don’t see an extra finger.

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    • Replies: @O'Really
    I don't either. Maybe someone can explain this.
    , @YetAnotherAnon
    Nor me.
    , @TTSSYF
    It isn't explicitly shown; it originates from the wrist and lies under the hand.
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  16. Five fingers is a recessive trait, like blue eyes. The five-fingered are therefore all inbred. The polydactyl Obama is merely just like someone with brown eyes.

    Is having 5 fingers a dominant trait?
    When people or animals are born with extra fingers this typically dominant trait is called polydactyly.

    At first it may seem weird that a dominant trait is rare or a recessive trait is common but this actually happens all the time.

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  17. Good question, I have a theory that the “artist”, Kehinde Wiley, isn’t really much of a draftsman. I think he stencils and paints over.

    Wiley has something in common with Obama: an African father who deserted him before birth. He’s married to the model? I thought he was gay. I suspect he has some real issues with white women.

    What’s the story with that resting bitch face that blacks are so proud of? It triggers me.

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  18. But I’ve never heard of Obama having an extra finger before. I can’t find a picture of him with an extra pinky on his left hand

    SNL: Handi-Off

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  19. @Tiny Duck
    Like their subjects, the portraits are inspirational in that they are groundbreaking, thoughtful, wonderfully composed and show, in the best way, what humans are capable of achieving. My eyes teared-up as I watched the unveiling, and heard the artists’ statements, and felt the calming strength that President Obama and Michelle convey so well with their words and demeanor. The pull is great to see the paintings hanging in the Smithsonian.

    The most moving thing about the unveiling was just seeing the President and the First Lady again. If Americans miss him half as much as this Canadian does, then there's a lot of sorrow in America. How is it possible that this noble couple was followed by what is currently occupying the White House? Shame on America.

    What we once were, we can be again. If art can give hope, it did so for me today.

    TD, shame, shame. This is a cut and paste from the NYT’s comments.

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    Anything from TD longer than one line is a cut and paste.
    , @Clyde
    TD couldn't find anything from Leonard Pizt to crib.
    , @TWS
    He used to do it all the time.
    , @anon
    Funny, reading this I thought "this reads just like one of Socrates' NYT comments."
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  20. Tony Kornheiser used to claim that Linda Cohn had 12 toes. He would make a point of saying that it wasn’t 6 and 6 like you might think, rather it was 7 and 5.

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    • Replies: @ConservaWhig
    I've always liked Linda. Don't see any extra toes.

    https://www.wikifeet.com/Linda_Cohn#&gid=1&pid=12
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  21. Hannibal Lecter had six fingers. In the novels, anyway.

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  22. Where is the sixth digit? I see four and a thumb.

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    • Replies: @Joe Sweet
    The thumb of the left hand would appear on the top of the hand, not the bottom, and it would be obscured in that pose so six digits are inferred.

    I wonder if the artist was just confused or if he's saying something by painting a (slightly off) right hand on the left arm. If so, what might he be attempting to convey?

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  23. James O’Keefe has a EXPLOSIVE video that will reveal the truth!

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    He always does, right!?
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  24. good catch re extra digit–both artists are affirmative action incompetents like the Obamas, but IMO the Michelle portrait is incredibly incompetent because it doesn’t resemble sitter at all–not on any level. It’s also curious that the monstrosity being erected in Obama’s memory is a very bad design.

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  25. Six fingers or not at least his portrait looks like Barack! Sorry Michelle!

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  26. I’m glad Michelle chose as her artist the virtuoso behind this masterpiece

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  27. I read that portrait painters, years ago, charged extra to paint hands and feet. Then I read that that was a myth and not the source of …”It costs an arm and a leg.” But what I see in the Barack portrait is that BHO is doing the dreaded ” man spreading” that feminists abhor. Where is the outrage. Michelle’s portrait doesn’t even resemble her with that strange coloring unless she represents the NYT, you know, the “Grey Lady.”

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  28. So is the Negro with the Cartesian coordinates suit doing “white appropriation” ?

    Oh noes:

    5 Reasons Why People of Color Cannot Appropriate White Culture in the US

    https://everydayfeminism.com/2016/02/poc-cant-appropriate-white-culture/

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  29. Obama’s portrait looks like 90s album art. Michelle’s looks like a stock drawing of an African-American woman done by a high school senior. These are weird paintings.

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    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    Should have got this guy, Chen Yan Ning, to do it. I know he's Chinese, not black, but he has the portraiture gift of making his clients recognisable yet slightly idealised - look at his Branson portrait, probably just the way Branson would like to think of himself. He can draw hands, and he's now a US citizen.

    http://www.syllavethy.com/images/branson.jpg

    http://www.syllavethy.com/chenyanning.htm
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  30. I was going to try to be serious (something about how this perfectly illustrates(***) the decline in culture driven by modern Democrats) but then i read Tiny Duck’s comment and realized that some things just can’t be argued.

    (*** for posterity, no less!)

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  31. I like these. I think they really capture the spirit of those two, Obama settling in, forever lost in his hedge maze, and Michelle gazing down imperiously from Elysium. They’re perfect.

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  32. Perhaps he should have asked George Bush to have painted their portraits. He could have saved them some money.

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    • Replies: @Charles Erwin Wilson II
    You have to admit that for a self portrait, that's pretty good.
    , @JimB
    Hey, I like the idea that every president has his official portrait painted by his predecessor.
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  33. @Tiny Duck
    Like their subjects, the portraits are inspirational in that they are groundbreaking, thoughtful, wonderfully composed and show, in the best way, what humans are capable of achieving. My eyes teared-up as I watched the unveiling, and heard the artists’ statements, and felt the calming strength that President Obama and Michelle convey so well with their words and demeanor. The pull is great to see the paintings hanging in the Smithsonian.

    The most moving thing about the unveiling was just seeing the President and the First Lady again. If Americans miss him half as much as this Canadian does, then there's a lot of sorrow in America. How is it possible that this noble couple was followed by what is currently occupying the White House? Shame on America.

    What we once were, we can be again. If art can give hope, it did so for me today.

    Like their subjects, the portraits are inspirational in that they are groundbreaking, thoughtful, wonderfully composed and show, in the best way, what humans are capable of achieving. My eyes teared-up as I watched the unveiling, and heard the artists’ statements, and felt the calming strength that President Obama and Michelle convey so well with their words and demeanor.

    Is your day job a gig at The Onion?

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  34. @Tiny Duck
    Like their subjects, the portraits are inspirational in that they are groundbreaking, thoughtful, wonderfully composed and show, in the best way, what humans are capable of achieving. My eyes teared-up as I watched the unveiling, and heard the artists’ statements, and felt the calming strength that President Obama and Michelle convey so well with their words and demeanor. The pull is great to see the paintings hanging in the Smithsonian.

    The most moving thing about the unveiling was just seeing the President and the First Lady again. If Americans miss him half as much as this Canadian does, then there's a lot of sorrow in America. How is it possible that this noble couple was followed by what is currently occupying the White House? Shame on America.

    What we once were, we can be again. If art can give hope, it did so for me today.

    What we once were, we can be again.

    Yes. That’s why they have to go back.

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    Yes. That’s why they have to go back.

     

    Where they once were, they can be again.
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  35. Steve, why does he have what looks like a big swollen bruise under his left eye? Is Michelle right-handed?

    (it was literally the first thing i looked for to include, along w/ the sixth finger/webbing, that would be indicative of a merely incompetent artist)

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  36. Barack now has the gayest presidential portrait ever. Michelle has a portrait that looks nothing like her. The New York Times, its shameless fawning knowing no bounds, says it emphasizes her “couturial spectacle and rock-solid cool.”

    Maybe they should have gotten George W. Bush to paint their portraits, now that he’s redeemed himself with his Never Trump and Amnesty Now routine.

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    • Replies: @inertial
    If she were painted naked, the Times would probably praise the portrait for the gorgeous and exquisite dress.
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  37. Holofernes was a dude. Why did this guy make him into a white Becky?

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  38. This artist’s penchant for painting black figures decapitating white figures reminds me of Benjamin de Rothschild’s favorite artist Cleon Peterson.

    He’s created such inspired works as this:

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  39. Why are the hands so BIG?

    And Michelle portrait doesn’t look like her. Looks more like Malia or Michelle de-Michelled of her devilish black features.

    And what is a chair doing with all those leaves? And Obama’s position looks like on a toilet.

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  40. @Tiny Duck
    Like their subjects, the portraits are inspirational in that they are groundbreaking, thoughtful, wonderfully composed and show, in the best way, what humans are capable of achieving. My eyes teared-up as I watched the unveiling, and heard the artists’ statements, and felt the calming strength that President Obama and Michelle convey so well with their words and demeanor. The pull is great to see the paintings hanging in the Smithsonian.

    The most moving thing about the unveiling was just seeing the President and the First Lady again. If Americans miss him half as much as this Canadian does, then there's a lot of sorrow in America. How is it possible that this noble couple was followed by what is currently occupying the White House? Shame on America.

    What we once were, we can be again. If art can give hope, it did so for me today.

    Are you serious? Obama as a ground rule double, lost in the ivy at Wrigley Field?

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  41. @CCZ
    How does Official Obama Presidential Portrait Artist get his job after painting this:

    https://judith2you.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/judith-kehinde-wiley.jpg

    http://plantcurator.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/IMG_1470-1024x710.jpg

    What? That IS, how he got it.

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  42. I asked Fred Wilson what he thought of that painting, after he praised the artist, and he got upset.

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    • Replies: @Charles Erwin Wilson II
    Good one Dave. Game. Set. Match.
    , @CCZ
    Second home in China, does much of his work there, and “It’s sort of a play on the ‘kill whitey’ thing,” Wiley says.

    "Outsource to China
    While riffing on the Western canon, Kehinde Wiley’s global reach."


    But one already stands out: a tall, elegant black woman in a long blue dress—the canvas is enormous, eight feet by ten feet—calmly staring down the viewer. In one hand, she holds a knife. In the other, a cleanly severed brunette female head. “It’s sort of a play on the ‘kill whitey’ thing,” Wiley says.

    The Beijing studio became the main production hub as well as his second home. He recently bought an apartment overlooking Chaoyang Park, complete with a live-in maid and two miniature greyhounds, Xiaohui, or “Little Gray,” and Celie, named after the character in The Color Purple.
     

    http://nymag.com/arts/art/rules/kehinde-wiley-2012-4/
    , @Bill
    Nice!
    , @Hhsiii
    Dave, total respect to you and Steve for engaging on Twitter. Never stooping or talking trash. Funny and logical.
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  43. @newrouter
    Where is the sixth digit? I see four and a thumb.

    The thumb of the left hand would appear on the top of the hand, not the bottom, and it would be obscured in that pose so six digits are inferred.

    I wonder if the artist was just confused or if he’s saying something by painting a (slightly off) right hand on the left arm. If so, what might he be attempting to convey?

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    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    This artist is not sophisticated enough to pull off the kind of thing you are alluding to.

    He made the same kind of myopic mistake people make when they input numbers into a calculator, apply the wrong formula, and come out with an answer they don't recognize is wrong. He painted or copied whatever his source image was, but he never recognized that the overall result of the hand looked wrong.

    It's just some skin bunched up under the side of the hand, painted probably from a photograph. The shadow and contrast in that little area are overdone, and that's the result. The stupid artist didn't realize it or care.

    This artist is not a painter.

    , @newrouter
    Thanks. I don't see 6 fingers. I do see that the "thumb" is positioned wrong(should be towards body) and extraneous bones.
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  44. @Harry Baldwin
    Barack now has the gayest presidential portrait ever. Michelle has a portrait that looks nothing like her. The New York Times, its shameless fawning knowing no bounds, says it emphasizes her "couturial spectacle and rock-solid cool."

    Maybe they should have gotten George W. Bush to paint their portraits, now that he's redeemed himself with his Never Trump and Amnesty Now routine.

    If she were painted naked, the Times would probably praise the portrait for the gorgeous and exquisite dress.

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  45. @Daniel H
    Painting stands up there with this masterpiece.

    https://www.goodfellaspainting.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/tommys-mom-holding-the-painting-at-table-1024x739.jpg

    Which one is Obama? And which one is Mrs. Obama?

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    • Replies: @IrradiatedInChicago
    What difference, at this point, does it make??
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  46. @Dave Pinsen
    I asked Fred Wilson what he thought of that painting, after he praised the artist, and he got upset.

    https://twitter.com/dpinsen/status/963222421921845248

    Good one Dave. Game. Set. Match.

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    He said in a later response that all art was healthy, so I asked him if that included Nazi art. Then he DMed me saying I was trolling him and pissing him off and that he'd block or mute me if he were the sort to do that. To his partial credit, he didn't block or mute me, but he did unfollow me.
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  47. @Prof. Woland
    Perhaps he should have asked George Bush to have painted their portraits. He could have saved them some money.


    http://www.streetcouch.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/bushpainting01.jpg

    You have to admit that for a self portrait, that’s pretty good.

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  48. This artist’s penchant for painting black figures decapitating white figures reminds me of Benjamin de Rothschild’s favorite artist Cleon Peterson.

    He’s created such inspired works as this :

    What is it with our Elite’s obsession with artists whose work depicts the murder of white people?

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    Q: What is it with our Elite’s obsession with artists whose work depicts the murder of white people?

    A: The Elite probably imagines that the whites getting slaughtered are non-Elite. They see it as their rivals being put in their place.
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  49. @Daniel H
    Painting stands up there with this masterpiece.

    https://www.goodfellaspainting.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/tommys-mom-holding-the-painting-at-table-1024x739.jpg

    Hey, looks like someone we know!

    Anyway, I can see how someone could glance at the Obama painting and see an extra digit there. But maybe whatever she was working from (a photo of Obama? a photo of some guy’s hand?) looked exactly like that. So then is it her duty as an artist to try to make her source material look less weird? Maybe. (She pulled it off with Michelle!)

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    Perhaps Obama will soon be waiting in the trunk of someone's car. If people go down for Muh Russia-gate and start rolling on eachother, eventually Obama's handlers might worry their pet will roll on them.

    'Course, there's a long way to go. Strozk and his mistress haven't even gone down yet, then there's Baker, Priestap, Ohr, McCabe, Yates, Comey, and Lynch. But that's only the DOJ. State and the CIA have to go down, too. That means Brennan and Panetta, Clapper, Powers, and especially Rice.

    Obama's got a ways to go before it's trunk time, I spose.
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  50. On the beheaded Becky, I believe Derbyshire has said it is obvious to non-Americans that Blacks in this country really don’t like Whites.

    But White Americans are oblivious to it.

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    It’s denial more than cluelessness. I’m pretty certain that most whites who come in contact with blacks on a frequent basis have an idea just how much they hate us. But American whites are terrified of admitting to this ugly reality. Alas, eventually there will be no choice. Thank you Trump for accelerating the arrival of that moment.
    , @Isolee
    Also see (actually don't, you'll profoundly regret it) the video clip to Kanye West's "Monster"; featuring the corpses and decapitated heads of white women.

    I don't think I've ever seen anything by a major mainstream performer that has left me so queasy and unsettled. Even Ta -Genius Coates severely condemned it (much to his credit). There is something seriously wrong with a culture wherein somebody can produce something like that and still have a career - let alone critical cachet - afterward.
    , @Bleuteaux
    Not after eight years of BO. Not by a long shot.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    ...Blacks in this country really don’t like Whites.

    But White Americans are oblivious to it
     
    Some people are more trouble when they like you than when they hate you. Prominent white examples would be Harvey Weinstein, John Hinckley, and Jeffrey Dahmer.
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    Used up my LOL already.
    , @e
    LOL. Clint had it right.
    , @JerseyJeffersonian
    Ah, to go with the empty suit...
    , @MB
    I think this is called culturally appropriating Clint Eastwood.
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  52. IMHO Michelle’s portrait has got a weird pinky knuckle thing going on too. Her right hand.

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    Yeah, another ESL Chinese AA painter.
    On the other hand, at least she didn't culturally appropriate western perspective.
    Probably was too cross eyed.
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  53. These have got to be the most spectacularly awful pieces of art at the WH. Clearly, the extra finger is a result of the artist’s complete ineptitude. Same for the portrait of Mooch.

    Affirmative action on steroids, the Bozos are getting high on their own supply. Jeezus.

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    Couldn’t agree with you more. No reason to be angry re this particular case though — these are the portraits the Obamas deserve.
    , @Rod1963
    Agree.

    Reminds me of the funeral in SA that Obama attended where the sign language guy was just some lunatic who wandered up on stage and started gesticulating like a fiend and no one noticed anything wrong.

    Or look at the MLK statue that reminds me very much of Mao. But hey that's what they get when they hired a Chinese dude instead of American with a proven track record.
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  54. @Charles Erwin Wilson II
    Which one is Obama? And which one is Mrs. Obama?

    What difference, at this point, does it make??

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    Indeed,these two ugly atrocities will not be viewed as objects of derision or embarrassment,to be hidden away and forgotten,but will be celebrated as not just a worthy,but quite exemplary pair.
    Not shameful in the least,but held in reverence.
    I ,of course,speak of the paintings...
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  55. @Dave Pinsen
    I asked Fred Wilson what he thought of that painting, after he praised the artist, and he got upset.

    https://twitter.com/dpinsen/status/963222421921845248

    Second home in China, does much of his work there, and “It’s sort of a play on the ‘kill whitey’ thing,” Wiley says.

    “Outsource to China
    While riffing on the Western canon, Kehinde Wiley’s global reach.”

    But one already stands out: a tall, elegant black woman in a long blue dress—the canvas is enormous, eight feet by ten feet—calmly staring down the viewer. In one hand, she holds a knife. In the other, a cleanly severed brunette female head. “It’s sort of a play on the ‘kill whitey’ thing,” Wiley says.

    The Beijing studio became the main production hub as well as his second home. He recently bought an apartment overlooking Chaoyang Park, complete with a live-in maid and two miniature greyhounds, Xiaohui, or “Little Gray,” and Celie, named after the character in The Color Purple.

    http://nymag.com/arts/art/rules/kehinde-wiley-2012-4/

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    Amazing.
    , @YetAnotherAnon
    When "kill whitey" is a "thing", maybe white people should notice.
    , @Anonymous
    Second home in China, does much of his work there, and “It’s sort of a play on the ‘kill whitey’ thing,” Wiley says.

    What exactly is "the kill whitey thing"?
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  56. PS: Holland Cotter, co-chief art critic of the Times, has very good taste, so his fawning review is 100% BS. I’d love to see Cotter on 60 Minutes being administered a poly re his review. LOL

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  57. @Anonymous
    On the beheaded Becky, I believe Derbyshire has said it is obvious to non-Americans that Blacks in this country really don’t like Whites.

    But White Americans are oblivious to it.

    It’s denial more than cluelessness. I’m pretty certain that most whites who come in contact with blacks on a frequent basis have an idea just how much they hate us. But American whites are terrified of admitting to this ugly reality. Alas, eventually there will be no choice. Thank you Trump for accelerating the arrival of that moment.

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    Inner-city (for that matter, other locations, too) teachers have no doubt about it. I was rare in that I actually gave consequences for calling someone a "racist bitch."
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  58. President Trump should have his portrait done by whoever rendered this:

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    Trump? I’m thinking Sarah Huckabee Sanders, painted life size, in the White House press room. Oh, yeah.
    , @Chrisnonymous
    I hope you aren't suggesting Trump will be the next high-achieving male to go transgender... Based on his wives and the wives of Eric and Junior, that is the look he'd probably try for.
    , @3g4me
    @58 Buzz Mohawk: "President Trump should have his portrait done by whoever rendered this:"

    Kim Kardashian pre-butt implant with an extra foot of leg length in the Aussie outback plus a bit of European architectural ruins for local color? What's not to like?
    , @Jack Hanson
    Personally I'd like to see Trump find the guy who did the baroque style painting of him, his family, and Putin and use that as his official portrait.
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  59. @Hippopotamusdrome

    Bad Idea

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  60. From the frothing, panting New York Times advertorial:

    Mr. Wiley operate quite differently. He runs the equivalent of a multinational art factory, with assistants churning out work

    .

    “Assistants churning out work”? Is this some sort of Jeffrey Koons/Damien Hirst type scam, where young art students do all the hard graft and technically difficult rendering and he just sticks his brand on it at the end (in honor of his “conceptualizing” the piece)?

    Regardless, his portrait is garish kitsch. Her’s is what one would expect from a talented high schooler – although even they could probably render the subject more readily identifiable.

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    Regardless, his portrait is garish kitsch.
     
    Yes. Is it even a portrait in the traditional sense of the term. This is obviously little more than painted up photograph in some fashion or other.
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  61. OT: Liberals completely unhinged upon discovering that we have a legal system based on Anglo-American common law: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/02/12/media-frenzy-after-sessions-lauds-anglo-american-heritage-law-enforcement.html

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  62. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Behind every great black painter is a white guy: Ain Cocke

    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Ain+Cocke.&t=ipad&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images

    Manages Wiley’s Beijing studio where most of his paintings are produced by a team (the black rubens?)

    I think Ain even takes the photos that are the basis of the paintings

    http://nymag.com/arts/art/rules/kehinde-wiley-2012-4/

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    It would seem that many of America's most noteworthy "diversity success stories" are skin-deep; mere straw-men fronting for 3rd rate talent subcontractors & ghost-writers.

    Makes sense. Create an incentive system that rewards appearances more than anything else, we shouldn't be surprised. Reminds me of that fabulous Atlanta African-American woman government contractor / racketeer that was recently in the news.

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/great-moments-in-affirmative-action/

    Why cultivate experience and talent to create value when merely adding a little sheen of diversity is rewarded so much more richly than actually producing anything?

    Barry & Michelle (as well as our decadent republic) deserve the shallow, mediocre and uninspired portraits that reflect their characters as well as the voters who elected them.

    Diversity is indeed now such a precious commodity that major organizations and concerns are willing to fight bitterly over the "most closely guarded and competitively sensitive strategic plans and recruitment initiatives,” including “confidential strategies to recruit, retain and promote diverse talent.”

    IBM claims the information that Lindsay-Rae McIntyre possesses -- including confidential data about diversity, strategies and initiatives -- can cause "real and immediate competitive harm" if she’s allowed to move immediately to Microsoft. IBM sued to enforce a one-year non-competition agreement.
     
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-12/ibm-sues-to-block-ex-chief-diversity-officer-s-move-to-microsoft

    To be fair, like Marissa Mayer, that Yahoo Barbie before her, this particular Diversity Commissar does bring a certain exotic flair of vibrancy in an industry already crowded with (the wrong sort of) brown dudes.

    https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/LR-P16-2-630x788.jpg

    Outsource production to foreigners working in slave conditions if you have to. But do be sure at least to have a polished well-spoken flim-flam (wo)man of the right complexion to make the pitch.
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  63. I think the Barack O portrait is a plagiarism. I was reminded of Haile Selassie and I googled “lion of ethiopia portrait”. Check it out. The first hit is a stock photo of a lion in heavy green foliage.

    His portrait is a weird picture. Look at his feet, he doesn’t actually contact the ground, the leaves and flowers aren’t crushed. It’s like he’s hovering. Or possibly photoshopped.

    Try to find pictures of men seated with similarly crossed arms, there aren’t any. It’s an effeminate loser pose. See these pictures by googling:

    Seated woman with crossed arms – August Chabaud
    Seated lady with crossed arms – Tamara de Lempicka

    OTOH it might be some sort of gang sign, even though this is the best picture I could find, google this:

    Portrait of boy 10 years with crossed arms in the attitude of a hip hop dancer

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  64. I thought people here liked realism painters instead of all that deep state financed abstract expressionism (eg Clement Greenberg, Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman).

    Can’t people here make up their minds?

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    “I thought people here liked realism painters”

    Well competent realism, yes.
    , @Anon
    Mrs. Mouse,

    You’se way to classy for this joint.
    , @guest
    These...let's call them portraits, are not examples of realism. Just because I prefer meals of solid substances (like meat) doesn't mean I'm happy to eat a plate of excrement.

    They're representational, but they're also postmodern. Notice how it's not a convincing image of Obama, and doesn't wish to be, but rather looks like a (crappy) two-dimensional representation cut-and-pasted into a collage with a bush and chair from some other source.

    It's sorta conceptual with no concept, and full of recognizable images but with a second-hand, mass-produced quality.

    In short, a bunch of things engineered to annoy fans of realism. Though probably not designed that way by the artist. He's simply following a tradition of annoyance.

    The "at least it's not abstract" argument carries no weight with me, even though I dislike abstract art.
    , @guest
    "Can't people here make up their minds?" is silly either/or thinking. I can BOTH damn abstract expressionism and the Deep State that financed it AND dislike crappy representational art.

    Especially if it shares some of the same failings as abstract expressionism, like over-abstraction and "flatness."
    , @ThirdWorldSteveReader
    Yes, we like reallistic portraits.

    That's precisely why we dislike these "reallistic" "portraits".
    , @al gore rhythms
    Did you really think that? If so, why? Isn't it really just that you assumed, quite wrongly, that conservative-minded people are only going to like representational art?

    Such a lazy, ignorant comment.
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  65. Are the too large Obama hands some kind of snide statement regarding the whole “Trump has small hands” nonsense?

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  66. @anony-mouse
    I thought people here liked realism painters instead of all that deep state financed abstract expressionism (eg Clement Greenberg, Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman).

    Can't people here make up their minds?

    “I thought people here liked realism painters”

    Well competent realism, yes.

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  67. @Jeff the Donleavy Fan
    I dunno. The whole painting is weirdly skewed. Obama is sitting with his legs spread way far apart. I don't think anybody actually sits like that unless he or she is on a subway and doesn't want somebody taking the next seat.

    The front and the back of the chair are wildly out of proportion. It looks like someone took a photo of a chair, scanned it in and then used photoshop to move the front left leg of the chair several inches to the left, in an attempt to extend the seat of the chair to the left so that Obama's left buttock would not be in mid-air. Obama's left leg still seems to be where the front of the left armrest should be.

    Maybe all this is intentional? At least the figure in the chair is recognizably Barack Obama. I can't recognize the portrait on the right as a portrait of Michelle Obama. There is so little facial detail that the figure could be a stand-in for a generic African-American woman. And the skin tone is so light that I am surprised no one has accused the artist of white-washing the former FLOTUS.

    I’ve seen better paint-on-velvet art hanging in Levittown split levels than these portraits. In every public high school in America there is at least one 10 th grader who can paint as well as this “portraitist.” But his mother isn’t Michelle Obama’s tennis partner’s Pilates instructor so he won’t be given a shot at the big time.

    Seriously, these portraits are the same kind of crap you see painted on brick walls on the side of bodegas and free health clinics in Oakland, CA.

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  68. @Buzz Mohawk
    President Trump should have his portrait done by whoever rendered this:

    https://www.daz3d.com/galleryimage/image/78219/the-noble-art-of-decapitation_full.jpg

    Trump? I’m thinking Sarah Huckabee Sanders, painted life size, in the White House press room. Oh, yeah.

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  69. Quick, someone resurrect Clement Greenberg to explain the hidden significance of the extra pinky. There must be some convincing sounding explanation in postmodernese.

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  70. @Anonymous
    https://i.imgur.com/ghQljzz.jpg

    Used up my LOL already.

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  71. @Anonymous
    On the beheaded Becky, I believe Derbyshire has said it is obvious to non-Americans that Blacks in this country really don’t like Whites.

    But White Americans are oblivious to it.

    Also see (actually don’t, you’ll profoundly regret it) the video clip to Kanye West’s “Monster”; featuring the corpses and decapitated heads of white women.

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything by a major mainstream performer that has left me so queasy and unsettled. Even Ta -Genius Coates severely condemned it (much to his credit). There is something seriously wrong with a culture wherein somebody can produce something like that and still have a career – let alone critical cachet – afterward.

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  72. @Joe Sweet
    The thumb of the left hand would appear on the top of the hand, not the bottom, and it would be obscured in that pose so six digits are inferred.

    I wonder if the artist was just confused or if he's saying something by painting a (slightly off) right hand on the left arm. If so, what might he be attempting to convey?

    This artist is not sophisticated enough to pull off the kind of thing you are alluding to.

    He made the same kind of myopic mistake people make when they input numbers into a calculator, apply the wrong formula, and come out with an answer they don’t recognize is wrong. He painted or copied whatever his source image was, but he never recognized that the overall result of the hand looked wrong.

    It’s just some skin bunched up under the side of the hand, painted probably from a photograph. The shadow and contrast in that little area are overdone, and that’s the result. The stupid artist didn’t realize it or care.

    This artist is not a painter.

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    Finally, someone who said it right about that stub/sixth finger. Indeed, it's a classic beginner's mistake to apply extra shadow and contrast when copying from a photograph. Can also be seen in the extremely shiny face, with its non-existing light source.

    It's what the whole portrait looks like: a photograph of Obama sitting, photoshopped on a weirdly-painted chair which is somehow surrounded by an otherworldly garden. All of which is somehow supposed to remind us he was president... but rather looks like a religious icon. Or really, like one of the best memorials to grace a black neighborhood's wall.
    That said, the color combination is attractive, and the idea has an interesting aesthetic to it; but execution isn't too memorable (lighting, and that chair), and the aesthetic vision is also kind of ignoring the function of the portrait. Not even Obama himself seemed that enthused at the unveiling.
    And to think people ripped on Andy Warhol's portraits... at least he did the lithographs himself.

    Also, I can't believe no one says anything about the black former president portrayed as if he were in a jungle. And on a rickety chair instead of a throne.
    Also, that lady looks quite younger and with finer features than his wife. I do like the colors and the dress. Though again, cannot tell if she used to be a First Lady or a model.
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    I see your point, but sometimes the destruction of the old order is necessary. However, the new boss, as represented by that slender fraud Obama, is a regime of continued warfare, devotion to financial capital, and fracturing identity politics. Trump is the next phase in this new era.
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  74. This is one of the more famous renditions of Judith with the head of Holofernes. Obama’s portrait artist took some liberties.

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    … renditions of Judith with the head of Holofernes. Obama’s portrait artist took some liberties.
     
    Notably, he switched the sexes.
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  75. @anony-mouse
    I thought people here liked realism painters instead of all that deep state financed abstract expressionism (eg Clement Greenberg, Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman).

    Can't people here make up their minds?

    Mrs. Mouse,

    You’se way to classy for this joint.

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  76. @CCZ
    How does Official Obama Presidential Portrait Artist get his job after painting this:

    https://judith2you.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/judith-kehinde-wiley.jpg

    http://plantcurator.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/IMG_1470-1024x710.jpg

    That’s good. I welcome more anti-white art by black folks. Good for making white folks wake up to reality.

    That pic should be called black female OJ Juror and Nicole Simpson’s head.

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    How about "Where's The Hate, Bitch?"
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  77. Why Does the Official Obama Presidential Portrait Show Him with an Extra Finger on His Left Hand?

    I guess it’s a bit more difficult to remain ‘wryly detached’ about the whole behead whitey thing — and the fact Obama, aka “America’s Half-Blood Prince”, would choose the same “artist” (ahem) to do his portrait.

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  78. OT

    (((Andrew Zimmern)))

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    A painting of a black women beheading a white woman is merely a contemporary POC expression of a classic European art motif, but referencing the “Anglo-American heritage” of the office of sheriff confirms the white supremacy of the Trump administration. Speaking at the National Sheriff's Association, AG Sessions said: "The office of Sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement." And with that reference to sheriffs having an Anglo-American heritage, the “twittersphere” erupted with charges of racism, Nazism, slave police, lynchings, burning crosses, white supremacy, etc, etc.

    As you posted: https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/963145200192442368

    A few noted the accuracy of the comment:

    A sheriff is a government official, with varying duties, existing in some countries with historical ties to England, where the office originated. Historically, a sheriff was a legal official with responsibility for a "shire" or county.

    The word sheriff is a contraction of the term "shire reeve". The term, from the Old English scīrgerefa, designated a royal official responsible for keeping the peace (a "reeve") throughout a shire or county on behalf of the king. The term was preserved in England notwithstanding the Norman Conquest. From the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, the term spread to several other regions, at an early point to Scotland, latterly to Ireland and to the United States. [Wikipedia]

     

    , @eah
    https://twitter.com/JoelDTD/status/963190207968305152
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  79. @anon
    This artist's penchant for painting black figures decapitating white figures reminds me of Benjamin de Rothschild's favorite artist Cleon Peterson.

    He's created such inspired works as this :

    https://youtu.be/QSSXq1Lbrzw?t=8m52s

    What is it with our Elite's obsession with artists whose work depicts the murder of white people?

    Q: What is it with our Elite’s obsession with artists whose work depicts the murder of white people?

    A: The Elite probably imagines that the whites getting slaughtered are non-Elite. They see it as their rivals being put in their place.

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  80. @Joe Sweet
    The thumb of the left hand would appear on the top of the hand, not the bottom, and it would be obscured in that pose so six digits are inferred.

    I wonder if the artist was just confused or if he's saying something by painting a (slightly off) right hand on the left arm. If so, what might he be attempting to convey?

    Thanks. I don’t see 6 fingers. I do see that the “thumb” is positioned wrong(should be towards body) and extraneous bones.

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    The thumb isn't just positioned wrong. It's also about 90% the length of the index finger. My thumb isn't that long, and neither is Obama's, as you can see from the photo iSteve posted.
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  82. The Negro painter with the Cartesian suit is really bad at the left/right thing optically.

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  83. As I recall there’s a room in the major art museum closest to me with two Judiths and one Salome right next to eachother. I’m always like enough with the Biblical women and severed heads already.

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  84. A better question is who left that nice traditional chair out to rot in the jungle?

    Obama’s nose is too flat in the painting and his ears are too big. The artist seems to have a stock body/face upon which he layers certain details, almost like a caricaturist. The highlight just below the extra finger looks the same as on the other hand, despite the angle and light differences. The extra finger may simply be a late realization of how the structure of the hand needs to lay.

    Still, it’s all-in-all better than the Chinese MLK statue.

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    The MLK statue at least looks like what it's supposed to be: a monument.

    Someone on Twitter said the Obama portrait looks like a Highlights Magazine drawing, except I don't know what hidden items I'm supposed to hunt for.
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  85. @Hippopotamusdrome

    Watch charities. Charities, especially those dealing with third world children and especially in Haiti, have been covering up crimes along the lines of what was warned in 2016, and now things are going to be investigated properly.

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  86. Judith fades into wallpaper, Obama fades into foliage. Is this artist the fade-into guy?

    I’m reminded of the SNL bit with Norm MacDonald as the sketch artist who made the famous Unabomber drawing. Turns out the suspect had a hood and glasses because Norm wasn’t good at drawing hair or eyes.

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  87. By Cleon Peterson, in vid upthread.
    Genocidal hate speech is permitted for some people and simple discussions about historical events are forbidden to others.

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    At least we know where he stands on the boxers vs briefs issue.
    , @SteveRogers42
    Much more where that came from. Wonder if his mural is still in effect at the Eiffel Tower?

    http://www.europeancivilwar.com/paris-hosts-eiffel-tower-mural-explicitly-celebrating-the-genocide-of-white-people/
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  88. @Chief Seattle
    A better question is who left that nice traditional chair out to rot in the jungle?

    Obama's nose is too flat in the painting and his ears are too big. The artist seems to have a stock body/face upon which he layers certain details, almost like a caricaturist. The highlight just below the extra finger looks the same as on the other hand, despite the angle and light differences. The extra finger may simply be a late realization of how the structure of the hand needs to lay.

    Still, it's all-in-all better than the Chinese MLK statue.

    The MLK statue at least looks like what it’s supposed to be: a monument.

    Someone on Twitter said the Obama portrait looks like a Highlights Magazine drawing, except I don’t know what hidden items I’m supposed to hunt for.

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    Someone on Twitter said the Obama portrait looks like a Highlights Magazine drawing, except I don’t know what hidden items I’m supposed to hunt for.
     
    It's in the plaque underneath the portrait:

    In this portrait of President Obama, can you find these hidden pictures?

    golf club
    minaret
    marijuana leaf
    basketball
    grotto ape
    home-made birth certificate
    Danish prime minister
    pallet of cash
    DACA decree
    FISA warrant
     

    , @Whitey Whiteman III
    Haven't seen it mentioned, but the background is cut and pasted. The same of several leaf patterns occurs like 6 times.
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  89. Finally, after all these years, Affirmative Action provides some laughs.

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  90. @larry lurker
    Hey, looks like someone we know!

    Anyway, I can see how someone could glance at the Obama painting and see an extra digit there. But maybe whatever she was working from (a photo of Obama? a photo of some guy's hand?) looked exactly like that. So then is it her duty as an artist to try to make her source material look less weird? Maybe. (She pulled it off with Michelle!)

    Perhaps Obama will soon be waiting in the trunk of someone’s car. If people go down for Muh Russia-gate and start rolling on eachother, eventually Obama’s handlers might worry their pet will roll on them.

    ‘Course, there’s a long way to go. Strozk and his mistress haven’t even gone down yet, then there’s Baker, Priestap, Ohr, McCabe, Yates, Comey, and Lynch. But that’s only the DOJ. State and the CIA have to go down, too. That means Brennan and Panetta, Clapper, Powers, and especially Rice.

    Obama’s got a ways to go before it’s trunk time, I spose.

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  91. @Tiny Duck
    Like their subjects, the portraits are inspirational in that they are groundbreaking, thoughtful, wonderfully composed and show, in the best way, what humans are capable of achieving. My eyes teared-up as I watched the unveiling, and heard the artists’ statements, and felt the calming strength that President Obama and Michelle convey so well with their words and demeanor. The pull is great to see the paintings hanging in the Smithsonian.

    The most moving thing about the unveiling was just seeing the President and the First Lady again. If Americans miss him half as much as this Canadian does, then there's a lot of sorrow in America. How is it possible that this noble couple was followed by what is currently occupying the White House? Shame on America.

    What we once were, we can be again. If art can give hope, it did so for me today.

    Hmm, your first mention of being a Canadian. Shouldn’t you call yourself Tiny Goose?

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    Tiny Loon, eh?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loonie
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/e/ef/Canadian_Dollar_-_reverse.png/220px-Canadian_Dollar_-_reverse.png
    , @MEH 0910
    Tiny first retconned himself as being gay, now he's retconned himself as being Canadian.
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  92. @Prof. Woland
    Perhaps he should have asked George Bush to have painted their portraits. He could have saved them some money.


    http://www.streetcouch.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/bushpainting01.jpg

    Hey, I like the idea that every president has his official portrait painted by his predecessor.

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  93. @anony-mouse
    I thought people here liked realism painters instead of all that deep state financed abstract expressionism (eg Clement Greenberg, Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman).

    Can't people here make up their minds?

    These…let’s call them portraits, are not examples of realism. Just because I prefer meals of solid substances (like meat) doesn’t mean I’m happy to eat a plate of excrement.

    They’re representational, but they’re also postmodern. Notice how it’s not a convincing image of Obama, and doesn’t wish to be, but rather looks like a (crappy) two-dimensional representation cut-and-pasted into a collage with a bush and chair from some other source.

    It’s sorta conceptual with no concept, and full of recognizable images but with a second-hand, mass-produced quality.

    In short, a bunch of things engineered to annoy fans of realism. Though probably not designed that way by the artist. He’s simply following a tradition of annoyance.

    The “at least it’s not abstract” argument carries no weight with me, even though I dislike abstract art.

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  94. @eah
    OT

    (((Andrew Zimmern)))

    https://twitter.com/andrewzimmern/status/963264957642047488

    A painting of a black women beheading a white woman is merely a contemporary POC expression of a classic European art motif, but referencing the “Anglo-American heritage” of the office of sheriff confirms the white supremacy of the Trump administration. Speaking at the National Sheriff’s Association, AG Sessions said: “The office of Sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement.” And with that reference to sheriffs having an Anglo-American heritage, the “twittersphere” erupted with charges of racism, Nazism, slave police, lynchings, burning crosses, white supremacy, etc, etc.

    As you posted: https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/963145200192442368

    A few noted the accuracy of the comment:

    A sheriff is a government official, with varying duties, existing in some countries with historical ties to England, where the office originated. Historically, a sheriff was a legal official with responsibility for a “shire” or county.

    The word sheriff is a contraction of the term “shire reeve”. The term, from the Old English scīrgerefa, designated a royal official responsible for keeping the peace (a “reeve”) throughout a shire or county on behalf of the king. The term was preserved in England notwithstanding the Norman Conquest. From the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, the term spread to several other regions, at an early point to Scotland, latterly to Ireland and to the United States. [Wikipedia]

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    The accuracy is of course beside the point, if you're an idiot. They're relying on two simple, powerful arguments:

    1). Among browns, "Anglo" means "white."

    White people don't refer to themselves as "Anglos," and in fact reserve that term for specific kinds of whites. But browns don't differentiate between whites, and therefore take it to exclude them specifically.

    2). Libs in general don't allow white people to recognize, let alone celebrate, their own heritage.
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  95. @Tiny Duck
    Like their subjects, the portraits are inspirational in that they are groundbreaking, thoughtful, wonderfully composed and show, in the best way, what humans are capable of achieving. My eyes teared-up as I watched the unveiling, and heard the artists’ statements, and felt the calming strength that President Obama and Michelle convey so well with their words and demeanor. The pull is great to see the paintings hanging in the Smithsonian.

    The most moving thing about the unveiling was just seeing the President and the First Lady again. If Americans miss him half as much as this Canadian does, then there's a lot of sorrow in America. How is it possible that this noble couple was followed by what is currently occupying the White House? Shame on America.

    What we once were, we can be again. If art can give hope, it did so for me today.

    Obama Leaf, is that you?

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  96. @Anonymous
    https://i.imgur.com/ghQljzz.jpg

    LOL. Clint had it right.

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  97. @black sea
    Hmm, your first mention of being a Canadian. Shouldn't you call yourself Tiny Goose?
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  98. @anony-mouse
    I thought people here liked realism painters instead of all that deep state financed abstract expressionism (eg Clement Greenberg, Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman).

    Can't people here make up their minds?

    “Can’t people here make up their minds?” is silly either/or thinking. I can BOTH damn abstract expressionism and the Deep State that financed it AND dislike crappy representational art.

    Especially if it shares some of the same failings as abstract expressionism, like over-abstraction and “flatness.”

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  99. @CCZ
    Second home in China, does much of his work there, and “It’s sort of a play on the ‘kill whitey’ thing,” Wiley says.

    "Outsource to China
    While riffing on the Western canon, Kehinde Wiley’s global reach."


    But one already stands out: a tall, elegant black woman in a long blue dress—the canvas is enormous, eight feet by ten feet—calmly staring down the viewer. In one hand, she holds a knife. In the other, a cleanly severed brunette female head. “It’s sort of a play on the ‘kill whitey’ thing,” Wiley says.

    The Beijing studio became the main production hub as well as his second home. He recently bought an apartment overlooking Chaoyang Park, complete with a live-in maid and two miniature greyhounds, Xiaohui, or “Little Gray,” and Celie, named after the character in The Color Purple.
     

    http://nymag.com/arts/art/rules/kehinde-wiley-2012-4/

    Amazing.

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  101. The Dump In The Woods

    Obama In The Mist

    The painting is a technical disaster. The hands are wrong, the chair is wrong. The artist can’t do perspective (or feet) so he has Obama emanating out of a wall of foliage.

    Just awful. And Mrs. Obama’s portrait looks like something the art teacher at a big suburban high school would select from the senior class output to hang in the library. And it’s not a portrait.

    The Chinese archaeologists will be baffled.

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    The Michelle picture looks kind of like a black (grey) version of the Nagel prints that every hair salon in America had 30 years ago:

    https://www.theonion.com/hair-salon-acquires-rare-nagel-print-1819586336
    , @LB Jeffries
    It's the painting version of his college poetry
    , @LB Jeffries
    It's the painting version of his college poetry
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  102. @CCZ
    A painting of a black women beheading a white woman is merely a contemporary POC expression of a classic European art motif, but referencing the “Anglo-American heritage” of the office of sheriff confirms the white supremacy of the Trump administration. Speaking at the National Sheriff's Association, AG Sessions said: "The office of Sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement." And with that reference to sheriffs having an Anglo-American heritage, the “twittersphere” erupted with charges of racism, Nazism, slave police, lynchings, burning crosses, white supremacy, etc, etc.

    As you posted: https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/963145200192442368

    A few noted the accuracy of the comment:

    A sheriff is a government official, with varying duties, existing in some countries with historical ties to England, where the office originated. Historically, a sheriff was a legal official with responsibility for a "shire" or county.

    The word sheriff is a contraction of the term "shire reeve". The term, from the Old English scīrgerefa, designated a royal official responsible for keeping the peace (a "reeve") throughout a shire or county on behalf of the king. The term was preserved in England notwithstanding the Norman Conquest. From the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, the term spread to several other regions, at an early point to Scotland, latterly to Ireland and to the United States. [Wikipedia]

     

    The accuracy is of course beside the point, if you’re an idiot. They’re relying on two simple, powerful arguments:

    1). Among browns, “Anglo” means “white.”

    White people don’t refer to themselves as “Anglos,” and in fact reserve that term for specific kinds of whites. But browns don’t differentiate between whites, and therefore take it to exclude them specifically.

    2). Libs in general don’t allow white people to recognize, let alone celebrate, their own heritage.

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    White people don’t refer to themselves as “Anglos,” and in fact reserve that term for specific kinds of whites
     
    ...who themselves reject it. For Mexican street slang, I prefer "gringo". There's no pretense of respect.
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  103. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    I dunno what it is about hip-hopsters from ye urban demo & gaudy Second empire/rococo-revival patterns n’ flourishes; might be grasping for unpillaged variants on the conspicuous consumption theme they normally purvey. But the wallpaper paintings show there’s a fine line between “bling” and “gay”

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    The rococo style has become associated with homos, mostly likely because homos want it that way. I suppose there is a bit of a natural connection there.

    But watch out! They may co-opt your favorite style next.

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  104. @black sea
    Hmm, your first mention of being a Canadian. Shouldn't you call yourself Tiny Goose?

    Tiny first retconned himself as being gay, now he’s retconned himself as being Canadian.

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  105. @newrouter
    Thanks. I don't see 6 fingers. I do see that the "thumb" is positioned wrong(should be towards body) and extraneous bones.

    The thumb isn’t just positioned wrong. It’s also about 90% the length of the index finger. My thumb isn’t that long, and neither is Obama’s, as you can see from the photo iSteve posted.

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  106. the story is not the incompetence of the artists; rather, it’s about why the liberal media continually lie about black incompetents. What are the gatekeepers protecting? I just don’t get it

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    If they didn't "continually lie about black incompetents," there would be no thug rap...no "hip-hop culture"....and no "first black president." (For that matter, no "style icon" for Mooch, no "poet" for Maya Angelou....well, we could go on and on. Don Lemon. Toni Morrison. Jay-Z or Beyoncé. Kanye West. Etc."

    Fortunately, we would still have Dr. Ben Carson, Col. Alan West, and Sheriff (no unnecessary comments, pls) David Clarke. Thankfully.
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  107. @Harry Baldwin
    This is one of the more famous renditions of Judith with the head of Holofernes. Obama's portrait artist took some liberties.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fd/Judith_with_the_Head_of_Holofernes_by_Cristofano_Allori.jpg

    … renditions of Judith with the head of Holofernes. Obama’s portrait artist took some liberties.

    Notably, he switched the sexes.

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  108. @Isolee
    From the frothing, panting New York Times advertorial:

    Mr. Wiley operate quite differently. He runs the equivalent of a multinational art factory, with assistants churning out work
     
    .

    "Assistants churning out work"? Is this some sort of Jeffrey Koons/Damien Hirst type scam, where young art students do all the hard graft and technically difficult rendering and he just sticks his brand on it at the end (in honor of his "conceptualizing" the piece)?

    Regardless, his portrait is garish kitsch. Her's is what one would expect from a talented high schooler - although even they could probably render the subject more readily identifiable.

    Regardless, his portrait is garish kitsch.

    Yes. Is it even a portrait in the traditional sense of the term. This is obviously little more than painted up photograph in some fashion or other.

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    This is obviously little more than painted up photograph in some fashion or other.

    I'm beginning to suspect the same thing. You could create something like this in Photoshop, then make a giclée print on canvas that looks exactly like a painting. And anyway, who would spill the beans on the most foremost black artist?
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  109. @Buzz Mohawk
    President Trump should have his portrait done by whoever rendered this:

    https://www.daz3d.com/galleryimage/image/78219/the-noble-art-of-decapitation_full.jpg

    I hope you aren’t suggesting Trump will be the next high-achieving male to go transgender… Based on his wives and the wives of Eric and Junior, that is the look he’d probably try for.

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  110. @Anonymous
    I dunno what it is about hip-hopsters from ye urban demo & gaudy Second empire/rococo-revival patterns n' flourishes; might be grasping for unpillaged variants on the conspicuous consumption theme they normally purvey. But the wallpaper paintings show there's a fine line between "bling" and "gay"

    The rococo style has become associated with homos, mostly likely because homos want it that way. I suppose there is a bit of a natural connection there.

    But watch out! They may co-opt your favorite style next.

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  111. @IrradiatedInChicago
    These have got to be the most spectacularly awful pieces of art at the WH. Clearly, the extra finger is a result of the artist’s complete ineptitude. Same for the portrait of Mooch.

    Affirmative action on steroids, the Bozos are getting high on their own supply. Jeezus.

    Couldn’t agree with you more. No reason to be angry re this particular case though — these are the portraits the Obamas deserve.

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  112. @eah
    OT

    (((Andrew Zimmern)))

    https://twitter.com/andrewzimmern/status/963264957642047488

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  113. Despite enormous money and power to aid the worldwide search, the mainstream US establishment could not locate a competent black artist to paint official portraits of the US ex-president and his spouse. Worldwide talent deficit, maybe?

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    Not only could they not find a competent black artist for the Obamas portraits; they couldn’t find a competent black sculptor for the Martin Luther King statue.
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  114. @IrradiatedInChicago
    What difference, at this point, does it make??

    Indeed,these two ugly atrocities will not be viewed as objects of derision or embarrassment,to be hidden away and forgotten,but will be celebrated as not just a worthy,but quite exemplary pair.
    Not shameful in the least,but held in reverence.
    I ,of course,speak of the paintings…

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    Hopefully, they will brighten up O's Supermax cell.
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  115. @gruff
    I don't see an extra finger.

    I don’t either. Maybe someone can explain this.

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  116. No extra digit, just a poorly rendered ADQ.

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  117. @guest
    The MLK statue at least looks like what it's supposed to be: a monument.

    Someone on Twitter said the Obama portrait looks like a Highlights Magazine drawing, except I don't know what hidden items I'm supposed to hunt for.

    Someone on Twitter said the Obama portrait looks like a Highlights Magazine drawing, except I don’t know what hidden items I’m supposed to hunt for.

    It’s in the plaque underneath the portrait:

    In this portrait of President Obama, can you find these hidden pictures?

    golf club
    minaret
    marijuana leaf
    basketball
    grotto ape
    home-made birth certificate
    Danish prime minister
    pallet of cash
    DACA decree
    FISA warrant

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    I totally forgot about Obama's poetry. (Why did he not win Bob Dylan's Nobel to go with his other Nobel? Racism.) "Pop" may be more revealing, but the ape one, "Underground," is funnier:

    ...apes
    That eat figs.
    Stepping on the figs
    That the apes
    Eat, they crunch.

    I can't go on. Wasn't this enough to catch a beating from your friends in the early 80s?

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  118. @gruff
    I don't see an extra finger.

    Nor me.

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  119. @Peter Johnson
    Despite enormous money and power to aid the worldwide search, the mainstream US establishment could not locate a competent black artist to paint official portraits of the US ex-president and his spouse. Worldwide talent deficit, maybe?

    Not only could they not find a competent black artist for the Obamas portraits; they couldn’t find a competent black sculptor for the Martin Luther King statue.

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  120. @S. Anonyia
    Obama’s portrait looks like 90s album art. Michelle’s looks like a stock drawing of an African-American woman done by a high school senior. These are weird paintings.

    Should have got this guy, Chen Yan Ning, to do it. I know he’s Chinese, not black, but he has the portraiture gift of making his clients recognisable yet slightly idealised – look at his Branson portrait, probably just the way Branson would like to think of himself. He can draw hands, and he’s now a US citizen.

    http://www.syllavethy.com/chenyanning.htm

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    Agreed, he's a skilled portraitist. Here's one of the Duke of Edinburgh. He's exceptional when he paints the faces of younger Chinese women.

    http://www.syllavethy.com/images/phillip.jpg

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3X2uTLgT9CQ/T3DNFfLsBlI/AAAAAAAA4-Q/HKP2cp3fyF0/s1600/Chen+Yan+Ning++%252822%2529.jpg

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  121. @Buzz Mohawk
    This artist is not sophisticated enough to pull off the kind of thing you are alluding to.

    He made the same kind of myopic mistake people make when they input numbers into a calculator, apply the wrong formula, and come out with an answer they don't recognize is wrong. He painted or copied whatever his source image was, but he never recognized that the overall result of the hand looked wrong.

    It's just some skin bunched up under the side of the hand, painted probably from a photograph. The shadow and contrast in that little area are overdone, and that's the result. The stupid artist didn't realize it or care.

    This artist is not a painter.

    Finally, someone who said it right about that stub/sixth finger. Indeed, it’s a classic beginner’s mistake to apply extra shadow and contrast when copying from a photograph. Can also be seen in the extremely shiny face, with its non-existing light source.

    It’s what the whole portrait looks like: a photograph of Obama sitting, photoshopped on a weirdly-painted chair which is somehow surrounded by an otherworldly garden. All of which is somehow supposed to remind us he was president… but rather looks like a religious icon. Or really, like one of the best memorials to grace a black neighborhood’s wall.
    That said, the color combination is attractive, and the idea has an interesting aesthetic to it; but execution isn’t too memorable (lighting, and that chair), and the aesthetic vision is also kind of ignoring the function of the portrait. Not even Obama himself seemed that enthused at the unveiling.
    And to think people ripped on Andy Warhol’s portraits… at least he did the lithographs himself.

    Also, I can’t believe no one says anything about the black former president portrayed as if he were in a jungle. And on a rickety chair instead of a throne.
    Also, that lady looks quite younger and with finer features than his wife. I do like the colors and the dress. Though again, cannot tell if she used to be a First Lady or a model.

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  122. @Anonymous
    Michelle Obama is not very attractive, and Im not even saying that as a right wing extremist. Hillary, on an age adjusted basis is significantly better looking. Barack I feel could do much better, but then again his college girlfriends didn't seem too attractive either.

    People make too many negative comments about Michelle Obama’s looks. She is really quite good-looking for a black woman. You may think that Michelle is no Aphrodite, that Abe Shinzo’s wife is plain, or that Jiang Qing or any other of Mao Zedong’s wives was not particularly attractive, but they deserve to be compared to other members of their own ethnic group. Abe Akie is not ugly compared to the average Japanese woman; in fact, she looks very typical.

    The problem is that most women of most ethnic groups look quite plain compared to an average white woman who has not allowed herself to become a disgusting land whale; this may even be the number one reason why we see so much vitriol directed against whites. Case in point: that other painting by this portrait artist.

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    People make too many negative comments about Michelle Obama’s looks. She is really quite good-looking for a black woman.
     
    My first reaction was that this is BS. But, I think Michelle is probably at about the 80th percentile of black, female looks. Given that she brings other things to the table (hooked up in Chi politics) and that they were married before it became obvious that BO was The Lightbringer, I think you are simply correct. She is about what you would expect his wife to look like. Thanks.
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  123. @IrradiatedInChicago
    These have got to be the most spectacularly awful pieces of art at the WH. Clearly, the extra finger is a result of the artist’s complete ineptitude. Same for the portrait of Mooch.

    Affirmative action on steroids, the Bozos are getting high on their own supply. Jeezus.

    Agree.

    Reminds me of the funeral in SA that Obama attended where the sign language guy was just some lunatic who wandered up on stage and started gesticulating like a fiend and no one noticed anything wrong.

    Or look at the MLK statue that reminds me very much of Mao. But hey that’s what they get when they hired a Chinese dude instead of American with a proven track record.

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  124. @CCZ
    Second home in China, does much of his work there, and “It’s sort of a play on the ‘kill whitey’ thing,” Wiley says.

    "Outsource to China
    While riffing on the Western canon, Kehinde Wiley’s global reach."


    But one already stands out: a tall, elegant black woman in a long blue dress—the canvas is enormous, eight feet by ten feet—calmly staring down the viewer. In one hand, she holds a knife. In the other, a cleanly severed brunette female head. “It’s sort of a play on the ‘kill whitey’ thing,” Wiley says.

    The Beijing studio became the main production hub as well as his second home. He recently bought an apartment overlooking Chaoyang Park, complete with a live-in maid and two miniature greyhounds, Xiaohui, or “Little Gray,” and Celie, named after the character in The Color Purple.
     

    http://nymag.com/arts/art/rules/kehinde-wiley-2012-4/

    When “kill whitey” is a “thing”, maybe white people should notice.

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    When “kill whitey” is a “thing”, maybe white people should notice.
     
    Noticing that blacks don't like them very much would ruin the whole thing.
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  125. @MikeatMikedotMike
    Former MLB reliever Antonio Alfonseca has 6 fingers on each hand.

    Yup, most in major league history. With 25000 guys in 2nd. Bob Wickman next with 9.7. And Mordecai “Three Fingers” Brown in last.

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    And Mordecai “Three Fingers” Brown in last.
     
    After that finish he probably needed three fingers of red eye. Nowadays can you still say that?
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  126. @CCZ
    Second home in China, does much of his work there, and “It’s sort of a play on the ‘kill whitey’ thing,” Wiley says.

    "Outsource to China
    While riffing on the Western canon, Kehinde Wiley’s global reach."


    But one already stands out: a tall, elegant black woman in a long blue dress—the canvas is enormous, eight feet by ten feet—calmly staring down the viewer. In one hand, she holds a knife. In the other, a cleanly severed brunette female head. “It’s sort of a play on the ‘kill whitey’ thing,” Wiley says.

    The Beijing studio became the main production hub as well as his second home. He recently bought an apartment overlooking Chaoyang Park, complete with a live-in maid and two miniature greyhounds, Xiaohui, or “Little Gray,” and Celie, named after the character in The Color Purple.
     

    http://nymag.com/arts/art/rules/kehinde-wiley-2012-4/

    Second home in China, does much of his work there, and “It’s sort of a play on the ‘kill whitey’ thing,” Wiley says.

    What exactly is “the kill whitey thing”?

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  127. @YetAnotherAnon
    Should have got this guy, Chen Yan Ning, to do it. I know he's Chinese, not black, but he has the portraiture gift of making his clients recognisable yet slightly idealised - look at his Branson portrait, probably just the way Branson would like to think of himself. He can draw hands, and he's now a US citizen.

    http://www.syllavethy.com/images/branson.jpg

    http://www.syllavethy.com/chenyanning.htm

    Agreed, he’s a skilled portraitist. Here’s one of the Duke of Edinburgh. He’s exceptional when he paints the faces of younger Chinese women.

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  128. Sixth finger? Reminds me of a toy I wanted as a child…
    “Six-Finger, Six-Finger, man alive – how did I ever get along with five?”
    Obama’s obscured appendage looks more like a vestigial thumb than it does a sixth finger.
    Now that would be, uh, handy – a second opposable thumb on the other side of the palm!
    Maybe Barry really is a more highly evolved form of life after all.
    Or maybe his portraitist is just a retard. When I saw these childish efforts, I thought how fitting it is that a couple of clowns like the Obamas will be forever represented by these cartoonish works.
    It’s a bit like those of us who wince when we see pictures of ourselves back in the 70′s, with that crazy 70′s hair. In decades to come, Americans will wince when they look back, mortified, at the Obama years. “My God, what were they thinking?”

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  129. @Achilles

    Someone on Twitter said the Obama portrait looks like a Highlights Magazine drawing, except I don’t know what hidden items I’m supposed to hunt for.
     
    It's in the plaque underneath the portrait:

    In this portrait of President Obama, can you find these hidden pictures?

    golf club
    minaret
    marijuana leaf
    basketball
    grotto ape
    home-made birth certificate
    Danish prime minister
    pallet of cash
    DACA decree
    FISA warrant
     

    I totally forgot about Obama’s poetry. (Why did he not win Bob Dylan’s Nobel to go with his other Nobel? Racism.) “Pop” may be more revealing, but the ape one, “Underground,” is funnier:

    …apes
    That eat figs.
    Stepping on the figs
    That the apes
    Eat, they crunch.

    I can’t go on. Wasn’t this enough to catch a beating from your friends in the early 80s?

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  130. @Louis Renault

    What we once were, we can be again.
     
    Yes. That's why they have to go back.

    Yes. That’s why they have to go back.

    Where they once were, they can be again.

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  131. While we’re on the subject of political portraits, Churchill hated his official portrait by Graham Sutherland, so much so that his widow had it controversially destroyed after his death. Churchill sarcastically referred to it at the unveiling as “an excellent example of modern art”. In private he bemoaned that it made it look as if he was on the toilet, “pushing, pushing”. Obama looks like he’s pushing as well.

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  132. I can’t see a sixth finger. Maybe it appears to some people that there’s an extra finger tucked under at the end, but I wouldn’t have noticed if it hadn’t been pointed out.

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  133. @gruff
    I don't see an extra finger.

    It isn’t explicitly shown; it originates from the wrist and lies under the hand.

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  134. @The Anti-Gnostic
    The Dump In The Woods

    Obama In The Mist

    The painting is a technical disaster. The hands are wrong, the chair is wrong. The artist can't do perspective (or feet) so he has Obama emanating out of a wall of foliage.

    Just awful. And Mrs. Obama's portrait looks like something the art teacher at a big suburban high school would select from the senior class output to hang in the library. And it's not a portrait.

    The Chinese archaeologists will be baffled.

    The Michelle picture looks kind of like a black (grey) version of the Nagel prints that every hair salon in America had 30 years ago:

    https://www.theonion.com/hair-salon-acquires-rare-nagel-print-1819586336

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    There was a huge Nagel fake print industry in the years after his early death, in 1984, when he was just beginning to be recognized for his graphics, especially with the Duran Duran Rio album cover. The ubiquitous hair salon prints were from that time. I remember reading that the FBI broke up a fake Nagel print racket.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/ac/DuranRio.jpg/220px-DuranRio.jpg

    , @Stan Adams
    When I was a kid, we had a couple of Nagel prints on the walls of our house, along with a bunch of old movie posters.
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  135. The Obamas chose these portraitists, so they got every bit of what they deserve. These paintings break so many rules of classical art that it’s hard to know where to begin. There is too much green around Obama — the subject should have occupied much more of the canvas — and the flowers are too small, relative to the greenery. Obama also looks photo-shopped, as I believe most or all of the painting was. Probably printed to canvas and painted over. Along with the off-putting way he is sitting, the hands were one of the first things I noticed — not the extra digit on the left hand, but the size, which I assume to be a taunt at Trump. And the fact that this so-called “artist” has a fetish for painting blacks decapitating whites? Incredible, but oddly fitting.

    As far as Michelle’s portrait goes…the kindest thing that can be said about it is that it looks like folk art. It is flat, without any sophisticated blending of colors to create flesh tones (I read that that was purposeful, but that’s an easy out for lack of talent or training). The dress is too dominant, and the background is too pale and monotone. The face looks vaguely like Michelle but is too small for the size of the painting. It’s a painting of a dress that happens to have a woman in it.

    A fitting end, is it not, for these two? And the beauty of it all is, they did it to themselves.

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  136. That’s not an extra finger. It’s a fold of skin painted by a mediocre Chinese artist.

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  137. @YetAnotherAnon
    When "kill whitey" is a "thing", maybe white people should notice.

    When “kill whitey” is a “thing”, maybe white people should notice.

    Noticing that blacks don’t like them very much would ruin the whole thing.

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  138. “Six finger, six finger, man alive! How did I ever get along with five?”

    According to one of my former Art History professors, showing six fingers is a symbol for movement. So when a painter depicts a model with six fingers they are intending to indicate that the hands of the model are busy.

    For example, here is Picasso’s “A Dream”.

    As you can see, the young woman’s fingers are busy, busy, busy. Apparently she is strumming her own sitar to some internal tune.

    And this meme is well known to Artists. So presumably, the man who painted Obama was aware of this and he is trying to show that the President’s hands are not only large–and we all know the popular connection that large hands have with the size of a man’s schlong–but also that they are moving.

    So the unavoidable conclusion is that the president is jerking himself off. The Artist is trying to tell us that former president Obama is a Jerkoff.

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    Why does she have a Johnson growing out the top of her head?
    , @Twodees Partain
    Until I see several other paintings with six fingers by artists besides Picasso, I'm going to go with the idea that your art professor made that up on the fly. Six fingers denotes movement......yeah, OK. ;-)
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  139. @J.Ross
    http://illusion.scene360.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/cleon-01.jpg
    By Cleon Peterson, in vid upthread.
    Genocidal hate speech is permitted for some people and simple discussions about historical events are forbidden to others.

    At least we know where he stands on the boxers vs briefs issue.

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    You joke but it's serious. This ideology views sex as soma and as a pre-verbal vindication -- the beautiful are right, right because they are beautiful and vice versa. They wear their libido on their sleeves.
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  140. @Tiny Duck
    Like their subjects, the portraits are inspirational in that they are groundbreaking, thoughtful, wonderfully composed and show, in the best way, what humans are capable of achieving. My eyes teared-up as I watched the unveiling, and heard the artists’ statements, and felt the calming strength that President Obama and Michelle convey so well with their words and demeanor. The pull is great to see the paintings hanging in the Smithsonian.

    The most moving thing about the unveiling was just seeing the President and the First Lady again. If Americans miss him half as much as this Canadian does, then there's a lot of sorrow in America. How is it possible that this noble couple was followed by what is currently occupying the White House? Shame on America.

    What we once were, we can be again. If art can give hope, it did so for me today.

    thanks tiny. little comic relief welcomed in the midst of a serious discussion.

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  141. I doubt Kehinde Wiley knew about the sixth finger. My guess is it was deliberately added as an Easter egg by the actual painter(s), as an FU to both the titular artist and its subject.

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  142. @Tiny Duck
    Like their subjects, the portraits are inspirational in that they are groundbreaking, thoughtful, wonderfully composed and show, in the best way, what humans are capable of achieving. My eyes teared-up as I watched the unveiling, and heard the artists’ statements, and felt the calming strength that President Obama and Michelle convey so well with their words and demeanor. The pull is great to see the paintings hanging in the Smithsonian.

    The most moving thing about the unveiling was just seeing the President and the First Lady again. If Americans miss him half as much as this Canadian does, then there's a lot of sorrow in America. How is it possible that this noble couple was followed by what is currently occupying the White House? Shame on America.

    What we once were, we can be again. If art can give hope, it did so for me today.

    This may be your best work yet. Bravissimo.

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  143. @CCZ
    How does Official Obama Presidential Portrait Artist get his job after painting this:

    https://judith2you.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/judith-kehinde-wiley.jpg

    http://plantcurator.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/IMG_1470-1024x710.jpg

    Barack Obama may not have murderous fantasies about whites, but he’s sympathetic to those who do.

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  144. @Steve Sailer
    The Michelle picture looks kind of like a black (grey) version of the Nagel prints that every hair salon in America had 30 years ago:

    https://www.theonion.com/hair-salon-acquires-rare-nagel-print-1819586336

    There was a huge Nagel fake print industry in the years after his early death, in 1984, when he was just beginning to be recognized for his graphics, especially with the Duran Duran Rio album cover. The ubiquitous hair salon prints were from that time. I remember reading that the FBI broke up a fake Nagel print racket.

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    The model here eerily resembles famous rocker offspring Natalie Hynde as an adult,although she was an infant when it was painted.
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  145. @Buffalo Joe
    TD, shame, shame. This is a cut and paste from the NYT's comments.

    Anything from TD longer than one line is a cut and paste.

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  146. The greatest all-rounder in the history of the game of cricket, Garry Sobers of Barbados, was born with six fingers on each hand. He got rid of them himself with a piece of cat-gut and a knife, when he started playing seriously.

    http://www.cricketcountry.com/criclife/garry-sobersthe-man-who-was-born-with-six-fingers-in-each-hands-499961

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  147. Terrible paintings but Michelle is certainly above average for African women.

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  148. @27 year old
    James O'Keefe has a EXPLOSIVE video that will reveal the truth!

    He always does, right!?

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  149. @anony-mouse
    I thought people here liked realism painters instead of all that deep state financed abstract expressionism (eg Clement Greenberg, Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman).

    Can't people here make up their minds?

    Yes, we like reallistic portraits.

    That’s precisely why we dislike these “reallistic” “portraits”.

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  150. Probably did a lot of cut and paste in Photoshop, you know hands from this photo, body from another, throw in a background. Then after transferring to canvas did what a no talent idiot would do, just follow the lines with no corrections.

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    In Rubens' giant paintings the background was painted by his apprentice assistants with the great master himself dropped by in the afternoon to dash in the main figures. As you say, seems the same painting-by-team approach was used in the Obama portrait.

    Problem was, instead of just one guy doing the hands, the Chinese must have divided the labor even further, with each of several artists doing just one finger. With no one responsible for whole hand, the inevitable happened and the result is what we see.

    As Hegel said, "The Truth is the Whole".

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  151. @guest
    The MLK statue at least looks like what it's supposed to be: a monument.

    Someone on Twitter said the Obama portrait looks like a Highlights Magazine drawing, except I don't know what hidden items I'm supposed to hunt for.

    Haven’t seen it mentioned, but the background is cut and pasted. The same of several leaf patterns occurs like 6 times.

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  152. @Anon
    Behind every great black painter is a white guy: Ain Cocke

    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Ain+Cocke.&t=ipad&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images


    Manages Wiley’s Beijing studio where most of his paintings are produced by a team (the black rubens?)

    I think Ain even takes the photos that are the basis of the paintings

    http://nymag.com/arts/art/rules/kehinde-wiley-2012-4/

    It would seem that many of America’s most noteworthy “diversity success stories” are skin-deep; mere straw-men fronting for 3rd rate talent subcontractors & ghost-writers.

    Makes sense. Create an incentive system that rewards appearances more than anything else, we shouldn’t be surprised. Reminds me of that fabulous Atlanta African-American woman government contractor / racketeer that was recently in the news.

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/great-moments-in-affirmative-action/

    Why cultivate experience and talent to create value when merely adding a little sheen of diversity is rewarded so much more richly than actually producing anything?

    Barry & Michelle (as well as our decadent republic) deserve the shallow, mediocre and uninspired portraits that reflect their characters as well as the voters who elected them.

    Diversity is indeed now such a precious commodity that major organizations and concerns are willing to fight bitterly over the “most closely guarded and competitively sensitive strategic plans and recruitment initiatives,” including “confidential strategies to recruit, retain and promote diverse talent.”

    IBM claims the information that Lindsay-Rae McIntyre possesses — including confidential data about diversity, strategies and initiatives — can cause “real and immediate competitive harm” if she’s allowed to move immediately to Microsoft. IBM sued to enforce a one-year non-competition agreement.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-12/ibm-sues-to-block-ex-chief-diversity-officer-s-move-to-microsoft

    To be fair, like Marissa Mayer, that Yahoo Barbie before her, this particular Diversity Commissar does bring a certain exotic flair of vibrancy in an industry already crowded with (the wrong sort of) brown dudes.

    Outsource production to foreigners working in slave conditions if you have to. But do be sure at least to have a polished well-spoken flim-flam (wo)man of the right complexion to make the pitch.

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  153. @DWright
    Probably did a lot of cut and paste in Photoshop, you know hands from this photo, body from another, throw in a background. Then after transferring to canvas did what a no talent idiot would do, just follow the lines with no corrections.

    In Rubens’ giant paintings the background was painted by his apprentice assistants with the great master himself dropped by in the afternoon to dash in the main figures. As you say, seems the same painting-by-team approach was used in the Obama portrait.

    Problem was, instead of just one guy doing the hands, the Chinese must have divided the labor even further, with each of several artists doing just one finger. With no one responsible for whole hand, the inevitable happened and the result is what we see.

    As Hegel said, “The Truth is the Whole”.

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    The Old Masters masters usually did the faces and hands.
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  154. @Anonymous
    On the beheaded Becky, I believe Derbyshire has said it is obvious to non-Americans that Blacks in this country really don’t like Whites.

    But White Americans are oblivious to it.

    Not after eight years of BO. Not by a long shot.

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  155. @PiltdownMan
    There was a huge Nagel fake print industry in the years after his early death, in 1984, when he was just beginning to be recognized for his graphics, especially with the Duran Duran Rio album cover. The ubiquitous hair salon prints were from that time. I remember reading that the FBI broke up a fake Nagel print racket.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/ac/DuranRio.jpg/220px-DuranRio.jpg

    The model here eerily resembles famous rocker offspring Natalie Hynde as an adult,although she was an infant when it was painted.

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  156. @ThreeCranes
    In Rubens' giant paintings the background was painted by his apprentice assistants with the great master himself dropped by in the afternoon to dash in the main figures. As you say, seems the same painting-by-team approach was used in the Obama portrait.

    Problem was, instead of just one guy doing the hands, the Chinese must have divided the labor even further, with each of several artists doing just one finger. With no one responsible for whole hand, the inevitable happened and the result is what we see.

    As Hegel said, "The Truth is the Whole".

    The Old Masters masters usually did the faces and hands.

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    Okay. That makes sense, hands being as much a window to the soul as the eyes. But you're talking about Europeans whom, we can assume, could count to five.

    This Wiley guy was an Art major (and black to boot); they don't do numbers.

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  157. @Bill B.

    Regardless, his portrait is garish kitsch.
     
    Yes. Is it even a portrait in the traditional sense of the term. This is obviously little more than painted up photograph in some fashion or other.

    This is obviously little more than painted up photograph in some fashion or other.

    I’m beginning to suspect the same thing. You could create something like this in Photoshop, then make a giclée print on canvas that looks exactly like a painting. And anyway, who would spill the beans on the most foremost black artist?

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  158. @Steve Sailer
    The Old Masters masters usually did the faces and hands.

    Okay. That makes sense, hands being as much a window to the soul as the eyes. But you’re talking about Europeans whom, we can assume, could count to five.

    This Wiley guy was an Art major (and black to boot); they don’t do numbers.

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  159. @anony-mouse
    I thought people here liked realism painters instead of all that deep state financed abstract expressionism (eg Clement Greenberg, Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman).

    Can't people here make up their minds?

    Did you really think that? If so, why? Isn’t it really just that you assumed, quite wrongly, that conservative-minded people are only going to like representational art?

    Such a lazy, ignorant comment.

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  160. @ScarletNumber
    Tony Kornheiser used to claim that Linda Cohn had 12 toes. He would make a point of saying that it wasn't 6 and 6 like you might think, rather it was 7 and 5.

    I’ve always liked Linda. Don’t see any extra toes.

    https://www.wikifeet.com/Linda_Cohn#&gid=1&pid=12

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  161. Here is a painting from the Oakland Museum wherein a Gold Rush era miner is depicted with six fingers. Well, 5 fingers and a thumb, really. I saw it when I was a little girl and have never forgotten it, along with the Mel Ramos painting, the Browned Bare, for different reasons.

    http://picturethis.museumca.org/pictures/mountain-jack-and-wandering-miner

    http://www.flickriver.com/photos/lar3/7174028133/

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  162. @Tiny Duck
    Like their subjects, the portraits are inspirational in that they are groundbreaking, thoughtful, wonderfully composed and show, in the best way, what humans are capable of achieving. My eyes teared-up as I watched the unveiling, and heard the artists’ statements, and felt the calming strength that President Obama and Michelle convey so well with their words and demeanor. The pull is great to see the paintings hanging in the Smithsonian.

    The most moving thing about the unveiling was just seeing the President and the First Lady again. If Americans miss him half as much as this Canadian does, then there's a lot of sorrow in America. How is it possible that this noble couple was followed by what is currently occupying the White House? Shame on America.

    What we once were, we can be again. If art can give hope, it did so for me today.

    My eyes teared-up as I watched the unveiling, and heard the artists’ statements….

    Ohs Tinys……yo eyes teered up the first time Ledsnerd and Tinys made dat “TinyDucken” by putting “little Ledsnert” inside! Teers an teers…

    Good tymes.

    Ledsenert “memeberin teh firstis tyme” Pittts

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  163. Twilight Zone – Will The Real Martian Please Stand Up?

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  164. @Daniel H
    Painting stands up there with this masterpiece.

    https://www.goodfellaspainting.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/tommys-mom-holding-the-painting-at-table-1024x739.jpg

    Good laugh. Thanks.

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  165. @eah
    Soon on Sesame Street.

    One of these things is not like the other.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DV33PXyXkAADRou.jpg

    I see your point, but sometimes the destruction of the old order is necessary. However, the new boss, as represented by that slender fraud Obama, is a regime of continued warfare, devotion to financial capital, and fracturing identity politics. Trump is the next phase in this new era.

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  166. I make fun of the mainstream press a lot, but imagine what it must be like to have to go through life pretending the Obama portrait is great just because it was crapped out by a black guy.

    That can’t be any fun.

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    " That can't be any fun"

    Well they go through life pretending that "Rap" garbage somehow can be categorized as "Music", just because it is a concoction of talent-free black cretins.

    Charlie Parker, musical genius non-plus-ultra, is rotating in his grave in light of the loss by the black community of their musical heritage.

    Authenticjazzman "Mensa" qualified since 1973, airborne trained US Army Vet, and pro jazz musician.
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  167. @Hippopotamusdrome
    At least we know where he stands on the boxers vs briefs issue.

    You joke but it’s serious. This ideology views sex as soma and as a pre-verbal vindication — the beautiful are right, right because they are beautiful and vice versa. They wear their libido on their sleeves.

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  168. @üeljang
    People make too many negative comments about Michelle Obama's looks. She is really quite good-looking for a black woman. You may think that Michelle is no Aphrodite, that Abe Shinzo's wife is plain, or that Jiang Qing or any other of Mao Zedong's wives was not particularly attractive, but they deserve to be compared to other members of their own ethnic group. Abe Akie is not ugly compared to the average Japanese woman; in fact, she looks very typical.

    The problem is that most women of most ethnic groups look quite plain compared to an average white woman who has not allowed herself to become a disgusting land whale; this may even be the number one reason why we see so much vitriol directed against whites. Case in point: that other painting by this portrait artist.

    People make too many negative comments about Michelle Obama’s looks. She is really quite good-looking for a black woman.

    My first reaction was that this is BS. But, I think Michelle is probably at about the 80th percentile of black, female looks. Given that she brings other things to the table (hooked up in Chi politics) and that they were married before it became obvious that BO was The Lightbringer, I think you are simply correct. She is about what you would expect his wife to look like. Thanks.

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    She would be far more attractive if she would just wipe the constantly sullen expression off her face!
    , @old lurker
    Makes me wonder how many have seen her old pic before the jaw implant, chin implant, cheek implants, nose, lip, and eye jobs, lipo, and wigs.
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  169. @Steve Sailer
    The Michelle picture looks kind of like a black (grey) version of the Nagel prints that every hair salon in America had 30 years ago:

    https://www.theonion.com/hair-salon-acquires-rare-nagel-print-1819586336

    When I was a kid, we had a couple of Nagel prints on the walls of our house, along with a bunch of old movie posters.

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  170. Where the “six finger, six finger….” rhyme came from. A must see.

    Obama’s alter ego. Secret agent.

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  171. @Dave Pinsen
    I asked Fred Wilson what he thought of that painting, after he praised the artist, and he got upset.

    https://twitter.com/dpinsen/status/963222421921845248

    Nice!

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  172. @Buzz Mohawk
    President Trump should have his portrait done by whoever rendered this:

    https://www.daz3d.com/galleryimage/image/78219/the-noble-art-of-decapitation_full.jpg

    @58 Buzz Mohawk: “President Trump should have his portrait done by whoever rendered this:”

    Kim Kardashian pre-butt implant with an extra foot of leg length in the Aussie outback plus a bit of European architectural ruins for local color? What’s not to like?

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  173. @guest
    The accuracy is of course beside the point, if you're an idiot. They're relying on two simple, powerful arguments:

    1). Among browns, "Anglo" means "white."

    White people don't refer to themselves as "Anglos," and in fact reserve that term for specific kinds of whites. But browns don't differentiate between whites, and therefore take it to exclude them specifically.

    2). Libs in general don't allow white people to recognize, let alone celebrate, their own heritage.

    White people don’t refer to themselves as “Anglos,” and in fact reserve that term for specific kinds of whites

    …who themselves reject it. For Mexican street slang, I prefer “gringo”. There’s no pretense of respect.

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  174. I used to buy tacos and burritos from a Somali with the beginnings of a third thumb growing out the side of another. It didn’t look like it needed major surgery to correct, so I asked another Somali about it. He said that many people in his part of the world consider extra digits to be good luck, or at least a blessing.

    The Luos don’t live that far from Somali territory (which includes a huge chunk of Kenya, North East Province), and they might feel the same way.

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  175. These, to me, are the definitive portraits of Bush the Son:

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  176. @Anonymous
    On the beheaded Becky, I believe Derbyshire has said it is obvious to non-Americans that Blacks in this country really don’t like Whites.

    But White Americans are oblivious to it.

    …Blacks in this country really don’t like Whites.

    But White Americans are oblivious to it

    Some people are more trouble when they like you than when they hate you. Prominent white examples would be Harvey Weinstein, John Hinckley, and Jeffrey Dahmer.

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    Very true. The non-prominent examples are the daily murders, rapes, beatings, assaults, etc... of white women who gain the affections (wanted or unwanted) of feral black boys and men.
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  177. @Buzz Mohawk
    President Trump should have his portrait done by whoever rendered this:

    https://www.daz3d.com/galleryimage/image/78219/the-noble-art-of-decapitation_full.jpg

    Personally I’d like to see Trump find the guy who did the baroque style painting of him, his family, and Putin and use that as his official portrait.

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  178. @Anonymous
    Michelle Obama is not very attractive, and Im not even saying that as a right wing extremist. Hillary, on an age adjusted basis is significantly better looking. Barack I feel could do much better, but then again his college girlfriends didn't seem too attractive either.

    Hillary, on an age adjusted basis is significantly better looking.

    Whatever

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    Has anyone ever seen Hillary and Peter Noone in the same room together? That expression says, "Something tells me I'm into something good!"
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  179. Funny, I see four fingers, no thumb and the contrast between the top of his hand and his palm. Where God had him lean against the wall to spray paint him.

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  180. @Charles Erwin Wilson II
    Good one Dave. Game. Set. Match.

    He said in a later response that all art was healthy, so I asked him if that included Nazi art. Then he DMed me saying I was trolling him and pissing him off and that he’d block or mute me if he were the sort to do that. To his partial credit, he didn’t block or mute me, but he did unfollow me.

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  181. sign of the nephilim! REPENT

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  182. @Reg Cæsar

    ...Blacks in this country really don’t like Whites.

    But White Americans are oblivious to it
     
    Some people are more trouble when they like you than when they hate you. Prominent white examples would be Harvey Weinstein, John Hinckley, and Jeffrey Dahmer.

    Very true. The non-prominent examples are the daily murders, rapes, beatings, assaults, etc… of white women who gain the affections (wanted or unwanted) of feral black boys and men.

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  183. @Bill

    People make too many negative comments about Michelle Obama’s looks. She is really quite good-looking for a black woman.
     
    My first reaction was that this is BS. But, I think Michelle is probably at about the 80th percentile of black, female looks. Given that she brings other things to the table (hooked up in Chi politics) and that they were married before it became obvious that BO was The Lightbringer, I think you are simply correct. She is about what you would expect his wife to look like. Thanks.

    She would be far more attractive if she would just wipe the constantly sullen expression off her face!

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  184. @Daniel H
    Painting stands up there with this masterpiece.

    https://www.goodfellaspainting.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/tommys-mom-holding-the-painting-at-table-1024x739.jpg

    Completely forgot this part of this scene. Scorcese’s mom.

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  185. @Dave Pinsen
    I asked Fred Wilson what he thought of that painting, after he praised the artist, and he got upset.

    https://twitter.com/dpinsen/status/963222421921845248

    Dave, total respect to you and Steve for engaging on Twitter. Never stooping or talking trash. Funny and logical.

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    Thanks, that's nice to hear.
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  186. @Anonymous
    https://i.imgur.com/ghQljzz.jpg

    Ah, to go with the empty suit…

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  187. @The Anti-Gnostic
    The Dump In The Woods

    Obama In The Mist

    The painting is a technical disaster. The hands are wrong, the chair is wrong. The artist can't do perspective (or feet) so he has Obama emanating out of a wall of foliage.

    Just awful. And Mrs. Obama's portrait looks like something the art teacher at a big suburban high school would select from the senior class output to hang in the library. And it's not a portrait.

    The Chinese archaeologists will be baffled.

    It’s the painting version of his college poetry

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  188. What kind of mother would name an innocent newborn baby Kehinde?

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    One who defers to her Nigerian husband.
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  189. @The Anti-Gnostic
    The Dump In The Woods

    Obama In The Mist

    The painting is a technical disaster. The hands are wrong, the chair is wrong. The artist can't do perspective (or feet) so he has Obama emanating out of a wall of foliage.

    Just awful. And Mrs. Obama's portrait looks like something the art teacher at a big suburban high school would select from the senior class output to hang in the library. And it's not a portrait.

    The Chinese archaeologists will be baffled.

    It’s the painting version of his college poetry

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  190. @Art Deco
    Hillary, on an age adjusted basis is significantly better looking.

    https://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160510181822-hillary-clinton-senate-2000-restricted-super-169.jpg

    Whatever

    Has anyone ever seen Hillary and Peter Noone in the same room together? That expression says, “Something tells me I’m into something good!”

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  191. @Hhsiii
    Yup, most in major league history. With 25000 guys in 2nd. Bob Wickman next with 9.7. And Mordecai "Three Fingers" Brown in last.

    And Mordecai “Three Fingers” Brown in last.

    After that finish he probably needed three fingers of red eye. Nowadays can you still say that?

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  192. @Buffalo Joe
    TD, shame, shame. This is a cut and paste from the NYT's comments.

    TD couldn’t find anything from Leonard Pizt to crib.

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  193. I would have charitably attributed that part of the picture to an extra fold of skin on the side of a skinny and bony pair of hands, but that photo Steve found shows that Obama appears to have surprisingly short and plump hands for a tall and skinny looking guy.

    It’s probably just the result of careless work by a minion at the Chinese workshop and indifferent quality control by the Nigerian-American boss.

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  194. @Twodees Partain
    What kind of mother would name an innocent newborn baby Kehinde?

    One who defers to her Nigerian husband.

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    Oh, OK. I assumed that he was American. One of my wife's coworkers named her son Akayele, and she was from South Philly by way of Georgia.
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  195. @Buffalo Joe
    TD, shame, shame. This is a cut and paste from the NYT's comments.

    He used to do it all the time.

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  196. Obama be copping a squat in that pic.

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  197. @Anonymous
    Michelle Obama is not very attractive, and Im not even saying that as a right wing extremist. Hillary, on an age adjusted basis is significantly better looking. Barack I feel could do much better, but then again his college girlfriends didn't seem too attractive either.

    What are these “college girlfriends” of which you speak?

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  198. 2203916

    I mean, Shani, and all his hubris, gotten beat by his skating by the Dutch- duh…they still rule the world in skating, Hans Brinker and all.

    Just love the USA kids in Snowboarding winnin’.

    Kehinde is an artist I like, but OB chose the wrong artist in history – you must chose small portraits that can be easily moved around as decades go on - seriously, as an interior designer. Anything over 24″ by 30″ is a problem – this is why most Masterpieces do not travel - the insurance and reinsurance (most importantly) is too much, to make sure that the frame and canvas will not be harmed.

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  199. @Father O'Hara
    Indeed,these two ugly atrocities will not be viewed as objects of derision or embarrassment,to be hidden away and forgotten,but will be celebrated as not just a worthy,but quite exemplary pair.
    Not shameful in the least,but held in reverence.
    I ,of course,speak of the paintings...

    Hopefully, they will brighten up O’s Supermax cell.

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  200. @ThreeCranes
    "Six finger, six finger, man alive! How did I ever get along with five?"

    According to one of my former Art History professors, showing six fingers is a symbol for movement. So when a painter depicts a model with six fingers they are intending to indicate that the hands of the model are busy.

    For example, here is Picasso's "A Dream".

    http://art-picasso.com/image/1930/1931%20A%20dream%20130x97cm.jpg

    As you can see, the young woman's fingers are busy, busy, busy. Apparently she is strumming her own sitar to some internal tune.

    And this meme is well known to Artists. So presumably, the man who painted Obama was aware of this and he is trying to show that the President's hands are not only large--and we all know the popular connection that large hands have with the size of a man's schlong--but also that they are moving.

    So the unavoidable conclusion is that the president is jerking himself off. The Artist is trying to tell us that former president Obama is a Jerkoff.

    Why does she have a Johnson growing out the top of her head?

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    Evidently, she's got dick on her mind.
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  201. @J.Ross
    http://illusion.scene360.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/cleon-01.jpg
    By Cleon Peterson, in vid upthread.
    Genocidal hate speech is permitted for some people and simple discussions about historical events are forbidden to others.

    Much more where that came from. Wonder if his mural is still in effect at the Eiffel Tower?

    http://www.europeancivilwar.com/paris-hosts-eiffel-tower-mural-explicitly-celebrating-the-genocide-of-white-people/

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    Picture the WN equivalent of this (spoiler alert: it's not the same thing with races changing places, it's pretty much any historical painting of a prairie family doing chores or praying). This exterminationist drivel is what I see whenever I hear the present campaign to eliminate free speech on the internet by hand-wringing "offensive content," because Dennis Prager discussing the Bible is already classified by YouTube as offensive and Peterson's paintings would never be in limited state.
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  202. But wait! There’s more!

    https://heartiste.wordpress.com/2018/02/13/did-kehinde-wiley-slip-a-sperm-into-obamas-portrait/

    Evidently this flamer likes to “seed” all his portraits with little future “homothugs”.

    https://mrsawyersopus.wordpress.com/2010/10/22/sexuality-and-race-the-art-of-kehinde-wiley/

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    Some day when you're really bored, take a magnifying glass and study advertising photos and drawings. You'll find all sorts of interesting items.

    The art director for my old company liked to insert Organ Joe, a little smiling penis, into many of his projects.
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  203. @PiltdownMan
    One who defers to her Nigerian husband.

    Oh, OK. I assumed that he was American. One of my wife’s coworkers named her son Akayele, and she was from South Philly by way of Georgia.

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  204. @ThreeCranes
    "Six finger, six finger, man alive! How did I ever get along with five?"

    According to one of my former Art History professors, showing six fingers is a symbol for movement. So when a painter depicts a model with six fingers they are intending to indicate that the hands of the model are busy.

    For example, here is Picasso's "A Dream".

    http://art-picasso.com/image/1930/1931%20A%20dream%20130x97cm.jpg

    As you can see, the young woman's fingers are busy, busy, busy. Apparently she is strumming her own sitar to some internal tune.

    And this meme is well known to Artists. So presumably, the man who painted Obama was aware of this and he is trying to show that the President's hands are not only large--and we all know the popular connection that large hands have with the size of a man's schlong--but also that they are moving.

    So the unavoidable conclusion is that the president is jerking himself off. The Artist is trying to tell us that former president Obama is a Jerkoff.

    Until I see several other paintings with six fingers by artists besides Picasso, I’m going to go with the idea that your art professor made that up on the fly. Six fingers denotes movement……yeah, OK. ;-)

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  205. @Anonymous
    https://i.imgur.com/ghQljzz.jpg

    I think this is called culturally appropriating Clint Eastwood.

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  206. @CMC
    IMHO Michelle’s portrait has got a weird pinky knuckle thing going on too. Her right hand.

    Yeah, another ESL Chinese AA painter.
    On the other hand, at least she didn’t culturally appropriate western perspective.
    Probably was too cross eyed.

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  207. @Anon
    That's good. I welcome more anti-white art by black folks. Good for making white folks wake up to reality.

    That pic should be called black female OJ Juror and Nicole Simpson's head.

    How about “Where’s The Hate, Bitch?”

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  208. @SteveRogers42
    Much more where that came from. Wonder if his mural is still in effect at the Eiffel Tower?

    http://www.europeancivilwar.com/paris-hosts-eiffel-tower-mural-explicitly-celebrating-the-genocide-of-white-people/

    Picture the WN equivalent of this (spoiler alert: it’s not the same thing with races changing places, it’s pretty much any historical painting of a prairie family doing chores or praying). This exterminationist drivel is what I see whenever I hear the present campaign to eliminate free speech on the internet by hand-wringing “offensive content,” because Dennis Prager discussing the Bible is already classified by YouTube as offensive and Peterson’s paintings would never be in limited state.

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  209. @Hhsiii
    Dave, total respect to you and Steve for engaging on Twitter. Never stooping or talking trash. Funny and logical.

    Thanks, that’s nice to hear.

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  210. @anon
    I make fun of the mainstream press a lot, but imagine what it must be like to have to go through life pretending the Obama portrait is great just because it was crapped out by a black guy.

    That can't be any fun.

    ” That can’t be any fun”

    Well they go through life pretending that “Rap” garbage somehow can be categorized as “Music”, just because it is a concoction of talent-free black cretins.

    Charlie Parker, musical genius non-plus-ultra, is rotating in his grave in light of the loss by the black community of their musical heritage.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” qualified since 1973, airborne trained US Army Vet, and pro jazz musician.

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  211. @Anonymous
    Michelle Obama is not very attractive, and Im not even saying that as a right wing extremist. Hillary, on an age adjusted basis is significantly better looking. Barack I feel could do much better, but then again his college girlfriends didn't seem too attractive either.

    but then again his college girlfriends didn’t seem too attractive either.

    He didn’t date supermodels. Few men do (and fewer men have a pleasant experience of such when all is said and done). He wasn’t well-focused, wasn’t notably handsome, and didn’t have great people skills one-on-one, so I don’t know why you’d have expected him to be squiring around anyone but ordinary girls.

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    Some guys are better at it than others...

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3519392/Gisele-Tom-Brady-wrap-Costa-Rica-family-vacation-affectionate-display-beach.html
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  213. @CCZ
    How does Official Obama Presidential Portrait Artist get his job after painting this:

    https://judith2you.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/judith-kehinde-wiley.jpg

    http://plantcurator.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/IMG_1470-1024x710.jpg

    I love Kanye West’s line from his song “Golddigga”…..”and then he goin to leave you ass for a white girl….”

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  214. @Buffalo Joe
    TD, shame, shame. This is a cut and paste from the NYT's comments.

    Funny, reading this I thought “this reads just like one of Socrates’ NYT comments.”

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  215. No comment:

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    This one is more disturbing:
    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=diana+of+ephesus&t=h_&iax=images&ia=images
    You have to think the Ephesians had a conversation about the sculptor once his product was displayed and one said, look, it was either him or that guy who's obsessed with Armenians.
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  216. @SteveRogers42
    Why does she have a Johnson growing out the top of her head?

    Evidently, she’s got dick on her mind.

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  217. @Reg Cæsar
    No comment:

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/tr/f/f8/Guishan_Guanyin_of_the_Thousand_Hands_and_Eyes.jpeg

    This one is more disturbing:

    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=diana+of+ephesus&t=h_&iax=images&ia=images

    You have to think the Ephesians had a conversation about the sculptor once his product was displayed and one said, look, it was either him or that guy who’s obsessed with Armenians.

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  218. @Meretricious
    the story is not the incompetence of the artists; rather, it's about why the liberal media continually lie about black incompetents. What are the gatekeepers protecting? I just don't get it

    If they didn’t “continually lie about black incompetents,” there would be no thug rap…no “hip-hop culture”….and no “first black president.” (For that matter, no “style icon” for Mooch, no “poet” for Maya Angelou….well, we could go on and on. Don Lemon. Toni Morrison. Jay-Z or Beyoncé. Kanye West. Etc.”

    Fortunately, we would still have Dr. Ben Carson, Col. Alan West, and Sheriff (no unnecessary comments, pls) David Clarke. Thankfully.

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  219. @IrradiatedInChicago
    It’s denial more than cluelessness. I’m pretty certain that most whites who come in contact with blacks on a frequent basis have an idea just how much they hate us. But American whites are terrified of admitting to this ugly reality. Alas, eventually there will be no choice. Thank you Trump for accelerating the arrival of that moment.

    Inner-city (for that matter, other locations, too) teachers have no doubt about it. I was rare in that I actually gave consequences for calling someone a “racist bitch.”

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  220. @Bill

    People make too many negative comments about Michelle Obama’s looks. She is really quite good-looking for a black woman.
     
    My first reaction was that this is BS. But, I think Michelle is probably at about the 80th percentile of black, female looks. Given that she brings other things to the table (hooked up in Chi politics) and that they were married before it became obvious that BO was The Lightbringer, I think you are simply correct. She is about what you would expect his wife to look like. Thanks.

    Makes me wonder how many have seen her old pic before the jaw implant, chin implant, cheek implants, nose, lip, and eye jobs, lipo, and wigs.

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  221. @SteveRogers42
    But wait! There's more!

    https://heartiste.wordpress.com/2018/02/13/did-kehinde-wiley-slip-a-sperm-into-obamas-portrait/

    Evidently this flamer likes to "seed" all his portraits with little future "homothugs".

    https://mrsawyersopus.wordpress.com/2010/10/22/sexuality-and-race-the-art-of-kehinde-wiley/

    Some day when you’re really bored, take a magnifying glass and study advertising photos and drawings. You’ll find all sorts of interesting items.

    The art director for my old company liked to insert Organ Joe, a little smiling penis, into many of his projects.

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  222. @Art Deco
    but then again his college girlfriends didn’t seem too attractive either.

    He didn't date supermodels. Few men do (and fewer men have a pleasant experience of such when all is said and done). He wasn't well-focused, wasn't notably handsome, and didn't have great people skills one-on-one, so I don't know why you'd have expected him to be squiring around anyone but ordinary girls.

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  223. @Jeff the Donleavy Fan
    I dunno. The whole painting is weirdly skewed. Obama is sitting with his legs spread way far apart. I don't think anybody actually sits like that unless he or she is on a subway and doesn't want somebody taking the next seat.

    The front and the back of the chair are wildly out of proportion. It looks like someone took a photo of a chair, scanned it in and then used photoshop to move the front left leg of the chair several inches to the left, in an attempt to extend the seat of the chair to the left so that Obama's left buttock would not be in mid-air. Obama's left leg still seems to be where the front of the left armrest should be.

    Maybe all this is intentional? At least the figure in the chair is recognizably Barack Obama. I can't recognize the portrait on the right as a portrait of Michelle Obama. There is so little facial detail that the figure could be a stand-in for a generic African-American woman. And the skin tone is so light that I am surprised no one has accused the artist of white-washing the former FLOTUS.

    Obama, as a child, was alienated to the USA (he grew up in Indonesia by way of Hawaii…paradise) but yet. he claimed to love the USA – he hated Occidental U in Cali; transferred to Columbia…but, he still was unhappy. I blame his parents and his useless, bullshit Bolshevik grandparents. At some point, women need to think: can I afford to have a baby? If you can’t have a baby – don’t have one. I fully hate the Clintons, the Obamas, Kennedys…-hate em’all – they probably consume fetuses and dead babies/drink their blood. – I’m not even Catholic!

    Check out the fingers- count em’! Haha – bad artist.

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