The Obama Paintings: using art to examine a presidential legacy

By Edward Helmore in New York

Rob Pruitt has created an ambitious project made up of almost 3,000 panels devoted to each day of Barack Obama’s administration

The valedictions for Barack Obama’s presidency are being prepared. Perhaps few will have the romanticism as the epic labor that New York artist Rob Pruitt has been preparing daily over the past eight years.

By the time Obama steps down on 21 January, there will be some 3,000 red and blue shaded panels, each one taken from a news photograph taken of the president on each day of his administration. As has been widely noted, it’s a deliberate, joyful show, each frame successful in its own right and, in its totality, shaded by pathos at the passing of the Obama political comet.

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