Culture

Gagosian Gallery Isn’t Showing George W. Bush’s Art, But Why Not?

Culture

Gagosian Gallery Isn’t Showing George W. Bush’s Art, But Why Not?

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Unfortunately, the above image is a Photoshop fake: Contrary to a somewhat popular and shoddily sourced belief, George W. Bush’s recently revealed cache of amazingly detailed dog portraits will not be showing at Gagosian Gallery, as much as we’d like to imagine NYC’s art world movers and shakers trying to deduce their market value. What a mess of conflicting impulses that would be, torn between appreciating the camp factor of a former president choosing such benign drawing subjects and choking down the revulsion at Bush finding the inner harmony to enable such realistic, affable depictions of his favorite canines. There’d be an immediate zeteigeist-y buzz to the exhibit, were it to happen—Behold, the extant hegemon and his milquetoast sensibility! Marvel at the lack of conscience following all those false wars and stuff!—and Larry Gagosian might recapture some of his diminishing supremacy, though his stable of celebrity artists might take offense at being grouped alongside such a controversial figure. Do politics still outweigh commerce in the art world? Maybe it would be seen as a chic thing to be associated with a Republican head of state. Probably just gross, though.