Much comment has been made about the appropriateness of gifts between state leaders. Poor president Obama’s department got it so wrong with the lovely Mr Brown, that the sequel was being scrutinised with much interest. And low, it was modern art that won out.
I’m quite pleased about that. There’s always the risk that someone will play it safe with an older, classic piece by a more established name and then the ‘gift with value’ card will have been seen to be played. (a bit like Mr Brown’s very politically correct Victorian timbers from an anti-slavery ship, pen holder). But dealing the modern art card is definitely more peppy, risky and shows a good deal of faith in the value of modern artists. Obama gave Cameron a signed colour lithograph by American artist Ed Ruscha, one of leaders of the Pop art movement. Continue reading Pop Art – a Presidential Gift