Vladimir Putin And other Takes on W’s Art at Centraltrak

George W Bush Art CentralTrak

If you were looking to take in paintings of Vladimir Putin and Vaclav Havel, there were two openings for you to choose from last night. The first was at the George W Bush Presidential Library on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy was shadowed by an opening at Centraltrak Gallery, The University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency, where The Paintings of George W Bush was being shown. The artwork may not make as much a difference, its more about whether you’d rather be in the company of bohemians or conservatives with homes filled by Edouard Cortes paintings pretending to like W’s art.

Putin at CentraltrakIt wasn’t just images of world leaders on display at the Deep Ellum gallery, however. Jay Leno, Barney and Socks were also on display, but the one of Putin was the one with a red “sold” dot next to it.

Artist and curator Morehshin Allahyari explained that several artists completed the paintings in a couple of hours. Of course they had images of the president’s own work and not the eight years of experience with world leaders to work with.

The works were close enough representations of the presidents own paintings, with some being a little sketchy even for the former president.

A George W. Bush impersonator greeted guests and his secret service agent kept a keen eye on the pseudo president.

Was there any chance the real George W would make an appearance? “I tagged him on Facebook,” Allahyari said. “We’d love for him to come.”

Allahyari organized the exhibit with Julie McKendrick, created through a collaboration with “Children of Artemis – Sketch Cult” – a regularly assembled group of Dallas-based artists at Centraltrak who make art in a communal setting.

Last night was a big night for openings in Dallas, with attendance as high as we’ve seen it in some time. Centraltrak may have beat them all.

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In addition to my work at Stripe Specialty Media and American Vintage Market with Danielle Colby of American Pickers on History, I am also involved with Calendar of Antiques and Urban Art and Antiques. My work has allowed me to speak on the phone with notable architects, filmmakers and politicians including Steven Holl, Julian Schnabel and North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones. I have a Graduate Certificate in Public Relations from NYU, a Masters in Urban Studies from the University of Akron and am author of a chapter on Ayn Rand’s life in New York in the book Literary Trips: Following in the Footsteps of Fame. I love the visual arts, music of all kinds, cities and urban living, bicycle riding, cats and vegetarian cooking. I am happy to have lived in both New York and San Francisco and to now reside in Dallas.

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