Detail: Peaches & Butterfly by Adriaen Coorte 1693–1695

I’ve long had a fantasy of being President, not for the office, but to define the art that is hung in the White House. This is not a comprehensive list. I would commit an act of sacrilege by including European artists and I would make no apologies. For instance, I would definitely hang Francis Bacon’s, “Figure with Meat” from the Chicago’s Art Institute front and center, perhaps opposite a Rothko dark plum painting. Speaking of plums, I would include a Chardin. I once saw a plummy Ellsworth Kelly triangular painting too. A long gentle curve with impossibly sharp angles. A…


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