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Hillary Clinton (almost B&W)
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Artist: Ri Dong Ou
Created On: 2008
Image Medium: oil on canvas
Image Dimensions: 130x133cm
Art work Description:
Andy Warhol did a series of pop culture paintings of Marilyn Monroe, and the series of pop culture paintings of Hillary Clinton by Ri Dong Ou reminded me of them. First, you must understand that Chinese are fascinated by blonds, in general, because blond hair is not in the gene pool, here. So, as a blond haired female, you can be popular whether you are beautiful by Western standards, as Marilyn was, or not. This painting is done in that almost-all-black-and-white-with-a-little-color style that was popularized in the new generation of computer formatted television commercials from the last several decades. Here, Hillary is caught with that more human smile that she has developed since to win public office (during the years of her husband's presidency, she still had that smug "Seven Sisters" smile: oh, the importance of image consultants, today). The color, in the painting, is the pink in her lips and tongue, and her dress is purple, which is used lightly, also, on her face, in a true pop art style; there is also a splash of yellow on the background beside her cheek. Ou made the paintings because he actually believed that Clinton would win the presidency: really shows how little China knows about the outside world. For me, it is China's answer to Warhol's Monroe, and who would have though that I would find such a thing in the Chinese artistic scene. The painting measures 130 cm by 133 cm, and it will be dismantled and rolled for shipping.

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