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Interview With Marc Maron on Air America

April 29th, 2009

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Marc interviews New York artist Michael D’Antuono who unveils his controversial Obama painting on the show.

[This is a localized version of the article originally published at BlipTV.com]

Los Angeles Times – Artists cancels showing of unconventional Obama portrait

April 28th, 2009

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[This is a localized version of the article originally published at L.A.Times.com]

A New York artist has canceled the public showing of his portrait of President Obama after receiving a barrage of angry e-mails condemning the religious nature of the work.

The Truth

“The Truth,” a painting by Michael D’Antuono, was scheduled to go on view Wednesday in Union Square in Manhattan to mark the president’s first 100 days in office.

The work depicts Obama in a crucifix pose and wearing a crown of thorns, with the presidential seal in the background.

The artist said that he intended to display the acrylic painting in a mock voting booth, with viewers lining up to see it one by one. The booth would have been located on the south side of Union Square, near the Whole Foods grocery store.

“It was supposed to provoke political dialogue,” the artist told Culture Monster on Monday. “I wanted to start a discussion. Is Obama being crucified by the right? Do people think he’s the next savior?”

D’Antuono said he has received more than 1,000 e-mails, the vast majority of which criticize the use of Christian symbolism in the painting.

“I canceled the showing out of respect for religion. It was not meant to offend so many people,” he said. “I don’t think it would be helpful to the cause of unity to show it.”

— David Ng

Photo: Image of “The Truth,” a painting by Michael D’Antuono. Courtesy of the artist.

National Review – You Can’t Handle ‘The Truth’

April 27th, 2009

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You Can’t Handle ‘The Truth’

By Mark Hemingway

April 27, 2009

[This is a localized version of the article originally published at NationalReview.com]

Late last night, Kathryn drew attention to this Obama painting entitled “The Truth,” by Michael D’Antuono, set to be revealed at an installation in New York’s Union Square Wednesday — Obama’s 100th day in office:

the truth

I just got off the phone with D’Antuono, and he had some surprising news: he’s decided that he’s not going to unveil the painting after all. (Though he didn’t rule out a possible gallery showing later.) While being provocative is often the goal for a lot of artists, I asked D’Antuono if the strong reaction and news coverage of the painting was what he was hoping for, he quickly said “No, not really.” Here’s how he explained his decision not to show the painting: (more…)