The 25 Biggest Art Moments of 2012 

10. Obama's Campaign Secretary Brilliantly Name-Drops Salvador Dalí

Date: August 30, 2012

When actor and director Clint Eastwood gave a speech at the Republican National Convention, spending the majority of his time berating an invisible Barack Obama in an empty chair, no one knew it would become a moment in art history. In fact, even when Los Angeles Times art critic, Christopher Knight, called Clint Eastwood "the new Marina Abramović," people were still hesitant to call his actions performance art. It wasn't until Politico asked for a comment from Barack Obama's campaign secretary, Ben LaBolt, that people started to classify the ridiculous moment artistically. LaBolt simply said, "Referring all questions on this to Salvador Dalí." Genius.

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