The Hole

Kurt Kauper, Barack and Michelle Obama, 2009

"I think it's important for Obama and his wife to have serious 'traditional' Presidential portraits of themselves: this will be the first time there is an African American Presidential portrait on a wall full of white guys, and Kurt Kauper is a very subtle conceptual and psychological figurative painter who captures in these portraits many interesting thematics surrounding this epic presidency, all in this sorta 'post-human' style that is very indicative of portraiture in 2013."