October 30, 2009
So, I told you that I got a little blurb in The Washington Post?
Well, I did!
Unfortunately it was in the middle of a pretty negative review.
Philip Kennicott wrote a review of the Art for Obama book that features two paintings by myself.
Kennicot trashes the book saying, “It is a catalogue of celebratory art, of smiles and hope and change, and somehow, it leaves you with a hollow, panicky feeling in the gut.”
But, along the way he highlights my painting, “Is He Black Enough?” as one of the images that positively stood out:
Even the occasional interesting image, such as Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s wry comment on race and the “black enough?” debate, suffers from juxtaposition with the hackwork, throwing off all the irony detectors.
I think that’s fairly great.
…given the context of the article.
Me standing next to “Is He Black Enough?” and “Kenyan-American” at the hanging of Manifest Hope:DC