4.11.08

abraham obama vinyl bust by ron english x mindstyle

ELECTION DAY NEWS FLASH!

MINDstyle is proud to announce this Election Day 2008 Ron English's Abraham Obama 16" vinyl bust sculpted by Vin Teng. The bust is based on the Ron English's Abraham Obama poster that is a Pop-inspired bit of street art [CLICK THRU to peep - including the geneis of the project]. The white MINDstyle's member's only version is sold out. The edition size of each color way is limited to only 50 pieces worldwide.
ABRAHAM-OBAMA

The gloss black version will be released later this month at Toy Tokyo. A green exclusive will follow with Fresh Manila. Other colors versions based on the street art installation will be made available through select retailers globally because of the tremendous interest in the pop art collectible. The suggested retail price is USD $200 per.

Here's your chance to get a piece of pop art history! Make sure to make your vote count.

MINDstyle says: What started as a series of large posters, pasted on the construction siding of a building in Boston's South End, along the Thayer Street alleyway and facing the galleries at 450 Harrison quickly made world news. The piece was commissioned by William Kerr of Gallery XIV, in conjunction with the exhibition "a politic". Kerr and English obtained permission to hang the piece on the wall. [All about Abraham Obama on artslant.com]


Even as the image raises some interesting topics for discussion, English's image turned out to be hardly controversial. Perhaps Matthew Nash of Big, Red & Shinny wrote best, "Ultimately, Abraham Obama is an interesting image. Ron English has co-opted the look of Pop Art and the methods of street art to support a presidential candidate and start conversations. While the imagery and message are overtly simple, the piece does question the boundaries between propaganda and art, and the nature of perceived greatness of our present political class versus the canonized legacy of the past.

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