Art Auction for Barack Obama –

Art Auction for Barack Obama –

A group of artists who wanted to provide some financial support for the Barack Obama presidential campaign have got together and organised an auction of donated artworks the proceeds of which will be donated to Obama campaign. According to the website for the auction ( “ART FOR OBAMA is an online auction of photographs to benefit the Obama Campaign. Fifty of the country’s most prominent artists and photographers have donated their work for this cause. All proceeds will be donated in strict accordance with the regulations of the Democratic National Committee and the Federal Election Commission.”

Artists such as Uta Barth, Tim Davis, Larry Fink, Todd Hido, Alex Soth, Larry Sultan, Richard Misrach, An-My Le and Nina Berman have all donated works to the auction which will begin on Friday OCTOBER 3 AT 5:00 PM EST! here:
Most of the works in the auction are photographic works which is great because it means high quality at affordable prices.

I think that this auction is a fantastic idea and a great way of supporting a worthy cause that could just net you a great bargain!!

Alec Soth
Advantage Inn, from the series Niagara, 8″x10″ C-Print on 11″x14″ paper
Photo taken 2005, Printed 2007
Artist’s Proof 1/5
Value: $1,200.00
Starting Bid: $700.00

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications

2 Responses

  1. The creative community should be supporting John McCain. Barack Obama has given direct support to Shepard Fairey, a visual artist who is a known international copyright violator. Obama has had direct contact with Shepard Fairey and has sent Shepard Fairey letters praising his activity and art even though dozens of art organizations are against artists like Shepard Fairey and others who support the Orphan Works bill. This connection needs to be exposed. Where does Obama stand on the rights of artists when he supports Shepard Fairey who has violated the work of Mederos and others?

    The media keeps trying to paint McCain as being a copyright violator by the songs his campaign has played, but McCain is not directly behind the choice in the songs and in every case so far the campaign bought the rights to use the songs and were nice enough to not use them upon finding out the thoughts of the artists behind them. Obama continues to use the service of Shepard Fairey even though artists have demanded him to stop and to be clear on his position with the Orphan Works bill. Obama has been silent. He won’t answer!

    How is it out of touch when dozens of art organizations have spoken out against artists like Shepard Fairey and the potential of the Orphan Works bill being passed. Seems to me that the Obama campaign is out of touch with the needs of the creative community and that certain people in the creative community are going along with it just because they can’t put their politics aside in order to honestly support the rights of artists.

    You want truth?

  2. To be honest, I am not really all that interested in the politics. This purpose of this post was purely to promote an art auction but having said that I am pleased to be able to support someone like Obama

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