Herb Williams at Obama Inauguration Exhibition – artmarketblog.com

Herb Williams at Obama Inauguration Exhibition – artmarketblog.com

obamaHerb Williams, the winner of the inaugural Next Star Artist competition run by the Art Market Blog, has been chosen to take part in the MANIFEST HOPE: DC gallery exhibition that is being held in Washington to celebrate Obama’s victory.  A range of awesome artworks  by some of America’s most talented visual artists will be on show at the MANIFEST HOPE: DC Gallery in Washington from the 17th to the 19th of January.  All the works being exhibited . You may remember the now iconic “Progress” image of Obama created by the world renowned graffiti and urban artist Shepard Fairey. As one of the partners of the exhibition, Shepard Fairey will be one of the artist’s whose work will be exhibited at the exhibition. According to the Manifest Hope: DC website “Art plays a pivotal role in creating cultural momentum. The MANIFEST HOPE: DC Gallery celebrates that role and shines a spotlight on artists who use their voices to amplify and motivate the grassroots movement that carried President-Elect Barack Obama to victory. MANIFEST HOPE: DC gathers together a diverse array of the nation’s most talented visual artists under one roof to mark this monumental achievement in our nation’s history and encourages artists and activists to maintain the momentum to bring about true change in the United States.”

More information on the exhibition can be found here:

MANIFEST HOPE: DC are also running an art competition which awards the winners a place in the exhibition. Members of the public are invited to submit a work of art that deals with either Health Care Reform, Workers’ Rights or The Green Economy. Five works from each category (fifteen in total) will be chosen to shown as part of the MANIFEST HOPE: DC Obama exhibition. Entries close on the 9th of January so you had better get creating if you want to enter. More info can be found here:

I would like to congratulate Herb Williams and all the other artists who have been chosen to be part of this fantastic exhibition. I hope that lots of people take the time to check out what promises to be an awesome display of artistic talent as well as a thought provoking and emotive experience.

The MANIFEST HOPE: DC Gallery will be open to the public in Washington, DC for the days preceding the Presidential Inauguration, Saturday, January 17th, 2009 through Monday, January 19th, 2009 between the hours of 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
January 17th-19th, 2009
10:00am – 6:00pm 3333 M Street NW, Washington DC 20007

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

3 Responses

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  2. I read your blog all the time and would love to hear your thoughts on two things
    1. How the downturn is changing the art banking world. Lending against, and also as a high level client service, UBS etc.
    2. Also how are people’s career’s within the art world changing. People who work as appraisers, dealers, consultants, working within the auction house. I know how my job as an appraiser is changing but would love to hear your thoughts.

  3. THIS IS AN OBAMA PORTRAIT TO BE SEEN – it will be on display at various locations during the Inaugural Week.

    “First Among Equals For The 44th Time”
    by artist WILLIAM DUNLAP

    Washingtonian magazine invited Mr. William Dunlap, Major American Artist, Author and Arts Commentator, to create a painting for their feature article, Visions of Obama in the January 2009 Special Inauguration Edition.

    “To create the portrait, William Dunlap worked from digital photographs in reverse channeling the techniques of old masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Velásquez, painted the face in mirror image – the way Rembrandt made his self-portrait (and the way Obama sees himself each morning) – imbuing the scene with “Renaissance light” and “Holbein green,” the rich color the painter Hans Holbein used in portraits of King Henry VIII, resulting in a museum quality modern portrait that is more painterly and less photographic.” *Copyright 2009 Washingtonian

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