Stop Laughing at Bush's Awful Art
Artist Molly Crabapple argues that we shouldn't overlook Bush's tragedies
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 14, 2014 12:22 PM CDT
Former President George W. Bush tours his new exhibit, "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy" at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, April 1, 2014.    (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Mona Reeder)

(Newser) – The media loves George W. Bush's paintings. "They're ideal clickbait-kitsch," and "the benign cherry on his lifetime sundae of fail," observes artist Molly Crabapple at Politico. And she admits that they're fascinating, though not as works of art. "Bush paints like a freshman art student attempting alla prima, which means doing a whole painting in one sitting," and "comes off terribly when done by newbies," she notes. But no matter how terrible the paintings are, she doesn't think they're funny—because she remembers what Bush has done.

Crabapple recently met James Yee, a former chaplain to Guantanamo detainees who, when he complained about their treatment, was arrested and thrown into solitary confinement himself for 76 days, subjected to shackles and sensory deprivation, before being released without charge. He now creates remarkable artwork about his ordeal, drawn on paper made from pulped combat uniforms. "The two men, perpetrator and victim of the War on Terror, make their pictures. At his multimillion-dollar ranch, Bush playacts the dream of being an artist," while Yee must live in the real world "that Bush and his friends built." Click for her full column.

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Apr 15, 2014 8:47 PM CDT
the only laughing i will be doing is on NOV 4, 2014 & NOV 8, 2016 cause that's when the DUMOCRATS LOSE & the REP WIN BIG &.... 1-GROW the economy & create good-paying AMERICAN jobs!! 2-GET to repeal OBAMACARE & replace it with reforms that truly LOWER COSTS!!! 3-BALANCE the budget IN 10 YEARS,reduce debt & ease TAXES in the middle-class!! 4-PROTECT social security & medicare for current & future retirees!!! 5-STRENGTHEN the military, honor our vets & restore RESPECT FOR AMERICA!!! 6-FIGHT for our individual freedoms & defend the CONSTITUTION!! 7-Then in Nov. 08, 2016 Gov. Christie will be prez!!!! and everything will be AOK in the USA on Jan 20, 2017!! THERE YA GO!!
Apr 15, 2014 8:17 PM CDT
Molly Crabapple's so called art looks like the comedy cartoons on Monty Python's flying Circus so any bashing from her lacks any credit at all. The guy found a hobby he likes, big deal!
Chuck Roast
Apr 15, 2014 12:35 PM CDT
People may not be laughing at his art but rather his behavior. I feel uneasy about supporting him in the past.....