Naturalization ceremony at the Everson Museum of Art tonight. As the daughter of immigrants who became American citizens, I am proud to have welcomed the crowd & provided free museum memberships to all. #american#meltingpot#artunites
The #IncredibleArtist Bo Bartlett
People underestimate the power of their work and its ability to impact others.
After listening to Amy Sherald, @asherald Michelle Obama’s Portrait Painter’s #PodCast Interview on Design Matters with the Awesome Debbie Millman @debbiemillman I had to find the picture that changed the trajectory of her life and it’s artist.
She spoke about how seeing Bo Bartlett’s Painting ‘Object Permanence’ with it’s beautiful sky, people in it portraying every day American Life and especially seeing someone that looked like her at the Museum ignited her desire to be an artist as a child.
#BoBartlett work, which she only recently found out was actually him painting himself as a black man into a scenery with the rest of his family members. He is white.
I wonder if it he would he have been able to do this in our present racially charged climate? Would he have been caused an uproar like when white people apply a black face? Would he have been reviled and accused of racism?
Bo’s depiction of everyday American life is deceptively simple. It draws you into everyday mundane existence, while still capturing the essence of American life over time.
He had a setback after an extremely toxic review of his work ‘Gods’ in 1991 and considered abandoning painting. His reviewer when told the words used over 25 years later, said that the words were very mean. #BeKind
In trying to sound smart sometimes, we become overly critical of others works not realising the impact of our words and actions
Thank you Bo Bartlett for inspiring the next generation of painters of all #ethnicities including a little black girl who has now risen to the top of her profession. #ThisIsAmerica too.
All Images Belong To The Artist and were sourced from his website #SocialMedia and @artsy
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The world needs more love and respect. There is so much hate, world leaders causing distraction, confusion and pain. Terror attacks, shootings, people killing their own. Animals tortured, hunted for sport. Natural disasters taking more. It won’t end if we continue to spread hate, it won’t end if we continue to disrespect each other while spreading the words of the Bible.
Don’t pretend to be a saint, preaching world peace and equality when the second you disagree with someone’s opinion you become a monster. Your lack of love, understanding and the lack of compassion and your ignorance is more dangerous than you think.
Free speech means anyone can say anything and not only what you think is right, not only what you agree with, or want to hear is correct. One can disagree but when someone feels hate in their heart towards an individual they have previously liked, loved or looked up to it is extremely sad. You can’t make the world a better place with hate, you can only make it a better place with love and compassion. World leaders might try to divide us but it is our decision to be divided or to be united. 🕊❤️ Let’s spread love and light 🙏