- Painter Michael D'Antuono To Unveil Controversial New
Work in NYC's Union Square on Obama's 100th Day in Office
- NEW YORK, April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael D'Antuono
may raise more questions than answers when he unveils his highly controversial
new painting, "The Truth" on the South Plaza of NYC's Union Square
on the 100th day of Barack Obama's presidency. The artist's politically-,
religiously- and socially-charged statement on our nation's current political
climate and deep partisan divide has been privately raising eyebrows (and
voices) since its creation.
- (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090424/NY04985)
- The 30" x 54" acrylic painting on canvas depicts
President Obama appearing much like Jesus Christ on the Cross; atop his
head, a crown of thorns. Behind him, the dark veil being lifted (or lowered)
on the Presidential Seal. But is he revealing or concealing and is he being
crucified or glorified?
- D'Antuono insists that this piece is a mirror; reflecting
the personal opinions and emotions of the viewer; that "The Truth"
like beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. D'Antuono expects that individual
interpretations will vary as widely as they do in the political arena.
The work will be seen by one viewer at a time behind a voting booth-inspired
- Until now, Mr. D'Antuono has chosen to paint purely non-political
subject matter, opting instead for iconic celebrity portraits and hard-luck
romantic narratives. However, now the artist feels the need to make a statement.
"Aided by the media, politics has taken a nasty turn in the last decade
and I firmly believe that this is one of the underlying causes of our nation's
current problems," says D'Antuono.
- "The Truth" will be on exhibit on Wednesday,
April 29, 2009 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the South Plaza of Union Square
Park at 14th Street in New York City.
- Noah G POP
- Executive Director
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- About Michael D'Antuono
- Michael D'Antuono studied in New York and Paris earning
a B.F.A. from the prestigious Parsons School of Design. He was an art director
for the advertising agency DMB&B creating award winning national campaigns
including one that ran for 20 years and a freelance illustrator working
for major ad agencies and national publications before deciding to bring
his skills to the world of fine art. His work has been shown in New York,
Las Vegas, Aspen and California.