BENTONVILLE, Ark. – The post-presidency paintings of George W. Bush have found a permanent home at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, founder Alice Walton revealed today less than a week after the acquisition of a Frank Lloyd Wright House.
“We are pleased to announce the recent acquisition of 18 original paintings by the former president of the United States,” Walton said. “You won’t find a more American artist than our former president.”
The collection contains several acclaimed portraits of Bush family pets, including “Bootsie,” “Duke,” and “Carl, Jr.” The acquisition also features many of Bush’s renowned bathroom scenes, including “Self Reflection in Hard Water” and “My Ten Toes.”
Crystal Bridges chief curator Margie Barre had high praise for the former chief executive’s work.
“In a few short years, Mr. Bush has single-handedly redefined neo postmodern contemporary pseudo-realism with his spiritless images of domestic mundaneness,” Barre said. “He deserves to be hung among the Warhol’s and Rothko’s of the art world.”
The exhibit will be unveiled on July 4, two days prior to Mr. Bush’s 68th birthday.