Carolyn Erler (Texas Tech): The Obama Code: Ghosts and Monsters in the Visual Datasphere. From Commentary, Michael J. Lewis on the art of Obama worship. The lavishly illustrated Art for Obama is more than just another coffee table tome. White Canvas House: What’s revealing about Obama’s art selections for the White House has nothing to do with gender or race — it’s more abstract than that (and more on the Obamas' taste in art). Art theory on the news: Barack Obama rented all this new art to express his feelings about things. Why dictators love kitsch: Kim Jong Il-Clinton photo op spotlights a style that’s long glorified tyrants. From Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, a review of Realizing the Impossible: Art Against Authority (and a roundtable on defining anarchist art). When art was by and for the people: The modern left seems to think good art should exclude the masses — William Morris knew better. James Matthew Wilson on art and beauty against the politicized aesthetic (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4 and part 5 and part 6 and part 7). The comfort of ignorance: The Right continues its shameless crusade against the arts. Tamara Rojo, one of the world's greatest ballerinas, says we should treasure our lack of political interference in the arts. Davide Panagia’s The Political Life of Sensation asks whether there is an aesthetics in democracy. An article on the Berlin Wall and how today's art reflects 20 years of memories. The art of diplomacy: An excerpt from Master of Shadows: The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens by Mark Lamster. Gregory Sholette |inprint/01603/4324|reviews| Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era_ by Julia Bryan-Wilson. The art of politics: As the Federal Duck Stamp turns 75, what's coming out of the national government's only art contest?