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Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Walls They Are A-Changin'

I have been teaching Art Law for a number of years, so an article in the WSJ about White House art caught my eye. It seems that along with a changing of the guard comes a changing of the walls. There are also a number of law schools and firms with impressive (if not renowned) collections. As examples, the collections at Kutak Rock and Cleveland-Marshall come to mind. If you could choose any famous work of art in the world to hang in your office, what would it be?

 

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something by Jeff Wall

Posted by: keith t | May 28, 2009 3:55:22 PM

That Goya painting of Saturn eating his young.

Posted by: Jay Wexler | May 28, 2009 5:02:55 PM

Caravaggio's Martyrdom of St. Sebastian, as a warning to my enemies...

Posted by: Marc DeGirolami | May 28, 2009 6:19:15 PM

Actually, if you're a Supreme Court justice, you also can choose art from (I believe) the National Gallery for your chambers. Ten years or so ago, ArtNews had an article ("The Verdict," October 1999) on this (subscription only; abstract here: http://bit.ly/zoSUB ). The answer back then: Most of the justices picked relatively traditional, representation art -- portraits and the like. (I seem to recall Justice Thomas having a Remington cowboy statute in his office). The exception: Justice Ginsburg, who leaned more towards 20th-century abstract expressionism.

Posted by: C. Zorn | May 29, 2009 1:50:02 PM

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