Hanging in the Obamas’ living quarters is Berkeley No. 52 (1955), an oil painting by 20th century American painter Richard Diebenkorn.
Alma Thomas was a prominent mid-century abstract painter and the first African-American woman to have a solo art exhibition at the Whitney Museum. Her painting from 1963, Watusi (Hard Edge) is on loan to the Obamas for their temporary collection.
I Think I’ll… (1983). Associated with the Pop art movement, multimedia artist Ed Ruscha was included alongside Lichtenstein and Warhol in the 1962 landmark exhibition at Pasadena Art Museum.
Homage to the Square: Midday (1954-57) by Josef Albers is one of two of the Bauhaus artist’s works loaned to the White House from the Hirshhorn collection.
One of the edgier pieces on loan to the Obamas is a 1992 work by Glenn Ligon, Black Like Me #2, a text-based painting greatly informed by the artist’s experience as an African-American gay man living in the United States.
Tell us; what art and artists would you like to see represented in the White House?