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Bey, Dawoud; PoKempner, Marc; Other Artists/Photographers & Obama, Barack (Subject). ARTISTS FOR OBAMA: THE EXHIBITION/AUCTION CATALOG. Chicago, IL: Stephen Daiter Gallery, 2012. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 37 pages. Fine.

Rare Barack Obama and art/photography collectible item. Exhibition/Auction Catalog. The first and only edition. Published in a tiny print run as a softcover original only. There is no ISBN. The Catalog is now rare. Published on the occasion of the fund-raiser exhibition held at the Stephen Daiter Gallery in July, 2012. Presents "Artists For Obama: Exhibition Sale And Auction To Support The Re-Election of President Barack Obama". Thirty-six art and photographic works are shown in the catalog out of almost 100 pieces that were donated by artists, photographers, Chicago galleries, dealers, and collectors to raise funds for President Obama's re-election campaign versus Mitt Romney. All of the proceeds were given to President Obama's campaign. Aside from donating works, Stephen Daiter Gallery and other (passionate) volunteers donated their space, time, and effort so no one was paid (as the people who work for political campaigns or charitable causes/foundations are). Artists often make political statements. But with few exceptions, they seldom take an explicitly partisan stand. This was one such partisan issue that united numerous artists, whose donation of their work amounted to making a statement and taking a stand. The artists are a Who's Who of contemporary art and photography, too numerous to mention here. They include foreign artists with deep ties to America such as Yasuhiro Ishimoto, among many others. Two examples: The cover shows a formal portrait of President Obama by Dawoud Bey. And there is a vintage black-and-white photograph by Marc PoKempner that deserves to be better-known: "Alley Ball, 1995", which shows a very young (and completely unknown) Obama playing basketball with a group of kids during his first campaign, as a candidate for the Illinois Legislature, more than ten years before he rose to national prominence and eventually, the Presidency. An absolute "must-have" collectible, not just memorabilia, item for Barack Obama, Dawoud Bey, Marc PoKempner, and art/photography collectors. This title is a collectible item. As far as we know, this is the only copy available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright. A rare copy thus. 36 black-and-white and color plates. Some of the greatest artists and photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO DAWOUD BEY AND MARC POKEMPNER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $30.00

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