No, that isn't a picture of your humble scribe after a liberty call in Souda Bay - no, that is the "taste" in art that Hillary's friends love to show their friends. No, I am not kidding - and at least here you will know what they are talking about. Always, ahem, full disclosure at CDR Salamander.
Censorship! That's what some art lovers whispered during the Hillary Clinton fundraiser Nov. 5 at the Woodley Park home of Tony and Heather Podesta. The huge photograph of the nude man was missing from its usual spot on the living room wall, and some guests concluded that politically correct Clintonites had demanded that the naked guy disappear.Ahhhh, the Clintons and their friends. Oh, and don't dare say this is NSFW! This is ART! All the "right" people say so! Senator Clinton loves it! Don't be such a Republican rube! Neocon!
The Podestas are part of Washington's Democratic elite: He's a top lobbyist and brother of Clinton White House chief of staff John Podesta; she just launched her own lobbying firm. They're also nationally known collectors of contemporary art, and one of their favorite pieces is "Soliloquy VII," an eight-foot-tall color photo of a nude man lying on his back, by British artist Sam Taylor-Wood.
"It's an iconic photograph in political fundraising circles," Tony Podesta told us yesterday. The $250,000 picture made quite a backdrop at a fundraiser for Clinton's Senate campaign, where the official photographer spent the night with his back to the art to prevent her from appearing in a shot with the naked guy. "She teases me about it all the time," said Podesta.
Two weeks ago, 250 women were invited to a Clinton fundraiser hosted by the Podestas. The candidate was missing and so was the infamous artwork -- which led to whispers that the picture was deemed unsuitable for a presidential campaign. Nah, said Podesta, who told us the picture was taken down a year ago for "conservation reasons." All valuable photographs, he said, are rotated into storage to prevent fading.
"Soliloquy VII" will return in a year, he promised. "We are resting it for the presidential campaign but bringing it out for the inaugural ball."
In the end though, in my mind - I kind of see the Podesta house as being fitted with art like the house below.
Also, happy Turkey Day. I hope the photo at the top helps control your appetite. If not; visualize President Hilliary Clinton.