Friedman got his Gates portrait absolutely right. It doesn’t need to be good art, because it isn’t functioning as art at all, any more than the picture on your driver’s license is.
The best in banal, to think that this was commissioned by an national institution in the US, it certainly makes one wonder what public image they are portraying the rest of the world. Though why the Gateses have to be portrayed as factual when they have as a couple been responsible for so much creativity; what a contrast to portraits of our, British, figures of importance.
Portraiture represents its subject...
¡ǝnɹʇ ǝɯoɔ ɯɐǝɹp s,ɹǝʞoɹq ǝɔuɐɹnsuı uɐJust when I thought it could not get any better this reminder of my days of worn shoe leather pounding up to Trade Indemnity on Great Eastern Street was posted by a friend. As trainee insurance brokers we quickly learned how to read the underwriters notes upside down. A skill that will have been made redundant with the changed technology of today; still this should bring back happy memories for some.