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Recent Art Additions to the Bush Center

June 20, 2013 by George W. Bush Presidential Center

The Bush Center welcomed the arrival of a remarkable piece of art to its walls this week. The painting, by artist Joseph Glasco, was installed in the cross hall of the first floor of the Bush Institute. Completed in 1990, the untitled work is an acrylic and collage on canvas that measures 82 x 77 inches. Its abstract composition and cubist style, a strong example of the artist’s later work, fills the hall with vibrant colors. Prior to its arrival at the Bush Center, the art was featured in the Talley Dunn Gallery of Dallas in 2012 in an exhibit called “Joseph Glasco: Paintings from the Estate.”

Mrs. Bush welcomed Joseph’s brother Michael Glasco, and wife Elizabeth, to today’s installation of the piece. It is on loan to the Bush Center for two years. Joseph Glasco’s artwork has been featured in exhibitions around the world, and the Bush Center is grateful to be the latest host for such an outstanding piece.

In the same cross hall, an intimate portrait of President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair hangs opposite of the Glasco piece. The 7 x 9 foot oil painting by renowned portraiture artist Mark Balma is titled “The Ties That Bind.” Commissioned by real estate developer Harlan Crow, the painting shows the two leaders in the Oval Office and represents coming together in the wake of 9/11 and the American-British alliance that helped the world move forward after the tragic events.

Mark Balma has also painted portraits of President George H.W. Bush, President Ronald Reagan and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. This special piece at the Bush Center was unveiled during Dedication.


George W. Bush Presidential Center



As the 13th presidential library, the Bush Library and Museum promotes an understanding of the American presidency, examines the specific time in history during which President Bush served, and provides access to official records and artifacts from the Bush Administration.



The Bush Institute is an action-oriented, nonpartisan policy organization that cultivates leaders, fosters policies to solve today’s most pressing challenges, and takes action to save and change lives. Our work is inspired by the principles that guide President and Mrs. Bush in public life.

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