You could own this golfing Richard M. Daley cutout | Bleader

You could own this golfing Richard M. Daley cutout


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You may know Ray Noland's work through his iconic Jogging Blagojevich paintings stenciled on walls all over town, or by his illustrations for a number of Reader stories, most recently the big one on racial disparities in marijuana-law enforcement in the city. If you were at the Pitchfork Music Festival this year, you may also know it from the ten stenciled cutouts of political figures (and Gil Scott-Heron) installed throughout the festival grounds. (He also created a cutout for the fest's Reader-sponsored Bike Village that's proved to be a bit more controversial.)

Noland has recently put one of those cutouts up for auction on eBay. It depicts a stone-faced, khakis-and-polo-clad Richard M. Daley at the end of a golf swing, with an actual driver in his hands. Is it the portrait of a tyrant in casual-Friday repose? A broken man looking for but never finding an escape from the life he's built for himself? Or is a golfing Richard M. Daley sometimes just a golfing Richard M. Daley?

Considering that the current high bid for the piece is a reasonable $52, it's not inconceivable for you to have these conversations with the actual piece of art in your living room. Noland notes that two of his cutouts disappeared from the fest, and may possibly also end up on eBay at some point—which opens the door to all kinds of cutout-based, politically oriented slash-fiction reenactments.

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