While artists often consider it an honor for their work to hang in the homes and offices of influential people — for instance the President’s daughter — things are totally different when it’s the Trump family you’re talking about.
The President-Elect’s daughter and businesswoman, Ivanka Trump, is known as an art lover with an enviable collection that includes many contemporary artists. Scroll through her Instagram account and you’ll spot quite a few pieces in the background as she poses. But now that her father has become the country’s most controversial figure, creative folks are wanting nothing to do with ’em.
“No one could have anticipated Trump’s policies and how horrible he’s turned out to be, and no one could have anticipated that his daughter and son-in-law would agree with him,” gallerist Brendan Dugan (who’s space has shown several pieces in Ivanka’s collection) told Bloomberg. “The real argument is that the art world is primarily a marketplace, and if you have money, people will sell you things. I think maybe this is a wake-up call.”
And not just for the artists, but Ivanka as well.
Artist Alex Da Corte‘s painting appeared in one of Ivanka’s pics while she showed off her Tony Awards look. He contacted her directly, saying, “@ivankatrump please get my work off of your walls. I am embarrassed to be seen with you.” Ouch. But fair.
Beyond that, Da Corte was a part of the Halt Action Group protests outside Ivanka’s Manhattan apartment, the same people who have created a “Dear Ivanka” campaign which is an attempt to reason with the influential 35-year-old.
Whether she’ll listen — or remove the art from her walls — remains to be seen. In the meantime, get that politically-themed work rolling, artists. These are the times when we need your voices the most!
(h/t Art F City; final quote by John Butler)