In a normal world, artists would be thrilled to see their work displayed by a famous heiress. Of course, our world is no longer normal, and artists want to put as much distance between themselves and Ivanka Trump as possible.
‘Get My Work Off Your Walls’
Ivanka Trump is well-known for her art collection, as her many Instagram followers can attest. Her New York City apartment is the backdrop for many of her posts, and works by various artists adorn her walls.
And sometimes, she does somewhat curious things in front of her famous paintings for some Instagram love:
Now, a group of artists are working to disassociate themselves from Ivanka.
Halt Action Group (whose acronym is either an unfortunate oversight or a commentary on Ivanka), formed by several artists, is working to bring to light the many problems with her father’s administration. They worry about the branding that’s created by the association of Ivanka Trump and their art.
“The group has an Instagram feed in which they repost glossy stock images of Trump along with earnest appeals about what they foresee as the dire consequences of her father’s politics—topics addressed include global warming, universal health care, and contraception policy.”
HAG (I know, right?) reached out to many artists to see if they wanted to join, and some of the responses they received were less than friendly to Ivanka:
“Underneath a photo of Trump posing in front of a painting by Da Corte, the artist wrote: ‘Dear @Ivankatrump please get my work off of your walls. I am embarrassed to be seen with you.'”
For these artists, many of whose works sell for over $500,000 each, the free publicity they get from Ivanka Trump is simply not worth it.
Their manifesto can be read here:
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Dear Ivanka, Fans of the Trump brand are threatening the lives and safety of artists who've expressed concern regarding the inclusion of their work in your collection. It must be difficult to collect the living. We're so unwieldy, aren't we? But that's the game, right? The collecting game? Buying 'cool' from people deemed 'cool' by culture and exploiting all that cool stuff as set dressing in your instamercial for cheap things and fraudulent poses. Objects become cool because the people who make them are iconoclasts. They live loudly. They work hard. They resist and embrace all the right things while infecting imaginations with pleasure and joy. They will neither acknowledge nor be silenced by the mud your supporters so fluently traffic in. Cool, Dear Ivanka, is not passive. Cool is active, and when you exploit, for social capital, a cool that is not yours, you will surely hear from those to whom it belongs. When you stand beside a canvas, snap an image, filter it and sprinkle your post with a dusting of hashtags, you are standing beside, snapping, filtering, and dusting an intimate extension of a living, working person; one who's right there beside you, and is so, so cool. But what's even cooler is having the agency to call the power of capital into question, to ask where all that money came from, who it serves, who it oppresses. What's cooler is resisting a destructive ideology bent on isolating America, placing power in the hands of a corporate elite, and denying transparency to, or interrogation by the public. Cool is telling you that what your family represents is quite literally fascism. And cool, Dear Ivanka, is never quiet.
Featured Image via screenshot from Ivanka Trump’s Instagram