A collection of artists upset with Ivanka Trump are demanding she take their work off the walls of her New York City apartment.
The group has decided to protest President-elect Donald Trump by targeting his daughter in a “Dear Ivanka” campaign, Bloomberg reported.
Trump in front of a work by artist Dan Colen.
“Dear Ivanka, we need to talk about your dad,” the Halt Action Group’s website reads. “Hate has no place in the White House. We refuse to ‘wait and see’. We look to you as the voice of reason.”
The group, which was founded by curator Alison Gingeras, art dealer Bill Powers, Jonathan Horowitz, and others in the art scene, staged a rally on November 28 outside of the Puck building in Manhattan where Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner live with their family.
Protesters filled out cards at the rally with their thoughts on the president-elect and messaged to his daughter.
With more than a dozen works of art on view in Trump’s apartment and posted on her Instagram account, some artists pushed back and even demanded she remove their art because they are “embarrassed to be seen with you.”
“I think there are a lot of artists that are uncomfortable now being incorporated, or leveraged, as part of the Ivanka Trump brand,” art dealer Bill Powers said, according to Bloomberg.
In a comment under a photo of Trump posing in front of a painting by Alex Da Corte, the artist wrote: “Dear @Ivankatrump please get my work off of your walls. I am embarrassed to be seen with you.”
While many artists were probably happy to sell their artwork to the 35 year-old businesswoman, her new political position has them scrambling to rethink.
“It’s a moment of reckoning,” Gingeras said. “Going forward, we need to think more carefully about how our work gets brought to the world, and who it’s sold to.”
But perhaps the position these Trump owned artists find themselves in is not as dire as they make it out to be.
“I don’t think it’s particularly unique, this divide between people that make art and the people that collect it,” Powers said. “I think there’s probably a lot more Republicans buying art than there are making it.”
In other words, you might want to rethink biting the hands that feed you.
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