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Pink and Naked as a Pig, Donald Trump (Sculpture) Delights and Terrifies New Yorkers

by Michael Anthony Farley and Corinna Kirsch on August 18, 2016
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Thursday morning, the Internet began flooding with reports of a UFO sighting in Union Square. Onlookers gawked at this UFO (unidentified fat object), with its furious brow, bulbous translucent flesh, and teeny-tiny weenie. They took plenty of pictures and shared them online because, why, the sculpture looked a lot like a naked Donald Trump. Because that’s what the UFO sculpture depicts: a naked Donald Trump.

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The Real Estate Blues Again: ”If you can’t afford to live here, mo-o-ve!!” at Mitchell-Innes & Nash

by Emily Colucci on June 29, 2016
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One of the first works you see in Martha Rosler’s exhibition If you can’t afford to live here, mo-o-ve!! is a dark and ominous portrait of Donald Trump. Leaning against a wall, the Trump tableau sits behind three glass bottles filled with urine. Is the piece a biting comment on Trump’s pissant Republican presidential campaign? Is it a playful but terrifying foreshadowing of his future official White House portrait?

Andrew Castrucci’s Untitled (Donald Trump) is neither. A quick glance at a nearby wall label confirms Castrucci’s Trump was painted in 1986. Created well before Trump’s presidential ambitions, Castrucci’s work instead critiques Trump as a reckless developer gobbling up large swaths of New York and Atlantic City real estate. As relevant then as it is now, Untitled (Donald Trump) reveals the uncanny confusion between the past and present that runs rampant throughout Rosler’s overstuffed exhibition at Mitchell-Innes & Nash.

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How to Make a Budget for a 20-Foot Butter Sculpture of Donald Trump’s Face

by Eleanor Whitney on June 22, 2016
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For many artists, budgets are terrifying. The reasons for this differ—some of us never did well in math class, others of us don’t know how to use excel, others still worry that making a bad budget will reveal them to be unfit to do pretty much anything.

The fact is, none of that is true. It’s possible to put together a complete budget with little pain or anxiety. To demonstrate, though, how I chose an inspiration that is likely to terrify us all: Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump’s face carved in 20 feet of butter. The thought being, that you if you can live with the idea of of a larger than life sculpture of Donald Trump, you can definitely tell that story via a budget. So, let’s roll our sleeves up and get down to planning the nitty gritty of this thing—scope, expenses and income.

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We Went to Philly Part 1: Vox Populi

by Michael Anthony Farley Whitney Kimball on June 21, 2016
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Michael: I like this collection of small shows because it’s like a survey of what’s hot on the NADA circuit without being as polished or obnoxiously-soul-less as an art fair. (How sad is it that art fairs now feel like the default art-viewing point of reference?) Houseplants! Oversized clothes! Cartoonish vaginas! These are all trends we’ve talked about before, and they’re all trends I’m 100% on board with.
Whitney: I think it’s safe to say by now that plants are no longer a trend; they are a medium (except for potted palms).

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