Donald Trump was in town last week in two different ways: in person and on canvas. We all know New Yorkers were delighted to see Donald Trump on canvas rather than in person. While many protesters (unhappily) welcomed the commander in chief, across the bridge there were art enthusiasts viewing the art canvas that portrayed Donald Trump, happily. This past weekend Randalls Island hosted the Frieze Art Fair that touched on various political and social issues.
The Frieze Art Fair is an exhibition that combines the leading world contemporary and modern art pieces. Over 200 galleries were showcased at the Frieze Art Fair. Three of the artists that participated this art fair are Andres Serrano, Yan Pei-Ming, and Llyn Foulkes. They all have one thing in common which is illustrating how they really feel about Donald Trump.
Shanghai-born artist Yan Pei-Ming has spent two decades painting autocratic leaders. Now that we have Mr. Trump, he could be left out. Yan Pei-Ming illustrated the United States president with his classical visual expression we’ve been used to seeing, with his mouth open. This portrait was painted in a monochromatic color palette and applied an impasto technique that looks very expressionistic through its brushstrokes.
Andres Serrano Serrano’s portrait of Trump is cleaner and more expensive, with a price of $45,000. You can take this 2004 portrait that Andres Serrano photographed while this guy was a celebrity and TV star of The Apprentice.
Night Train is an illustration that is different from the previous two. It is not a large portrait of Trump. Instead, it’s a simple nighttime landscape with a lot to observe. If you look closely, you’ll notice mixed messages with images of a speeding train across a graveyard, business-suited mickey mouse, Trump pointing at a Goldman Sachs logo and lastly his haircut hanging from a stake. It’s interesting how this political issue is bringing the best out the creative world. Through these difficult times, we have to stand up together and make the best of it.
All images ©Frieze Art Fair