Group exhibition in New York features over 200 artworks that cover both the president and the various issues that have arisen during his time in office
From a burning White House to running refugees, there has been so much political art since Donald Trump came into power, satire is no longer at the sidelines. It is center stage.
Some of the most politically charged illustrations and cartoons of the past two years will be on view as part of Art as Witness: Political Graphics 2016-18, a group exhibition featuring more than 200 political artworks from 53 artists on view at the SVA Chelsea Gallery at the School of Visual Arts in New York opening 6 October.
With fake news and all else, it seemed like a really good time to speak up about this signal moment in American history where the whole Trump phenomenon took over, said Francis Di Tommaso, the galleries director at SVA.
From illustrations to cartoons, well-known artists like Art Spiegelman and Milton Glaser will show artworks that range from caricatures of the orange-faced president to gun control, the #MeToo movement and #BlackLivesMatter.
The thrust of the show is the finest work by people who are moving and shaking in political illustration, said co-curator Steve Brodner. Graphic design and illustration has not weakened at all despite great changes in media, the art is going through a golden age.
Among the artworks, there are New Yorker covers by illustrator Barry Blitt, whose June cover shows refugee children hiding behind the legs of Lady Liberty, a comment on the Trump administrations family separation policy. There are also portraits of Trump in a swamp by John Cuneo, another New Yorker cover, and a drawing by Spiegelman showing a scared-looking man holding up a sign that reads Resist.
This is a constitutional crisis were in the middle of, and ultimately there are severe violations that have taken place in law, constitutional democracy, said Brodner. Were going to have to suss this all out, and this show is one way we start to do that.