Art Memes Mocking President Donald Trump Go Viral
The Daily Trumpet and #TrumpArtworks blow up on Twitter and Instagram.
In the wake of this weekend’s Women’s March on Washington, and the sister events held around the world, opposition to President Donald Trump has attained global visibility. Meanwhile, too, the public is also taking to social media to make fun of the president and his unpopular agenda through works of art.
The #TrumpArtworks hashtag, popularized by British humor site the Poke, is based on the principle that “if famous works of art included Donald Trump they would be much better and far more beautiful—or at the very least more orange.”
Twitter users have risen to the challenge, photoshopping Trump into masterpieces from art history that mock everything from the president’s insecurity about the size of his hands to his insistence, in spite of evidence to the contrary, that his January inauguration attracted record crowds.
Meanwhile, artist Jonathan Horowitz has launched a more long-term anti-Trump social media project on Instagram. Called the Daily Trumpet, the account promises to post one work of protest art by a different artist for each remaining day of the Trump presidency.
“After the election, like so many of my artist friends, I felt an urgent need to do something,” wrote Horowitz of the inspiration for the project in an email to artnet News. “Social media played such an enormous role in the election and its outcome—it was a real wake-up call for me. I almost felt that it was my civic responsibility to participate in it.”
Horowitz believes that art can be a powerful force in affecting political and social change, and he is hopeful that the Daily Trumpet will catch on. “Everyone should get involved who cares about our country and the people who live in it,” he wrote. “Images have the potential to inspire and motivate, so artists have an important role to play.”
Horowitz kicked things off with a roll of toilet paper emblazoned with the reality star-turned politician’s face, titled Ready for the Shit Show?, by Rob Pruitt. Other early posts have featured work by Marcel Dzama and outspoken feminist and anti-Trump activist Marilyn Minter.
“I’ve gotten a really tremendous, encouraging response,” said Horowitz. “A lot of really amazing artists have agreed to participate. I’m going to keep the names a surprise, but I can promise that a lot of extraordinary images will be coming soon.”
Trump has been in office for less than a week, but his administration has already reinstated the global gag rule defunding international organizations that discuss abortion with women, attempted to remove the Environmental Protection Agency’s webpage about climate change, acted to block Middle Eastern refugees from entering the country, and, of course, initiated the construction of his much-vaunted Mexican border wall.
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