Illma Gore’s Censored Portrait of Naked Donald Trump Heads to London Gallery
The work has been censored in the US.
Fans of Illma Gore’s portrait of a naked Donald Trump have reason to celebrate: The provocative work, which has made waves in the US, will meet a new audience across the Atlantic. On April 11, Maddox Gallery in London’s Mayfair district will be holding an exhibition for the controversial artwork.
Though the artist was subject to multiple suspensions by Facebook, social media censorship has been the least of Gore’s concerns. According to the Daily Mail, Gore has received multiple threats since the image first surfaced in February.
“I cannot exhibit it in the USA due to censorship and also threats from Trump supporters to harm both myself and the artwork,” Gore said in a statement from the gallery, which has previously exhibited works by Retna and Banksy.
Naturally, the piece has garnered polarized reactions—which is to be expected from an image that’s been shared thousands of times, resulting in the suspension of Facebook users who have shared the image online. The artist’s celebrity supporters have been vocal about their appreciation, which include actress Evan Rachel Wood and singer and actress Cher.
The presidential candidate has appeared in a number of artworks as well as craft projects. Last summer, Mexican artist Dalton Javier Avaloz Ramirez crafted a Donald Trump piñata in reaction to the nominee’s anti-immigration announcement. In October, Ohio-based artist Rachel Harrison carved a Donald ‘Trumpkin’ for Halloween. Then there’s the Donald Trump butt plug, the Donald Trump poop mural, and the Donald Trump tombstone. Phillip Kremer’s grotesque portrait of the politician prompted the suspension of his Instagram account.
“Some may be offended but others will see the humour in Gore’s work,” gallery director James Nicholls said in a statement.
“Banned Nude Donald Trump” will be on view at Maddox Gallery in London from April 8-11.
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