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Art gallery set to open Trump-based exhibit ‘no other museum’ will show

A fine arts center in the nation’s capital is poised to display President Trump–related art that it says “no other museum or gallery in the country will show.”

The Center for Contemporary Political Art in downtown Washington will open its doors Sunday to its first open-call exhibit, “Defining the Art of Change in the Age of Trump.”

{mosads}The exhibition at Mather Studios on G Street will include more than 100 pieces of political art by 99 American artists.

The works of art include an oil on canvas called “Being Jare (w/ apologies to Chauncey Gardiner)” by artist Gary Aagaard, which shows Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, holding bloody hedge shears in a spoof on the 1979
Peter Sellers film “Being There.”

Another piece, “Freedom of Speech,” is artist George Kennedy’s take on what he has said is “what it might look like if Normal Rockwell were around to update his series,” showing a Trump supporter giving the finger to a black man as the president sits with a grin.

Other galleries don’t want to feature some of the pieces in the exhibit because “they don’t want to show politically or socially controversial art that may offend the donors and wealthy collectors they depend on,” Charles Krause, the Center for Contemporary Political Art’s founder, said in a statement.

Also, the last thing other institutions want to do, according to Krause, is “get into a pissing match with a president, especially this one.”

“That’s not something we’re worried about,” he said. “We’re worried about the future of our country, and so are the artists whose political art we’ll show.”

The aim, according to the center, is to “help Americans understand what’s at stake — and why it’s their duty to vote — in the November 2018 midterm elections” by showing artwork that will both “enrage” and “engage.”

“We want to show art that addresses the most contentious and controversial issues facing our country today in real time,” the head of the nonprofit said, “giving American artists an opportunity to express their views and the American people the benefit of seeing
the art that expresses their views.”

The exhibit will be open through Nov. 14.

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