Artists Are NOT Happy To See Their Work On Ivanka Trump's Walls, Here's How They're Responding

Artists Are NOT Happy To See Their Work On Ivanka Trump's Walls, Here's How They're Responding
@ivankatrump and @dear_ivanka on Instagram

You may know Ivanka Trump as the soon-to-be first daughter, but she's also an avid collector of fine art — and she can afford to splurge on pieces, which she frequently flaunts on Instagram, that most of us can only dream of owning. 

Yet as the 35-year-old businesswoman, socialite, and mother prepares to play an important (if not worrisome) role in her father's presidential administration, some of the artists whose work fills her home are demanding she take a stand against the President-elect's policies — or remove their pieces from her walls.

"I think there are a lot of artists that are uncomfortable now being incorporated, or leveraged, as part of the Ivanka Trump brand," art dealer Bill Powers told Bloomberg

Powers, along with a curator, an artist, and several others that are part of the anti-Donald Trump Halt Action Group, have launched a "Dear Ivanka" Instagram campaign that asks artists to demand Ivanka take a stand against her father's hateful, dangerous stances.

The effort seeks to have Ivanka "answer for some of the hypocrisy she embodies," said curator Alison Gingeras. (For the record, Ivanka didn't respond to Bloomberg's requests for comment.)

One abstract painter who's part of the campaign, a Philadelphia artist named Alex Da Corte, commented on a photo of Ivanka posing next to one of his paintings and demanded she remove the piece.

"Dear @Ivankatrump please get my work off of your walls," De Corte wrote. "I am embarrassed to be seen with you."

Alex Israel, another painter, wrote under a different photo showing Ivanka in front of his work: "Please stand with artists and so many people around the world who believe that America means equality for all people."

Gingeras called Ivanka's swift move from mogul to powerful politician a "moment of reckoning" for many artists — because the art world is no longer apolitical.

"Going forward, we need to think more carefully about how our work gets brought to the world, and who it’s sold to," she said.

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