Richard Serra, Carrie Mae Weems, Ed Ruscha, and Other Art Stars Designed Anti-Trump Poster Art for the 2020 US Elections

ArtnetNews, July 21, 2020

 

Design by Deborah Kass.

 

More than a dozen contemporary art stars are taking part in an ambitious new public art campaign that encourages Americans to vote against Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

Carrie Mae Weems, Shepard Fairey, Richard Serra, and Ed Ruscha are among the artists who have contributed designs to “ENOUGH of Trump,” an initiative organized by advocacy group People For the American Way. The non-profit will disseminate these artist’s images in public places and across social media ahead of November. 

“Donald Trump, his administration, and his Republican enablers have jeopardized our country, our people, and our democratic values,” the campaign’s mission statement reads. “People For the American Way is collaborating with prominent artists to galvanize voters to action around one central theme: We’ve had enough of Trump’s racism, lies, and corruption. We’ve had ENOUGH OF TRUMP.”

 

 

“I will do anything to remove this malignant moron,” says artist Deborah Kass, who contributed a graphic, yellow and pink design emblazoned with the words “Enough Already.” Explaining her design, she said, “Art for a political campaign needs to be concise, direct, and pack a wallop visually and politically,” she adds.

In 2016, Kass created an official silkscreen print for the Hillary Clinton campaign that riffed on Warhol’s infamous 1972 “Vote McGovern” print. 

Images of each artist’s design, pre-formatted for Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, are available for free download through the ENOUGH of Trump website. The campaign is also inviting artists to submit their own contributions, which can come in the form of a painting, poem, song, or just about anything else. 

 

 

Signed limited- edition prints of designs by Ruscha and Serra are each available for $2,000, with the proceeds going back to People For the American Way.

 

“Art has the power to connect with people’s hearts as well as their minds,” Norman Lear, the television writer and producer who founded People For the American Way in 1981, said in an interview with the New York Times. “This campaign will get people thinking and talking and feeling in their guts how much they’ve had enough of this president. And we’ll remind them that the only remedy for that is to vote.”

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