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April 9: a Trump portait


This blog largely concerns itself with good art, because that is where the most interesting ideas are found. But bad art, while not uplifting, can still be full of information. Here we have an example. The portrait (of Donald Trump, in case you didn’t recognize him) is feeble and kitchy, and the massive gold frame is vulgar–very much in keeping with the subject as he is portrayed: cocky and superior.

Of course, portraits can be off, but he must be pleased with this one if he hangs it in a public place. Which brings us to Maya Angelou, who put it very well: “When someone shows you who they are, believe them.”

Trump portrait at Mar-a-Lago [New York Times]
Trump portrait at Mar-a-Lago [New York Times]