As artists urge Ivanka Trump to act as the voice of reason in the administration of her father, newly-elected President Donald Trump, it’s worth noting that the young business woman is an enthusiastic art collector.
The subject of the “Dear Ivanka” protest movement is an avid social media user, and shots of the apartment she shares with husband, Jared Kushner, have recently emerged on Instagram and elsewhere. These images reveal a home filled with contemporary art: she counts Cy Twombly, Wade Guyton, and Joe Bradley among her favorite artists, and she told Artsy that her rules for collecting are that “we don’t buy art that we don’t love and we only buy something if we BOTH love it and want to live with it.”
That all remains to be seen, but now is as good a time as any to revisit what we already know about what’s in Ivanka Trump’s collection.
According to Bloomberg, Trump bought a piece by Louis Eisner, of the Still House Group, from Bill Powers in 2013. Eisner’s exhibition “Leviathan” inaugurated the uptown location for Power’s Half Gallery in New York, and it featured, among other works, a large-scale hanging mobile with cartoon drawings from pop culture.
Los Angeles artist Alex Israel is none-too-pleased that Trump hangs one of his gradient-based works above her dining room table. “Please get my work off of your walls,” he implored the soon-to-be First Daughter on Instagram. “I am embarrassed to be seen with you.”
Also featured on the Trump Instagram is what appears to be one of David Ostrowski’s “Relax/Outline Paintings,” which the artist showed in 2013 at Berlin’s Peres Projects—it seems that the year might have seen a bit of a Trump/Kushner art buying spree.
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner
Apparently the couple is also a fan of painting “date nights.”
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