The very best contemporary art speaks to a broad spectrum of people, stirring something unique within them all. For want of a better phrase, great contemporary art ‘hits the nail on the head’, and says a lot to different individuals without having to say much at all.
Illma Gore’s Make America Great Again – an 11″X14″ oil and pastel piece of confident-looking presidential hopeful Donald Trump – is generating international debate and polarising opinions, thanks in part to one small detail…
It is currently on show at the Maddox Gallery in Mayfair, London. The work has been incredibly well received, attracting crowds and even causing queues to form outside the gallery. It is certainly generating positive debate, and the story has captured the imagination of the media worldwide.
Make America Great Again features everything identifiable about Trump, from his trademark hairstyle to an unflattering gurn which has been front and centre of the world’s media over the past few months. Also unflattering is Trump’s visible manhood; although Trump “guarantees” there is “no problem” in that department, as claimed very publicly in recent political debates.
The Republican candidate has rarely been out of the spotlight this year, and to the amazement of so many people has managed to position himself as front-runner in the US elections, despite his forthright views on political hot potatoes such as immigration and social integration.
As a response to derogatory comments that Donald Trump has made about women, Los Angeles-based Illma Gore has managed to get her view (and the political view of many) across with her picture and a single sentence: “Simply put, you can be a massive prick, despite what is in your pants.”
Illma is one of art’s rising stars and one of the world’s most talented emerging contemporary artists. Her most recent artwork is an incredibly powerful, provocative piece that has managed to blend the political with the personal, and has become an influential weapon in the race for the White House. Some reactions have been stronger than others, and Ilma has received a number of death threats.
Whether Trump wins or loses the race for the presidency, Gore’s work will not only appreciate in notoriety but also in value as a contemporary view of our times, and as a key commentary piece of one of the most bitterly-contested presidential battles in decades.
Illma Gore’s work has also sparked a number of other debates, perhaps most notably regarding gender in politics. Trump’s rival Marco Rubio had already used the size of Trump’s manhood as a broadside, and it’s interesting to see that it’s become such a hot media topic despite the emergence of more pressing global issues.
CNN raises a very good point – with politicians vying for the most powerful position in the world, debates over penis sizes aren’t only awkward-at-best for female candidates such as Hillary Clinton, but distractions from much-needed debate about the role of women in the political landscape. However she comments on the situation, it would likely be a no-win for her and her party.
Contemporary art such as Make America Great Again is not only a poignant commentary of the US political scene, but also goes a long way in supporting politicians such as Clinton in its newsworthiness. This is especially the case coming from a young female contemporary artist, who has the ability to say something powerful in such a visual manner.
“Your genitals do not define your gender, your power, or your status,” Illma adds; very true indeed.
Maddox Gallery Managing Director and Curator James Nicholls is delighted to showcase Make America Great Again, which is currently valued at US$1 million. “[It’s] contested and interesting. Some may be offended but others will see the humour in the work of Gore. The Maddox Gallery offers everyone the chance to see the original and make his own opinion,” he says.
The artwork has been banned in certain sectors of the US, removed several times from social media due to a Digital Millennium Copyright Act notice, and removed from eBay. However, the artwork is currently available to view at Maddox Gallery in Mayfair, London.
Illma Gore’s piece is just one of many artworks available to view and purchase at Maddox Gallery. Investing in emerging contemporary artists such as Illma Gore can potentially provide huge long-term returns, and investment prices at Maddox Gallery start from as little as £5,000.
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