Illma Gore, the US painter who created “Make America Great Again” (2016), which depicts a nude of Donald Trump with a micro penis is facing a potential lawsuit from Trump’s legal team if the painting sells. The artist, whose work is now on view at Maddox Gallery in London, received a legal notice three days ago from someone claiming to be from Trump’s camp. She believes it is legitimate as last month another legal threat occurred via phone, after she posted the drawing to her Facebook page and had her account blocked.
The anonymous caller is suing Gore under claims to right of publicity, which gives individuals the right to control how his or her name, image, or likeness is used commercially. Under that law, Trump is entitled to a lump sum of what the painting would earn. It is currently priced at over 1.4 million USD, according to the Guardian. Gore remains unworried and is prepared to fight the case in court if it arrives.
“It’s artwork,” she told Hyperallergic. “I think the lawyers who are preparing the case are all confident because it’s a unique idea, it’s standing alone, it’s not just his face. So we’re all really confident that there won’t be any repercussions.”
Illma Gore with her Trump portrait at Maddox Gallery (all photos courtesy the artist)