A nude sculpture of the Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump by the artist Joshua ”Ginger” Monroe entitled ‘The Emperor Has No Balls’ has sold at Julien’s Auctions Gallery in Beverly Hills, California on 17 October, for $22,000. Now another example is to go under the hammer and will feature in Gray’s sale on October 26th at Julians. The nude which hit the news recently and went viral on the internet is an unflattering satirical depiction of a naked Trump.
The nude is one of art history’s most important subjects. Both sensual and controversial, sacred and sacrilegious it has adorned everything from cave walls, museums for centuries. Barnebys, has been tracking the view of artists on the controversial presidential candidate, Donald Trump. One of the founders of Barnebys, Pontus Silfverstolpe, says: “”Nudity in art has always fascinated humans. The recent series of nude portraits of the American presidential campaigner is no exception.”
Capturing the naked human figure continues to challenge artists. In 1504, Michelangelo defined the beauty of the male figure with his most famous work the statue of David. A century later, Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens, defined female beauty with his numerous paintings of nude biblical and mythological women.
At the time the statues were erected in Seattle, New York, San Francisco, Cleveland and Los Angeles, a spokesperson told Rolling Stone: ”We started thinking a lot about how dictators and tyrants, all though history, were memorialized through statues. Go to any major park in America, you’ve got some rich white general with a sword.” Proceeds from the sale of Ginger’s work will benefit public art funding in the city of Cleveland Heights. Joshua ”Ginger” Monroe’s statue is now part of a Trump art ‘dynasty.’ In the lead up to the November election a painting by Illma Gore. ‘Make America Great Again’, an image of a naked Trump was on view at London’s Maddox Gallery in Mayfair before being sold this August was a social media sensation.
Illma Gore, ‘Make America Great Again’, sold at Maddox Gallery this year. James Nicholls, managing director and curator at the Maddox Gallery, says: ”it was an extraordinary experience. The overwhelming response from visitors to the work was positive.’’ Another artist, Saint Hoax, has depicted the presidential candidate as both a drag queen and a piece of meat, not to mention the countless street art ‘murals.’