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Artists Ask Ivanka Trump To Take Down Their Paintings

| by Jonathan Constante

A group of artist are protesting Donald Trump's presidency, and some are even asking the President-elect's daughter to remove their paintings from her walls.

Ivanka Trump posted a photo to her Instagram account standing next to a painting by Alex Da Corte, the Daily Mail reported. When the Philadelphia artist saw the photo, he didn't mince his words.

"Dear @Ivankatrump please get my work off of your walls," Da Corte commented on the photo. "I am embarrassed to be seen with you."

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Several other artists in New York are also coming together in a campaign called "Dear Ivanka." The group was created by the Halt Action Group, founded by art curator Alison Gingeras, dealer Bill Powers, and artist Jonathan Horowitz, according to Bloomberg.

A description on the group's website reads:

Dear Ivanka,

 Racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny, and homophobia are not acceptable anywhere—least of all in the White House.

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Steve Bannon has no place in the White House. Jeff Sessions has no place in the White House. Talk of a Muslim registry has no place in the White House.

Hate has no place in the White House.

We refuse to "wait and see". We look to you as the voice of reason.

Yours,

Halt Action Group

The group, comprised of artists, psychoanalysts, dealers and collectors, reach out to different artists featured on Ivanka's Instagram page. They urge the artists to ask Ivanka "to answer for some of the hypocrisy she embodies,” Gingeras told Bloomberg.

The group held a rally on Nov. 28 in front of Ivanka and Jared Kushner's Manhattan home. Nearly 500 people attended, carrying signs, chanting and holding a candlelight vigil

The Halt Action Group also collected cards from demonstrators. The demonstrators explained why a Trump presidency worries them.

"I am a Muslim-American immigrant and I don't feel safe," read one card.

"You're scaring the hell out of women," another wrote.

"Are you going to help anyone that doesn't look like you," another card read.

Sources: Daily Mail, Bloomberg, Ivanka Trump/Instagram, Dear Ivanka / Photo Credit: Instagram via Daily Mail
 

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