Did Warhol Pave The Way For Trump?

The Art Newspaper reports: ‘US President Donald Trump is not known for a love of the arts. But in his heyday as a real-estate developer in the 1980s, he did memorably intersect with Andy Warhol, the subject of a sweeping survey opening this month at the Whitney Museum of American Art. It did not end well. After meeting Warhol at a party, Trump commissioned the artist to create a silkscreened portrait of Trump Tower. Warhol eagerly complied, creating eight images in black, grey and silver. But Trump and his first wife, Ivana, did not like the color scheme and turned the works down. “It was a mistake to do so

many, I think it confused them,” Warhol wrote in his diary, adding: “I think Trump’s sort of cheap.”

Trump retained an esteem for Warhol, however, quoting in two of his books the artist’s tongue-in-cheek maxim: “Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.”

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