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‘Unauthorized’ protest art depicting Trump imprisoned secretly installed in suite at Trump NYC Hotel

On March 30th, 2018, INDECLINE, an activist art collective, installed an unauthorized art exhibit into a rented hotel suite at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York City.

Using subterfuge, they spent the previous day clearing and repurposing the room to resemble a prison, whose sole occupant, handcuffed inside of a small cell and surrounded by live rats, McDonalds wrappers, and a photo of Vladimir Putin, was an effigy of Donald Trump.

In preparation for the art protest – entitled – “The People’s Prison”, over a dozen US artists were selected by INDECLINE to paint portraits of American activists and revolutionaries on American flags.

These flags were hung on the walls of the hotel suite, facing prisoner Trump.

Surrounding the cell are a jury of what a selection of artists considered to be some of America’s greatest peers, painted directly onto the flags.

In April (date tbd), the protest art installation is planned to be replicated in its entirety at Gallery 30 South in Pasadena, CA.

Each painting will be offered for sale with proceeds benefiting an array of organizations from the Native American Rights Fund, to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Below is a list of the participating artists, the figures they painted and the pricing and charity information related to an April 11th art show in Los Angeles, Ca.

Anna van Schaap – Betty Friedan / $1,300 – The Sasha Center

Ann Lewis – Erica Garner / $1,500 – Young New Yorkers

Anthony Aspero – Edward Snowden / $2,000 – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

AWARE – Noam Chomsky / $1,700 – Help International

Bandit – Rodolfo “Corky Gonzalez” / $2,500 – Children’s Center for Cancer

Danny Green – Hunter S. Thompson / $3,000 – Alexandria House

Gabe Larson – Muhammed Ali / $2,450 – Southern Poverty Law Center

Jesse Hazelip – Cornel West / $5,000 – Indigenous Environmental Network

LMNOPi – Lyla June Johnston / $7,000 – Red Willow Farm

Molly Crabapple – Angela Davis / $7,000 – New Sanctuary Bond Fund

The Panik Collective – Howard Zinn / $2,700 – Common Cause Education

Randy Janson – Leonard Peltier / $3,000 – Native American Rights Fund


The People’s Prison “Making Of”:

Past Work:

The Emperor Has No Balls:

Grave New World:

Death Metals:

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Frank Parlato


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