The Trumpination: Molly at #RNCinCLE 2016

 

I had never been to a political convention. I don’t cover electoral politics, but when The Daily Beast offered me the chance to cover the most hyped presidential nomination since Hubert Humphrey’s kicked off the Siege of Chicago, I grabbed my sketchbook and went. This was history, I thought. A neon-skinned huckster was going to crown himself as king.

 – Molly Crabapple, The Daily Beast 07/24/2016

trump coronation

This past week Molly was in attendance at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.  It was a fascinating, history-in-the-making, deeply disturbing, snafu of epic proportions. In words and drawings Molly has created a summary of the experience for the Daily Beast  http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/24/good-mourning-america-the-republican-national-convention-illustrated.html

Due to many requests we’ve made two paintings from the convention available as prints in the shop. The above ‘Trump Coronation‘ and the following, ‘Trump Pageantry‘. are available as giclee 17″x22″ archival prints in limited edition runs of 25 each.

Trump and his Queens

 

In case you missed it, before the RNC Molly wrote a prescient piece for The Village Voice detailing the events that would unfold.

Donald J. Trump ascends to the stage wearing a codpiece fashioned from the severed head of Ronald Reagan, the eyes replaced by diamonds and the skin spray-tanned to match Trump’s own. His robe is gilt, lined with more gilt. Marco Rubio holds the train in his teeth.

“Isn’t he fabulous?” Trump laughs, patting the codpiece with one petite hand. At his touch, the diamonds turn into snakes. “You’ll all have one of these, once I make America great again.”

Check out the rest: http://www.villagevoice.com/news/heres-donny-dystrumpia-takes-hold-at-the-republican-national-convention-8850118

and finally, yes, ladies and gentlemen:  there was in fact a giant golden trump bobble head statue.

MollyandBobbleTrump

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    About Molly:
    Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer in New York. Her memoir, Drawing Blood, was published by HarperCollins in 2015. Brothers of the Gun, her illustrated collaboration with Syrian war journalist Marwan Hisham, will be published by One World/Penguin Random House in May 2018. Her reportage has been published in the New York Times, New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, VICE, and elsewhere. She has been the recipient of a Yale Poynter Fellowship, a Front Page Award, and a Gold Rush Award, and shortlisted for a Frontline Print Journalism Award. She is often asked to discuss her work chronicling the conflicts of the 21st Century, and has appeared on All In with Chris Hayes, Amanpour, NPR, BBC News, PRI, and more. The New Yorker described her 2017 mural "The Bore of Babylon" as "a terrifying amalgam of Hieronymus Bosch, Honoré Daumier, and Monty Python’s Flying Circus.” Her art is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the United States Library of Congress and the New York Historical Society.

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