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Marilyn Minter Gets Political in Billboard Ad
If you’re driving through L.A. or even middle America, expect to see include artist-designed billb...
News 27 Oct 2018

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Trump Plaque, 2017. by Marilyn Minter.
For Freedoms, the collective of hundreds of artists, institutions, organizations and designers across the country, are experimenting with new ways to get people engaged about the upcoming midterm election in the U.S. on November 6.
Now, over 150 billboards have been pasted over with art as part of the 50 State Initiative, the largest public art project in U.S. history. Billboards are now on view in all fifty states, with more going up weekly.
If you’re driving through L.A. or even middle America, expect to see include artist-designed billboards, exhibitions, lawn signs, and local community talks in all 50 states, including one by famed fashion photographer Marilyn Minter, who wrote ‘Sad!’ in reference to Trump’s Tweets.
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From top; Trevor Paglen, Nov 6 on view in Hartford, CT; Carrie Mae Weems, Vote and Continue to Dream in Sarasota, FL and With Democracy In The Balance There Is Only One Choice in Syracuse, NY; Marilyn Minter, SAD in Little Rock, AK.
From top; courtesy of Lamar; courtesy of The Ringling Museum; courtesy of Light Work; courtesy of Lamar.
“I chose “SAD!” because I wanted to use and subvert a common Trump adjective,” said the artist. “It also describes the current state of our country and our administration, by using “SAD!” I was able to be as nasty as possible without being outright political.”

Text by Nadja Sayej
Photos via vanityfair, Downtown for Democracy

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