“In subsequent years, Trump has fashioned himself as a philistine par excellence. (Trump has been known to play selections from The Phantom of the Opera at his rallies;”
To begin our National Art Lesson, let me unmask New York Cities Phantom. My reader knows I have a thing for the musical. My family and enemies have used my obsession to discredit me, and title me ‘MAD’. But, who am I compared to Donald John Trump, is the vital question here, because we are exact opposites. I am a Poor Bohemian Artist who made my first home in the Big Apple when I was seventeen. DON JOHN and I are seventy years of age. Did our path’s ever cross?
Follow the Rouge Clues, and know I have been reborn! The sculptor who created Oscar Wilde’s tomb did the bust of Winston Churchill that Spicer ranted about. There is a Broadway Musical here. I got a dozen in this blog. I see Winston’s eyes following the Beast about the Oval Office, because Jacob is furious Don has gone after the gay folks. Note Conway’s red dress in this article. It’s time for a reporter to ask Don if he took LSD. How about Con-way, who has brought back Orwell’s 1984. The crowd-size thing has got folks talking about art and literature – and most don’t know it! Art wins every time!
In the image above ‘The phantom of the Opera’ has burst upon the scene and presented his new opera, called “DON JUAN TRiUMPhant‘. I’m afraid to inform you, We The People elected a POO FREAK – who is very delusional. This suggests many voters are delusional because they saw something in Don Jon most of us missed. The crowd-size controversy has un-masked Don Juan – and ruined his Inner Movie, his Stage, his, Model. I might be delusional, but, I am not the President of the United States. It is not I who has taken you to
THE POINT OF NO RETURN
Listen for the Gamelan music. What tune is going thru Triumphant’s head at the church?
Satan’s illusion: “I feel alone.” God’s Word says, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
Do you see the three crosses?
It is becoming clear the President of the United States is a victim of an Optical Illusion. If Donald had served in the Military, and taken an Art Appreciation class, then he would be fit to serve our Nation which gave birth to the world’s greates poets, artists, and writers. We have no greater Treasures than the legacy that Creative and Patriotic men and women have donated their souls to. This is the true cause of Democracy. We know that President Trump sees art as having no value, because he threw several works of art in the dump, and, all the work in his gilded cage, are reproductions of pieces rendered by great artists. Our beautiful First Lady sit up high in her tower, and like an American Eagle, looks down on a famous city, full of struggling artists, poor Bohemian whose Quest made New York famous. Melania should come down from her lofty place, with her son, and go shopping for a real work of art, and hang it on her wall. Tear down the cultural barrier Donald – maketh! Be somebody! Be a true citizen!
What is an optical illusion, that is similar to a Visual hallucination. This is worth a thorough investigation by art experts and historians, because it constitutes the idea ‘The King has no clothing’. These hallucinations and ‘Altered facts’ may very well have already brought down the most powerful leader on Earth. Trump’s credibility may be – shot to hell! Freedom of the Press – will prevail! The Fallen Angel has declared war on what the Creator – Created!
“WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has instituted what it described as a temporary media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants.
Emails sent to EPA staff since President Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday and reviewed by The Associated Press detailed specific prohibitions banning press releases, blog updates or posts to the agency’s social media accounts.
The Trump administration has also ordered what it called a temporary suspension of all new business activities at the department, including issuing task orders or work assignments to EPA contractors. The orders were expected to have a significant and immediate impact on EPA activities nationwide.”
Similar orders barring external communications have been issued by the Trump administration at other federal agencies in recent days, including the Agriculture and Interior departments.
My readers have asked me why I include articles written by other reporters and writers. I do this for several reasons: 1. pertinent articles have been disappeared. 2.I am making a collage. 3. A collective insight is helpful in overcoming ‘The illusion of it all’.
Artists and Writers are masters of illusion. We have a knack for locating the axis, the rusty nail that reality hangs it’s hat upon. The oppression of Jacob’s monument to Oscar Wilde is forever a Creative Lighthouse, that broadcast the social destruction of a brilliant author whose insights into Human Nature, are without equal. Oscar’s ‘The picture of Dorien Grey’ is extremely applicable to our President, who I suspect believes he is an immortal. When we were Art Buddies, I was going to suggest to Donald he take a few days off and read Wilde.
What surprises me, is, why weren’t more drones employed to capture a more detailed record. I know they were banned at the inauguration, however, the military could have been given permission to fly. The shot of the Seattle march appears to be drone.
Can’t you see what Don Juan is after? He wants to own ‘The Rose of the World’. He could care less about the beautiful woman who puts it in her hair.
“When Trump announced his plans for his new hotel in the nation’s capital, he told the Post, “Friends of mine, they spend these ridiculous amounts of money on paintings. I’d rather do jobs like this, and do something really that the world can cherish and the world can see and that everyone in D.C. can truly be proud of.”
“After his first meeting with Warhol, Trump visited the artist’s studio. He asked Warhol to do a portrait of Trump Tower that would hang over the entrance to the building’s residential quarters, as Warhol recalls in diaries, which were published posthumously. Warhol made a series of eight images, but Trump was “very upset that [the series] wasn’t color-coordinated,” the artist writes. The deal fell through.”
‘All hope abandon ye who enter here’.
Donald John is the embodiment of Narcissus. He looks at his beautiful wife, but can’t see her. She knows I speak the truth. We see you Melania. And we accept you. I want to do your portrait and have it be the first original work hanging on your wall. You will be called ‘The Beatrice of New York City’. You will be ‘The Queen of Arts’.
Your husband will die friendless. However, I am a worthy rival! I will come and go through his walls. I will climb his high tower, with palette and brushes in my hand. I will behold Beauty, captured. I will free her, and present her to…….The Soul of Man!
From Dante’s Divine Comedy. The 1814 translation into English by the Reverend H. F. Cary is the origin for this phrase in English, although he gave it as the less commonly used ‘All hope abandon ye who enter here’.
Through me you pass into the city of woe:
Through me you pass into eternal pain:
Through me among the people lost for aye.
Justice the founder of my fabric mov’d:
To rear me was the task of power divine,
Supremest wisdom, and primeval love.
Before me things create were none, save things
Eternal, and eternal I endure.
All hope abandon ye who enter here.
Such characters in colour dim I mark’d
Over a portal’s lofty arch inscrib’d:
Whereat I thus: Master, these words import.
The Phantom has met his match. Uncle Samaclaus, and We the People of the United States – have TRIUMPHED!
Jon ‘The Disguised and Hidden One’
Trump’s name—not to mention his physical presence—is an unfamiliar sight in the city’s major cultural institutions. Wealthy public figures often fall into cultural patronage if for nothing else than the tax break. But since the beginning of his career, Trump has been, at best, apathetic to the arts in New York, and elsewhere. His first media spectacle, in 1980, focused on the then-33-year-old developer destroying a pair of Art Deco reliefs that were part of the facade of the Bonwit Teller Building in midtown Manhattan, which Trump tore down to build his Trump Tower. The Metropolitan Museum of Art wanted the reliefs for its collection, as the Washington Post recalled in a bit of retrospective reporting recently, and Trump agreed to donate them, if the cost of their removal wasn’t prohibitive. It wasn’t, but Trump’s construction crew destroyed the works anyway. Trump later told the New York Times that he was concerned for “the safety of people on the street below…If one of those stones had slipped, people could have been killed.” The Times also reported that no one involved with the construction of Trump Tower even bothered to ask the Met how the sculptures could have been removed safely.
In subsequent years, Trump has fashioned himself as a philistine par excellence. (Trump has been known to play selections from The Phantom of the Opera at his rallies; whether that alone proves my point depends on one’s taste.) He has been flirting with a presidential run since the late ’80s; as early as 1999, he made a public call for censorship and claimed that his hypothetical presidency would cut federal funding for the arts. That was the year that Mayor Rudolph Giuliani embarked on a crusade against the Brooklyn Museum for its exhibition of Chris Ofili’s The Holy Mary Virgin (1996), which depicts the Madonna in materials including oil paint, glitter, and elephant dung. Giuliani told the Times the work wasn’t art because he could make it himself. He went so far as to try to cancel the institution’s lease with the city, evicting it from its home of more than 100 years. Outside of religious groups, Giuliani had few allies in this fight in New York, besides Trump, who released a statement to the Daily News—in reference to what the paper referred to only as “the Brooklyn Museum’s elephant-dung Madonna”—saying, “As president, I would ensure that the National Endowment of the Arts stops funding of this sort.” (The Daily News pointed out that the organization’s correct title is “National Endowment for the Arts,” and that the NEA did not give any funding to the Brooklyn Museum’s show that featured Ofili.) Regarding the Ofili, Trump continued: “It’s not art. It’s absolutely gross, degenerate stuff.” Note the word “degenerate.” There was, of course, another politician who used that adjective to describe works of art that offended him. (Trump, for what it’s worth, would later lob the word “degenerate” at Rosie O’Donnell.)
But as a citizen, Trump has had a more tangible effect on the NEA beyond his mere endorsement of slashing government funding for the arts. In 2013, when Trump took over the lease of the Old Post Office on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., in order to build a 270-room hotel, among the occupants that were forced to vacate were the NEA and the National Endowment for the Humanities. (One of the potential leaseholders that lost their bid for the building to Trump was a National Museum of the Jewish People, according to the Post.) In a final bit of irony, James Lankford, a Republican senator from Oklahoma, claimed that Trump received a $40 million tax credit for his renovations of the building.
When Trump announced his plans for his new hotel in the nation’s capital, he told the Post, “Friends of mine, they spend these ridiculous amounts of money on paintings. I’d rather do jobs like this, and do something really that the world can cherish and the world can see and that everyone in D.C. can truly be proud of.”
There is no evidence that Trump ever entertained becoming a serious collector, and a Trump spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment. But Trump has often spoken of his buildings as works of art. Whether or not this is the case is a matter of some debate. When Trump added a massive sign of his name to his Chicago hotel, the building’s architect, Adrian Smith, said it was “done in poor taste.” But early on in his career, some critics were quite fond of the Trump aesthetic. Paul Goldberger wrote in 1983 that “the atrium of Trump Tower may well be the most pleasant interior public space to be completed in New York in some years.” Herbert Muschamp, the former architecture critic for the Times, once compared the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Columbus Circle to Andy Warhol’s Gold Marilyn Monroe (1962). Muschamp actually took Trump to MoMA in 1999 to see Warhol’s painting; in the article Muschamp wrote about this encounter, Trump arrives in a foul mood, and tosses his overcoat and some binders onto a Donald Judd floor piece, apparently mistaking it for a conference table.
The comparison between Warhol and Trump is telling. The two met a few times—first, according to a post on the website of Pittsburgh’s Warhol Museum, at a birthday party for Joseph McCarthy’s lawyer of choice, Roy Cohn, who also did legal work for Trump before being disbarred. After his first meeting with Warhol, Trump visited the artist’s studio. He asked Warhol to do a portrait of Trump Tower that would hang over the entrance to the building’s residential quarters, as Warhol recalls in diaries, which were published posthumously. Warhol made a series of eight images, but Trump was “very upset that [the series] wasn’t color-coordinated,” the artist writes. The deal fell through.
Trump Tower may not have any original Warhols, but the man does own some art, sort of. A photo spread of his opulent Manhattan penthouse in the Daily Mail shows a reproduction of Renoir’s 1874 painting La loge (the original is at the Courtauld in London) hanging in his wife’s office. There is also a copy of GOAT: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali, a limited edition art book that includes contributions from Jeff Koons. Angelo Donghia designed the apartment, and “kept Louis XIV in mind while picking furniture and textiles,” as the Mail put it. However, at another Trump property, Mar-a-Lago, the former estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post, which Trump bought in 1985 and converted into a private club, more valuable works—two 16th-century Flemish tapestries—have been damaged due to Trump’s failure to protect them from sunlight, according to an interview the Times conducted with Trump’s butler.
It’s important for us to be very familiar with scripture, so that we can recognize Satan’s trickery. He will twist scripture in our minds so that we do not recognize the wrong in what we do. He will use pride to convince us that what we are doing is acceptable. He will use our insecurities, loneliness, fear, and frustrations to change our perception of God’s word and our situation if we do not have a firm foundation of scripture.
Satan’s illusion: “It’s impossible.” God’s Word says, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” Luke 18:27
Satan’s illusion: “No one cares.” God’s Word says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Satan illusion: “I can’t do it.” God’s Word says, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:16
Satan’s illusion: “I’m afraid.” God’s Word says, “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
Satan’s illusion: “I’m worried.” God’s Word says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
Satan’s illusion: “I feel alone.” God’s Word says, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
Satan’s illusion: “I won’t be forgiven.” God’s Word says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
Remember that things are not always what they seem. Satan is constantly scheming to change our perception of our circumstances. He will persistently try to discourage us or lead us into disobedience. So carefully guard your heart against these illusions, and examine God’s word for His reality for your life.