Slip, 5 vols, hbk, 5.25 x 8.25 in. / 1,622 pgs / 10,881 color.
Pub Date 12/21/2021
Catalog: FALL 2021 p. 87
ISBN 9781938221286 SDNR30
List Price: $135.00 CDN $180.00
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Richard Kraft: It Is What It Is
All the Cards Issued to Donald Trump, January 2017–January 2021
A daily reckoning, a refusal of normalcy and a bulwark against forgetting: Richard Kraft’s epic visual and notational account of Trump’s four years in office
When Trump was inaugurated on January 20, 2017, New York–based artist Richard Kraft felt the necessity, like many others, of keeping a close watch on his presidency. Every day, Kraft scoured the news and Trump’s Twitter feed, assigning, like a referee in a soccer match, colored cards associated with transgressing rules and codes of conduct.
Published in an edition of 650 copies, this five-volume set presents over 10,000 cards for Trump’s words and actions. In soccer, yellow signifies a warning. Red is for those offenses for which a player should be dismissed. Soon after the inauguration, Kraft began adding more colors for other infractions.
When asked about COVID-19’s death toll by journalist Jonathan Swan, Trump replied, “It is what it is.” This project takes its title from that callous dismissal. A brute confrontation with the facts of Trump's presidency, it is also a durational work of art, marrying futility with vigilance, transforming toxicity into beauty.
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The stubborn systematism of Kraft’s project [is] [a] touchingly futile attempt to collate ephemeral news and prevent forgetting.
Not just a feat of bearing witness but also a commentary on how concerned citizens struggled to process Trump’s calamitous, norm-violating presidency in an age of information overload.
The books are beautiful—vibrantly so, insistently so—and this visual splendor exerts an elevating counterforce to the despair elicited by the very same information delivered verbally. Moral depravity is made to co-exist with sensual pleasure. Through the project's own inherent contradictions, Kraft fine-tunes the incredulity that suffused the Trump years into a persuasive case for simultaneity.
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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/6/2022
During a week remembered by most for its national and personal trauma and shame, we can think of no better book to feature than Richard Kraft's five-volume It Is What It Is: All the Cards Issued to Donald Trump, January 2017–January 2021, published by Siglio. Collecting almost 10,000 offenses and transgressions committed while in office via a system of soccer-style penalty cards—coded from yellow (mild) to red (severe) to egregious beyond any previous card-notational scale (magenta, purple and finally, crimson)—each volume contains textual annotations for each card and an index by penalty type (Conspiracy Theories, Environment, Golf, Race, etc.). "I signed up to be a referee for a game that everyone is watching, but for which the rules, when applied, seem to have no effect," Kraft writes. "From about any vantage point, this piece is an exercise in futility, and that futility made the effort all the more worthwhile. After all, what better way to counter a man for whom money is the only measure of worth than to make a durational art work that is broad in its reach, large in scale, and crucially, utterly useless ... nevertheless, I feel exactly the same now as I did when I began: the gravest danger with autocrats is to allow their crimes to disappear. This is a record, one among many, all of them essential as a bulwark against forgetting." continue to blog
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