Andres Serrano's The Game: All Things Trump – is a collection of over 1000 objects related to Donald Trump. Presented on the 30th Anniversary of the 1989 Culture Wars, Serrano’s first multimedia installation blasts through the web of words and images that have blanketed America over the last decades to present a portrait of the man as the sum of the objects that glorify his name.
Andres Serrano, best known for his work Piss Christ (1987), a now-infamous picture of a plastic crucifix submerged in the artist’s urine, was attacked in 1989 as betraying Christian values while Piss Christ was on view at The Virginia Museum. The artist subsequently became a key figure in an important historic dialogue on arts funding and governmental intervention in the realm of artistic freedom-of-expression – later dubbed the “Culture Wars”. Thirty years later, the struggle about questions of authorship and censorship continues, with Trump’s recent request, once again, to defund NEA, NEH, and IMLS – a standard for Republican presidents playing to their conservative and Christian base.
A photographer by trade, Phoenix Eisenberg is a New York native who developed a connection to the city’s growing street art community and, at 21, began photographing local artists, specifically in the 5 Pointz area. In 2011, Phoenix initiated the Save 5 Pointz group to bring the case to public attention, which in turn led to a lawsuit and a multi-million dollar settlement in favour of the artists. Before establishing ArtX, Phoenix ran his own cultural space across from the Whitney Museum called Redbird Gallery, showing some of the biggest names in the international street art community, from South Africa to Nigeria to Brazil.
Stephen Stapleton is an artist and founding director of Edge of Arabia, the UK Charity, The Crossway Foundation, and CULTURUNNERS. After an artist’s journey across the Middle East in 2003, he founded Edge of Arabia as a first-of-its-kind contemporary art platform for cultural exchange between the Arab and Western world. He has produced over 50 landmark international exhibitions including at Museums and Biennales in London, New York, Venice, Istanbul, Berlin, Dubai, Riyadh, Jeddah, Miami, Aspen, Houston, Oslo, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Detroit, Memphis, Lewiston, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.