The New York sculptor Elliott Arkin has designed a paddle ball game with Donald Trump’s scowling face printed on the wooden paddle—the rubber ball hits his open mouth—for Gagosian Gallery’s “Art For Hillary” benefit on September 12, which will feature an auction with works by Chuck Close, Jeff Koons, Barbara Kruger, and others.
Arkin says his work is a reference to Koons’s Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer paddle ball game from 2000. “I often use existing contemporary works to satirize. Since Koons has made that print of the Mona Lisa for this event, I thought his Rudolph paddle ball was a natural fit for Trump,” he says. Elsewhere in the show Arkin has contributed a “Hillary Clinton Flash Drive,” a functional 8 megabyte flash drive in the shape of a miniature Clinton (remove the head to reveal the device). Meanwhile, Close has a limited-edition print of Hillary Clinton available for $10,000 and Koons’s print is available for $50,000. The event, being held at an undisclosed location and attended by Chelsea Clinton, is open to to donors of $1,000 or more. The first 20 people who buy a ticket will receive one of Arkins’s two works. RSVP here.
“2016 Presidential Sculpture Collection,” courtesy Elliott Arkin