"It Is What It Is": All the Cards Issued to Donald Trump Limited Edition

Richard Kraft

When Trump was inaugurated on January 20, 2017, artist Richard Kraft felt this same urgency—like many others—to keep a close watch on his presidency. Every single day since then, Kraft has been scouring 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.

“It Is What It Is”: All the Cards Issued to Donald Trump, January 2017 – January 2021 is a four-volume set of books—one for each year of Donald Trump’s presidency—presenting thousands of cards for Trump’s words and actions. It is a daily reckoning, a refusal of normalcy, a bulwark against forgetting, a work of art that creates an unrelenting record of Trump’s ignominious four years in office, while also transforming it—in the crucible of dark humor—into something quite beautiful. “It Is What It Is” is as much a confrontation with the facts and phenomenon of a Trump presidency as it is a monumental, informational graphic work, an artifact of these dark days, and a truly durational work of art.

This special signed and numbered, slip-cased edition includes a set of oversized hand-painted cards, initialed by the artist. (Note that the image above is a 3-D rendering of the set of books without the slipcase.)

Kraft has also been working on a parallel body of work in the form of daily “drawings”: each day’s cards are hand-painted and mounted on museum board with the date stamped in the corner. The drawings not only documents Trump’s presidency but also creates a way to assess it visually, statistically, and almost emotionally. The accumulated abstraction—particularly if they are hung on the wall in a grid—yields multiple readings as the cards become language, music, time. There will be at around 1500 when Trump’s term ends.

More info about the drawings here. Please write to publisher (at) sigliopress (dot) com if you’d like to be in touch with the artist.