Yesterday, Donald Trump named his campaign finance chief: Steven Mnuchin, hedge-fund executive, controversial film financier, and son of art dealer Robert Mnuchin, whose Upper East Side gallery is currently showing a David Hammons retrospective. Trump, now a self-declared lover of Hispanics, has appointed the 53-year-old Wall Street banker and CEO of Dune Capital Management to help move his campaign beyond being “self-funded.” He cited Mnuchin’s “extensive and very successful financial background” and “unprecedented experience and expertise.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, however, Mnuchin junior has actually used much of that expertise in the past to decide to fund the presidential campaigns of Democrats. Over the years, he has donated money to John Edwards, John Kerry, and Al Gore; he even donated more than $7,000 to Hillary Clinton’s previous efforts to reach the White House, as well as the maximum amount allowed to Obama during the then-senator’s presidential campaign. The only Republican who’s received a sum of Mnuchin’s money is allegedly Mitt Romney. WSJ added that Mnuchin has not conferred any of his financial blessings on Clinton this election season.
Besides his birth into one of the art world’s most powerful families, Mnuchin has other cultural ties: Once a member of the boards of the Whitney Museum and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, he has since 2009 been a trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, which championed him for his “business acumen and support of the arts.” Mnuchin’s donation record may draw Republicans’ concerns, but hopefully one result of Trump’s curious selection will be learning not to throw binders on top of priceless artworks.
Our favorite US shows of 2021, brought to you by the writers and editors of Hyperallergic.
Naito’s Op-inspired abstractions might have been an oblique way of dealing with feelings of displacement after moving to the United States.
BIENALSUR, the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of the South, has returned to Saudi Arabia for an exhibition presenting more than 20 international artists, including Filwa Nazer, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, and Tony Oursler.
Braque’s paintings speak of self-containment, of a quietly impassioned, ongoing dedication to the task at hand.
In Amber Robles-Gordon’s artwork, the borders between states matter less than the overlapping territories of self, the never-ending negotiation of identity.
Schulte seems at once focused and restless, determined and open.
The archive kicks off an initiative by the Met Museum and the Studio Museum to conserve and digitize his works, and research the context of his photographs, his singular photographic techniques, and his life.
On view in Abu Dhabi until February 5, 2022, the paintings and sculptures in Modernisms shed new light on artists like Parviz Tanavoli, Fahrelnissa Zeid, and M.F. Husain.
In 1996, Nez Perce Tribe members had to fundraise hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay the Ohio History Connection to secure artifacts that were rightfully theirs.
Andrew McCarthy used a modified telescope to take over 150,000 images of the sun, combining them to create the stunningly crisp photo.
The city brought shows to life that will be talked about for years to come.