Ilma Gore, an Australian-American artist whose infamous nude painting of Donald Trump depicts the Republican frontrunner with a tiny penis, has been anonymously threatened with lawsuits if she attempts to sell the painting. The piece, titled “Make America Great Again,” went viral after she posted it on her Facebook page in February and is currently on display at the Maddox Gallery in London where it has attracted bids of over £100,000 ($140,000) and drawn hundreds of visitors.
The LA-based artist says she received thousands of death threats and traveled to the U.K. to escape the controversy, as American galleries refused to show the painting out of security concerns. Gore said: “The reaction, especially in the U.K., has been incredibly supportive. Everywhere apart from America has been great. Who knew it would be such a big deal? I think an artist’s job is to take the times we’re living in and then set the scene. It is a representation of where we are.”
The painting is currently priced at £1M ($1.4M) and Gore has announced she will donate part of her fee to Safe Place for Youth, a homeless shelter in Los Angeles.
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