“White Lies Matter” Diptych
$100.00 - $150.00
“#WhiteLiesMatter” ties President Trump’s propensity to lie about even trivial matters—little white lies—to his race-baiting rhetoric; his “White” lies. “#WhiteLiesMatter” is a refutation of “White Lives Matter,” a racist denial of the fundamental truth that “Black Lives Matter.” (“All Lives Matter” is the woolly-headed cousin of “White Lives Matter.”)
Donald Trump’s false equivalency between gun-toting neo-Nazis and anti-fascist protesters in Charlottesville—“very fine people on both sides”—is but one example of a “White” lie. Other racist lies include Trump’s insistence that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya, or that he is a secret Muslim. Trump specializes in racist innuendo and slander: Mexicans are “rapists;” any African-American NFL player—silently protesting police killings of unarmed black men—is a “son of a bitch;” and Covid-19 is “the Chinese virus.”
The companion poster features the title “White Lies Matter” set in Swear Smoke, a typeface designed by our friend James Edmondson of OH no Type Company. Like his “White” lies, @realdonaldtrump is a fake—a delusory, vaporous exhalation of hate and fear. The impact of these exhalations, however, are quite real. As James Baldwin writes, “The glorification of one race and the consequent debasement of another—or others—always has been and always will be a recipe for murder.”
We successfully Kickstarted these posters in the summer of 2020 with the help of 75 funders.
• Museum für Gestaltung Zürich
• Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg
• Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
• Merrill C. Berman Collection
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EDITION: 50 signed and numbered per design; an unknown number unsigned; 2 artists’ proofs per design
DIMENSIONS: 24 x 36 inches
MEDIA: “#whiteliesmatter” is screen printed in black on Classic Crest Smooth Solar White, 130#; “White Lies Matter” is screen printed in white on Classic Crest Smooth Epic Black Cover, #130.
PRINTING: Monolith Press / Alameda
DESIGN: © 2020 Mark Fox and Angie Wang, Design is Play / SF