Phone record of 11 minute call with Smithsonian National Portrait Director Kim Sajet
Whether you like or dislike the Trump portrait/painting 'Unafraid And Unashamed', whether they you think it is good or bad, is not the primary criteria for the National Portrait Gallery.
Firstly remember this is 7x15 feet long(105 sq. ft.) and small digitally compressed reproductions of only a few square inches do not do justice to the work at all, they actually distort the image because it is a painting made with brushes not a digitally posterized photograph. An honest assessment and critique must come from seeing and experiencing the original in person.
The National Portrait Gallery was intended to be a historical pictorial archive of the story of Americans, in this case Donald J. Trump who have impacted history. And in this case this image tells the story of the historic election. There will be many portraits painted of President Trump, but there is only one portrait that has told the story of the election and also predicted his presidency. Please read the criteria below and pay special attention to the last clause.
See article here: http://siarchives.si.edu/history/national-portrait-gallery
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery Criteria For Accepting Portraits:
1. “Acquisition and exhibition of portraits and statuary of those who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the United States.”
2. “Works must be the best likeness possible; original portraits from life, if possible.”
3. “All exhibitions of permanent collection portraits should be of Presidents and First Ladies, and subjects who have been dead for at least ten years.”
4. “Even today, in every instance, the historical significance of the subject is judged before the artistic merit of the portrait, or the prominence of the artist.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Julian Raven, Artist
714 Baldwin St.
Elmira, NY 14901
December 6th, 2016
SMITHSONIAN DIRECTOR KIM SAJET REJECTS TRUMP PORTRAIT BUT SHOWED OBAMA POSTER!
“It’s too BIG!” was the director’s first objection! The director followed with another salvo, ‘The Smithsonian requires ALL portraits be painted from life” to the total shock of Julian Raven, artist and painter of the historic Trump Portrait ‘Unafraid And Unashamed’. Raven hit back, “You showed the Obama ‘Hope’ poster which was not created from a live sitting with Barack Obama!” To which Director Sajet seemed to stamp her foot and insist that it had been created from life, she in fact was now lying! (Later Raven was to discover Director Sajet had misquoted the legal requirement for portrait acceptance by deleting the final part of the statute, “Works must be the best likeness possible; original portraits from life, if possible”.) One would expect the director to actually know the ‘questionable’ story behind the Obama poster by Shepherd Fairey. She insisted, until Raven educated her on the facts, those being how former White House Liaison for the Arts, Yosi Sergant, the leftist political activist and ‘brain-child’ behind the poster, had commissioned Fairey to create the poster and how it was a digitized image of a photo taken by an AP photographer. Raven had participated in an art show in LA curated by Sergant in which he had shown his Trump portrait alongside one of the 3 copies of the screen printed version of the ‘Hope’ poster, one of which was shown in the National Portrait Gallery.
By this time Raven was driving the conversation back to the point about her objection to the scale of the painting as being ridiculous, at which Director Sajet began to backtrack and apologize for her nonsensical objection about the scale, to the amazement of the artist! (Remember, the director of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery had called the artist personally to let him know of her objections, and within 5 minutes was apologizing!) She proceeded to rattle off more personal objections to the Trump portrait by now turning to its content.
“It’s too pro Trump!” At this point the artist’s amazement was surreal! “Too pro Trump?”, he shot back, “and the Obama poster was not Pro-Obama?” “Its too political”, she said, alluding to the imagery in the painting, the American flag, the Bald Eagle and the depiction of The USA. Those are patriotic symbols. Now the director was objecting to patriotism! This portrait of President Elect Donald J. Trump, was painted in the summer of 2015. It prophetically, symbolically and patriotically depicted Trump as America’s future President. Now it was too Patriotic for the NATIONAL Portrait Gallery! Amazingly, according to The Smithsonian, Director Kim Sajet is not even an American Citizen!
Feeling ‘dazed and confused’ the artist responded with another rebuttal, “So the Obama ‘Hope’ poster was neither political nor patriotic?” She replied, “It needs to be more neutral!” . Yet, she kept mentioning the ‘George Washington’ portrait in the Smithsonian, that also contradicted her stance! With that, the Director ended her barrage of personal objections and dislikes of the painting. Her final comment, “It’s no good, it’s a bad painting of Trump!”. Director Sajet then told the artist that she was the director, that his application submitted in writing would go no further, get no official written response and that he could appeal her decision all he wanted! If there ever was a portrait of hubris, this was it!
Director Sajet, in hastily rejecting and condemning this historic work of art, has violated the very conditions for acceptance to the National Portrait Gallery established by Congress. The most important point Congress made was this: “Even today, in every instance, the historical significance of the subject is judged before the artistic merit of the portrait, or the prominence of the artist.”
Again, demonstrating her personal bias and ignorance of the very basis for accepting a portrait, Director Kim Sajet did not even bother to consider the historical significance of the Trump Portrait. In addition, this was the only recognized pro-Trump portrait to have been part of President Elect Donald J. Trump’s historic Presidential campaign!
A copy of Raven’s portrait has been hanging in Trump Tower since November 2015. It has been seen across the country in Julian Raven’s grassroots campaign, in which Eric Trump also participated. It was part of the ‘Art Of Politics’ show in LA along with the nation’s top political art and artists. An image of the painting was also part of Trump Exec. Lynne Patton’s viral video ‘The Trump Family I know’, which generated millions of views and shares. This video was shown at the RNC in Cleveland, establishing the Trump Portrait to be the only work of art recognized at the Convention. It was also on display at the New York Delegation headquarters in Cleveland and in the Public Square amidst hordes of protesters. The painting was also featured in the Huffington Post’s, ‘If This Art Could Vote,’ election art gallery. It also served as the backdrop to numerous, videos, rallies, websites, Facebook pages etc. It was featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and in media across the globe. The application to the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery is supported by GOP chairpersons, radio host Frank Acomb, art collectors, and elected representatives, such as Congressman Tom Reed, Senator Tom O’Mara and Elmira Mayor Dan Mandell, all who represent over 200,000 upstate New York citizens.
Do you recall Director Sajet’s rejection of a 15,000 person petition to remove the objectionable bust of Margaret Sanger by black pastors, led by Bishop E.W. Jackson, Senators Cruz and Gomer amongst many other elected representatives back in August of 2015? What about the recent snubbing of Chief Justice Clarence Thomas by the Smithsonian African American Museum? Now, with this bizarre, biased and incompetent behavior by Director Kim Sayet regarding the Trump Portrait, the conditions for a perfect storm have been created.
The ‘swamp’ of blatant liberal bias at the Smithsonian must be drained!
Artist Julian Raven became an American Citizen on September 17th 2015. He is a grassroots political Trump campaigner. He was elected within his first year of citizenship to become a New York Alternate Delegate to represent New York at the Cleveland RNC. He is a public speaker, entrepreneur and minister. He is married to Gloria Raven. They have three beautiful children and they live in Elmira, New York.
For the full story go to www.thetrumpportrait.com
Artist Jonathan Yeo, Chief Curator Brandon Fortune and Kevin Spacey with the official portrait of President Frank Underwood.
The Landsdowne Portrait Gilbert Stuart, 1796
The Washington portrait that Director Sajet kept referring to that
she knew contradicted her objection about the Trump Portrait/Painting having too much back ground information!
The reason why the director struggled with this portrait was because it is more than just a portrait of the head and shoulders with a blank background! How ridiculous that the objection about the Trump portrait was the symbolic content which anchors the portrait in history. The whole purpose of the National Portrait Gallery is to create a historical pictorial record. The continual dumbing down of America can be seen in the empty and narrative free images that now populate the National Portrait Gallery.
For goodness sakes, the Smithsonian now even features a painting/portrait of actor Kevin Spacey acting as President in a Netflix show! What historical significance can that pointless portrait contribute to the Smithsonian. O, yes I forgot, it tells the story of a internet TV show. Which obviously has virtually zero relevance to the history of the United States.
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LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW
The Kevin Spacey painting/portrait again demonstrates the dumbing down of America. This is a painting of an actor pretending to be President for a Netflix show!!!
The director of the museum Kim Sajet rejects the Trump portrait because it is too big, too pro-Trump, too political and no good. But here is we can see the judgement and agenda of the director in the acquisition of the Kevin Spacey painting. She is more interested in an actor pretending to be somebody than a work of art that is saturated in historic and patriotic symbolism and captured the remarkable and historic presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump.
This is the call record from the cell phone of Julian Raven. It is the call made to the office of Director Kim Sajet and the return call she made.
The Trump Painting By Artist Julian Raven from New York. The Trump Painting was on display at the 2016 RNC in Cleveland New York. The Trump Portrait was seen at the New York Delegation's hotel in the center of Cleveland. The Trump painting was also part of a 5 second video show at the RNC convention. The video by Trump Executive Lynne Patton featured the image of the Trump Painting on the side of the Trump Truck.
The Trump Painting and The Trump Presidential Portrait webpage. The Trump Painting has been on a prophetic journey since its creation back in the summer of 2015. Trump Painting, Trump Portrait and Trump Presidential Painting. Historic painting by artist Julian Raven, the Trump Painting has been seen across the country. The Trump Painting portrays Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America. You may ask where is The Trump Painting located? The Trump Portrait is presently on show at the artist's studio in Elmira, New York. A copy of The Trump Painting hangs proudly in the new Trump Campaign headquarters located in Trump Tower in New York City.