How should the critical contemporary respond to the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States in 2016? This is what the American art historian and critic Hal Foster asks in his new book, What Comes after Farce. The choice of Trump was, after all, a cross-border moment where a clown was elected to the most powerful office in the world.
What does art do when the world has become farcelike? Trump is a tasteless, smug wrestling impresario, a character from the most tumultuous reality TV show, a racist construction speculator. In short, a fool. If there was a remnant of rationality left in politics, it disappeared when Trump took over after Obama. Politics turned into a joke. It was a Dadaist. . .
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