Objet d’Art: Resist!

Every month, Interview picks an artist or designer created object that straddles the line between aesthetics and function. Subdued tastes need not apply.

“The first week of the new administration left me, and the great majority of people I know, feeling completely devastated, and somewhat helpless,” Los Angeles-based photographer Anna Beeke recalls. Like many of us, Beeke felt whiplashed by President Trump’s election, the continuing turmoil, and the dawning of a new age of alternative facts. (O brave new world!)

But—unlike many of us–Beeke opted not to wallow in the dread, and instead devised a brilliantly simple form of resistance: Art x Resist. As part of the project, which launched last week, participating artists are selling original prints of their work, ranging from photography to drawings, the proceeds of which go to charities of their choosing.

“Art x Resist came about from wanting to do something other than get sucked into a Facebook vortex of bad news and comment wars, and trying to figure out how I could push back with my particular skill set,” says Beeke.

Over 40 artists, including Dalia Amara, Aaron Wax, Sally Bozzuto, and Beeke herself, have contributed work for sale—all for only $30. The benefitting charities include the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Immigration Law Center, and Planned Parenthood. Only eight days in, they’ve raised $3,400.

“I hope that participating artists feel empowered by the donations their work yields, get some new exposure to folks who haven’t seen their work, and get introduced (if only virtually) to some other amazing artists they did not know before,” Beeke says.

Silver linings—they’re to be found even in the most desperate of times. They key is knowing where to look.


Objet D’Art runs every month. For more, click here.