In August 2016, Time ran a cover with an orange face topped by yellow hair, the colors bleeding into the black background. The subject? Then-presidential hopeful Donald Trump. The title? "Meltdown." In October 2014, the magazine followed it up with the same orange face, now puddled on the page, titled "Total Meltdown." Then there was Der Spiegel’s "America First" cover, with Trump holding the severed head of the Statue of Liberty. The artist behind them all? Cuban-American Edel Rodriguez, dubbed “America’s illustrator in chief” by Fast Company.
Now Rodriguez brings his political works to Portland in Agent Orange, an exhibit opening January 25 at Wieden & Kennedy, timed to coincide with the anniversary of Trump’s first year in office. The exhibit will debut a new piece (see below for the animated version) alongside large-scale versions of his iconic works, with 100 signed fine-art prints also on sale. Net proceeds will benefit a refugee rescue organization called Proactiva Open Arms. It’s the first exhibit to showcase Rodriguez’s artwork and magazine covers depicting the 45th president.
Click through our slideshow above for a sneak peak at some of the works on show. The opening night reception runs 5:30–8:30 p.m. Thursday, January 25.
9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon–Fri thru Feb 23, Wieden & Kennedy, FREE