Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are once again in the news for all the wrong reasons. The power couple reportedly failed to disclose their art collection when they submitted their financial disclosure form.
Donald Trump’s daughter is an enthusiastic contemporary art collector. She and her husband reportedly own a formidable collection that includes artworks by Dan Colen, Alex Da Corte, Louis Eisner, and many other artists. As a senior adviser in the President administration, Jared Kushner is required to report his and Ivanka Trump’s collection of art in the financial disclosure form that he submitted to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. But, according to artnet News, he failed to do that, unlike other cabinet members such as Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, however, are expected to correct their omission and report their multimillion-dollar art collection in the new financial disclosure form. In a statement, a lawyer advising Kushner said that the works of art at Kushner-Trump’s house are for decorative purposes and are not investments. However, to avoid doubts surfacing, the couple will disclose their art collection, according to artnet News.
“Mr. Kushner and Ms. Trump display their art for decorative purposes and have made only a single sale. To avoid any doubt, however, they will report their art collection.”
As per the U.S. Office of Government Ethics’ rule, federal employees who have artworks that amount to a worth of more than $1000 are required to report them. However, Washington-based ethics lawyer Robert Walker told artnet News that a single sale did not mean that Jared Kushner would need to disclose his art assets.
“One can conclude that there is an investment purpose if there is a regular activity of selling or buying pieces of artwork. A single sale does not necessarily mean that Kushner will need to disclose his art assets.”
Ivanka Trump’s love for contemporary art is well-documented. Her Instagram account is full of pictures that provide a glimpse of her rich art collection. In 2013, she told Artsy that she and her husband enjoy visiting various studios in New York City and during their travels, adding that they only bought art that they both love and want to have in their home.
“We really enjoy visiting various artists’ studios both in NYC and during our travels. It has been a fun exploration of our personal and collective tastes. We only have two rules: we don’t buy art that we don’t love and we only buy something if we BOTH love it and want to live with it.”
Ivanka Trump may love art and artists, but artists apparently do not want to be associated with her in any form. Soon after Donald Trump won the Presidential election, a group of artists asked Ivanka Trump to remove their artworks from her New York City apartment.
“Dear @Ivankatrump please get my work off of your walls. I am embarrassed to be seen with you,” Alex Da Corte commented on an Instagram photo featuring Ivanka Trump in front one of his paintings.
Meanwhile, earlier this week, Ivanka Trump mistook a picture of former Lazio star Giorgio Chinaglia for a saint. The Guardian reported that when she and her husband were dining at Rome’s Le Cave di Sant’Ignazio in Rome, the first daughter spotted the photograph of the Lazio’s player on the wall. In the picture, he is standing on a pitch with his arms stretched, and he is looking up to the heavens.
Ivanka Trump reportedly asked, “Which saint is that?”
One of the restaurant owners Luigina Pantalone told Ansa, as quoted by The Guardian, “We explained to her that it was not a saint but a great Lazio player.”
The next day, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner accompanied Donald Trump and Melania Trump to the Vatican to meet the Pope.
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