Painter David B. Frye mounted a series of his “Lincoln Paintings” against a very fitting background: a wall painted to look like a wood cabin. These are not odes to the 16th president, though. Instead, they’re cheeky eviscerations of the American hero, featuring him engaged in lewd sexual acts (with a mermaid and a slave), and catching coins thrown by a nude woman (a stripper, perhaps, given the nearby pole) who stands on a spotlit red circle that resembles a penny and reads “In God We Trust.” Frye has also created a white wood sculpture of Lincoln with very long, pipe-like genitalia.
The artist was inspired by what he perceived as excessive restrictions regarding sex in American society, and a comparative lack of concern for violence. “I began to think that people were manipulating history to the point that it was almost farcical,” Frye said. “I decided that I would paint pictures that used sex and racism together to create a farcical landscape, sort of like an alternative American history based entirely on lies.” In our post-truth era, the laughably slanderous tableaux are particularly apt. Painting prices range from $4,000 to $5,000, while the sculpture (wonderfully titled Sick Semper Tired Anus) costs $40,000.