When Donald J. Trump bought the Bonwit Teller building in 1979, the young developer promised that the Art Deco friezes adorning the department store would live out their days at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He, of course, lied. Jackhammers turned the limestone nudes to dust for the sake of expediency. In their place, he erected Trump Tower, a landmark now synonymous with nouveau-riche baroque. A case of radical erasure and accelerated repetition, Trump’s black-mirror castle calls authorship into question as it relates to the intermingling of art and history.
Emma McMillan’s new paintings and