Title: Art of the Deal
Artist: Mark Kostabi
Dimensions: 24" x 30"
Medium: Oil on canvas, 1996
Markings: Signed and dated in acrylic (recto), and countersigned, titled and annotated in acrylic (verso)
This original painting by world renowned artist Mark Kostabi came from a private collection, and it is an extremely rare work of art, based on the 1988 best selling book by Donald Trump entitled “Art of the Deal”. I visited Mark’s studio in Little Italy in 2001, and I asked him about the significance of the mousetrap in this painting, and he told me “I don’t like to sign contracts”.