Maybe one of the good things that can be said about uncertain, right wing-leaning political times is that they tend to produce some pretty great art. Typically left-leaning creative types often channel their frustrations and fears into powerful pieces, but thanks to the immediacy of Instagram you don't have to wait until gallery openings a year form now to get a glimpse into how the art world is reacting to Donald Trump's election.

The creative portion of the art world, predictably, is not happy with Donald Trump's victory. Artists like Ai Weiwei and Kenny Scharf seem to be convinced that the world itself may be ending, at least according to their postings. Ironically, art dealers are actually pretty hopeful. Art News spoke to art business insiders the day after Trump's victory, and they think he might actually help the art market (though, those who also describe themselves as liberals aren't happy about it).

“You have to separate the confusion and disappointment in the art world, and the macro-economic realities,” said Benjamin Genocchio, the director of the Armory Show. “That’s the paradox of the situation: the kind of people who participate in the art market are looking at a huge financial windfall.”

A movement so many believed would come to damn the elites may pave the way for them having the ability to buy even more expensive things!

In any event, the creative types aren't enjoying that silver lining. As we asked some art world luminaries to creat political poster for us before the election, it seems natural to check in on artists' Instagrams afterward.

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My fellow citizens: I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. Today we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free. It ought to be possible for every American to enjoy the privileges of being American without regard to his race or his color. In short, every American ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated. In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics. We are confronted primarily with a moral issue. It is as old as the scriptures and is as clear as the American Constitution. The heart of the question is whether all Americans are to be afforded equal rights and equal opportunities, whether we are going to treat our fellow Americans as we want to be treated. We preach freedom around the world, and we mean it, and we cherish our freedom here at home.The fires of frustration and discord are burning in every city, North and South.We face, therefore, a moral crisis as a country and as a people. It is not enough to pin the blame on others, to say this is a problem of one section of the country or another, or deplore the fact that we face. A great change is at hand, and our task, our obligation, is to make that revolution, that change, peaceful and constructive for all. This is one country. It has become one country because all of us and all the people who came here had an equal chance to develop their talents. Therefore, I am asking for your help in making it easier for us to move ahead and to provide the kind of equality of treatment which we would want ourselves. This is what we are talking about and this is a matter which concerns this country and what it stands for. -John F. Kennedy speaking to the American People on 11 June 1963

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Shepard Fairey

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I watched the election results with disbelief & dismay. I feel disheartened to acknowledge that whether by ignorance, hate, or both, a majority of the American voters have embraced xenophobia, sexism, racism, & a candidate w unprecedented narcissism, 0 experience as a public servant, and 0 ability to relate to the struggles of avg. Americans. I refuse to believe that the majority of Americans  share the values of #DonaldTrump. I think as a ppl. we are better than what Trump represents. I’m very concerned that we are eroding the civility that is necessary for our govt to function for the common good. We have taken a very dark turn as a nation. We all know that Clinton & Trump are the two most unpopular candidates to run for president, but their unfavorable attributes are not comparable. Clinton may exhibit careerism, but she has shown a compassionate commitment to vulnerable groups & public service for 30 + yrs. There is no doubt Clinton is extremely qualified to be president. Trump was born rich, has a history of reckless & unscrupulous business dealings, is a womanizer, a liar, & his greed/ego spit in the face of common good & equality. I can only hypothesize that the Trump win is a result of voter apathy on one side, as well as voter turnout driven by sexism & low information, on the other side. The main reason why my wife and I founded #MakeAmericaSmartAgain was to combat both of the factors I believe led to the Trump victory-voter apathy & low information. @govotemasa urges people to vote, but also to inform themselves about the issues that matter to them so that they may vote for, rather than against, their best interest. I’m horrified that we are now saddled w the results of apathy & ignorance. Clearly, we have a lot of work to do! We need to do everything we can to educate ourselves and others and push back against the culture of Trump. I’m feeling depressed, but not demotivated. This wake up call proves that rust never sleeps and cancer always grows. Let's look in our hearts and do everything we can to reject idiocracy, embrace our common humanity and common good, and push for informed empowerment and GOOD ideas within our democracy!

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The artist behind Obama's "Hope" poster (who felt that the president never truly lived up to the image, and only reluctantly came to support Clinton after getting behind Bernie Sanders in the primaries) was gutted by the outcome.

Laurie Simmons

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Kenny Scharf

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The street artist wasn't subtle.

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