Ward Schumaker Book Publication - Hate is What We Need On March 27th, Chronicle Books will release Ward Schumaker's book of paintings titled, "Hate is What We Need". This book translates the political context of our current moment into visceral works of art. Schumaker turns some of Donald Trump’s most egregious statements into emphatic text-based paintings. Hate Is What We Need reminds us that no matter how numb we have become to the constant barrage of vitriol and dishonesty emanating from the current White House, this state of the union is not normal. afterward for Hate Is What We Need I am an artist, a painter––of books. Big, messy, one-of-a-kind hand-painted books. Frequently containing stenciled lettering, sloppy calligraphy, approaching and often accomplishing incomprehensibility. Subject of these books? Beauty, for the most part, but including snippets of spiritual texts, fragments of dreams, and apparently irrelevant and/or inscrutable instructions. Not for the reader in search of plot, betterment, or popular imagery. And nothing political. Never anything political. But then the night of horror arrived, that night in which the world itself became less comprehensible than many of us had previously assumed (and hoped) it to be: the night Donald J. Trump was elected president of the United States. Not with a majority (we all know Hillary won that) but an officially authorized win, nevertheless––a frightening, disheartening, dangerous and destructive win. Since that night, my wife and I have awoken each day with the questions we share with so many: what new horror had Donald committed while we slept, what vile inanity had he voiced, who had become his latest victim? How much closer was the world to nuclear holocaust? My personal vision of Beauty had always seemed sufficient subject for my painting. Living under Trump seems to have changed that. This book is a small effort to respond to Trump's menace: a collection of hard-to-believe, highly regrettable, dangerous, mean-spirited and ill-informed words from the orange-faced comb-over, himself. I am certain to have missed some of your favorites, and I am certain that each week there will be more statements that deserve to be included. All I can answer to that is: Resist.