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Gold Dust Twins, 2011

Embossed inkjet print on cotton rag paper
24 × 27 in
61 × 68.6 cm
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About the work

Estimated retail value: $10,000

In images both searing and wry, Hank Willis Thomas explores black …

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Estimated retail value: $10,000

In images both searing and wry, Hank Willis Thomas explores black identity and stereotypes. “I am interested in the ways that popular imagery informs how people perceive themselves and others,” he once explained.

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Hank Willis Thomas
American, b. 1976
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Conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas uses photography to explore issues of identity, history, race, and class. Inspired by the works of Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, and his mother, photographer Deborah Willis, he employs language and familiar imagery to address issues that are often overlooked in our pop culture-obsessed, consumerist culture. Appropriated print advertisements from 1968—a landmark year in the Civil Rights Movement—are stripped of their context to open up questions of cultural stereotypes and the way the media perpetuates them, while in the series “Branded” he inverts the work, adding contemporary ad copy to provocative images. “In recent years I have approached my art practice assuming the role of a visual culture archaeologist,” Thomas has said. “I am interested in the ways that popular imagery informs how people perceive themselves and others around the world.”

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About the work

Estimated retail value: $10,000

In images both searing and wry, Hank Willis Thomas explores black …

Read more

Estimated retail value: $10,000

In images both searing and wry, Hank Willis Thomas explores black identity and stereotypes. “I am interested in the ways that popular imagery informs how people perceive themselves and others,” he once explained.

Children's Museum of the Arts Benefit Auction

Framed

Framed

Signature
Yes
Image rights
Courtesy of the artist
Hank Willis Thomas
American, b. 1976
Follow

Conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas uses photography to explore issues of identity, history, race, and class. Inspired by the works of Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, and his mother, photographer Deborah Willis, he employs language and familiar imagery to address issues that are often overlooked in our pop culture-obsessed, consumerist culture. Appropriated print advertisements from 1968—a landmark year in the Civil Rights Movement—are stripped of their context to open up questions of cultural stereotypes and the way the media perpetuates them, while in the series “Branded” he inverts the work, adding contemporary ad copy to provocative images. “In recent years I have approached my art practice assuming the role of a visual culture archaeologist,” Thomas has said. “I am interested in the ways that popular imagery informs how people perceive themselves and others around the world.”

Gold Dust Twins, 2011

Embossed inkjet print on cotton rag paper
24 × 27 in
61 × 68.6 cm
Bidding closed
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