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In his wide-ranging conceptual practice, Hank Willis Thomas explores how American society commodifies Black male identity. His works—which span photography, sculpture, textile, installation, and more—often reflect on media representations and social justice. In his photography series “Branded,” the artist digitally added a scarred Nike logo onto pictures of a Black model. For “Unbranded,” he removed texts and logos from advertisements. In “The Writing on the Wall” (2020), Thomas projected incarcerated people’s writings on the façades of criminal justice buildings in Manhattan. Thomas studied at New York University before pursuing a dual MA and MFA in visual criticism and photography at California College of the Arts. He has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, London, Milan, Brussels, São Paulo, Berlin, and Paris, among other cities. His work belongs in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Hong Kong Arts Centre, the Museum of Modern Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Thomas is also a co-founder of For Freedoms, an organization that promotes civic engagement via large-scale public projects.

Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2020
Hank Willis Thomas : Don’t Let Money Change YouBen Brown Fine Arts
2018
Hank Willis Thomas: My Life is OursBen Brown Fine Arts
2015
Hank Willis Thomas: The Truth Is I See YouPublic Art Fund
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Intentionally Left Blanc, 2012

Screenprint on retro-reflective paper
155 1/2 × 104 × 4 1/2 in
395 × 264.2 × 11.4 cm
Edition of 5
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Location
Johannesburg, Cape Town, London, East Hampton
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In his wide-ranging conceptual practice, Hank Willis Thomas explores how American society commodifies Black male identity. His works—which span photography, sculpture, textile, installation, and more—often reflect on media representations and social justice. In his photography series “Branded,” the artist digitally added a scarred Nike logo onto pictures of a Black model. For “Unbranded,” he removed texts and logos from advertisements. In “The Writing on the Wall” (2020), Thomas projected incarcerated people’s writings on the façades of criminal justice buildings in Manhattan. Thomas studied at New York University before pursuing a dual MA and MFA in visual criticism and photography at California College of the Arts. He has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, London, Milan, Brussels, São Paulo, Berlin, and Paris, among other cities. His work belongs in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Hong Kong Arts Centre, the Museum of Modern Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Thomas is also a co-founder of For Freedoms, an organization that promotes civic engagement via large-scale public projects.

Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)

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