Pope.L, ‘Negro Idea #17’, Mixed Media, Vinyl on PVC, Doyle
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Negro Idea #17

Vinyl on PVC
12 × 11 in
30.5 × 27.9 cm
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D
Doyle

2003-04

Unframed

Condition: A Bates College label is affixed to the reverse. Light wear at lower …

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Pope.L
American, b. 1955
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Pope.L, who calls himself “The Friendliest Black Artist in America©” and is among the foremost contemporary performance artists, addresses labor, race, and identity in projects both searing and humorous. His work, which also includes photographs, sculptures, writings, paintings, drawings, and community projects, aligns with Fluxus. Asked if he considers himself an activist, he replied: “When people use the word activism today, it sounds like after-ism...The space I create in my work for others is more formalist, like, ‘change the world’” Among his numerous iconic pieces is The Great White Way, 22 miles, 9 years, 1 street (begun 1990), for which Pope.L donned a cape-less Superman costume, strapped a skateboard to his back, and dragged himself up the entire length of Manhattan’s Broadway—a visceral, ridiculous, poignant display, or, in his words, “public prostration in motion.”

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Doyle

2003-04

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Condition: A Bates College label is affixed to the reverse. Light wear at lower left, upper left and lower right corners.

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Not signed
Pope.L
American, b. 1955
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Pope.L, who calls himself “The Friendliest Black Artist in America©” and is among the foremost contemporary performance artists, addresses labor, race, and identity in projects both searing and humorous. His work, which also includes photographs, sculptures, writings, paintings, drawings, and community projects, aligns with Fluxus. Asked if he considers himself an activist, he replied: “When people use the word activism today, it sounds like after-ism...The space I create in my work for others is more formalist, like, ‘change the world’” Among his numerous iconic pieces is The Great White Way, 22 miles, 9 years, 1 street (begun 1990), for which Pope.L donned a cape-less Superman costume, strapped a skateboard to his back, and dragged himself up the entire length of Manhattan’s Broadway—a visceral, ridiculous, poignant display, or, in his words, “public prostration in motion.”

Pope.L

Negro Idea #17

Vinyl on PVC
12 × 11 in
30.5 × 27.9 cm
.
Bidding closed
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