Renee Cox, ‘Da Bush’, 2004, BAM Art Auction 2014

Estimate $10,000. Jamaican-born artist Renee Cox explores issues of race and womanhood through her body and photography. Her controversial work is focused on breaking down stereotypes and empowering women. While reminiscent of 19th-century ethnographic studies, the print also feels intensely charged in a contemporary way.

From The Maroon Series

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About Renee Cox

Deeply concerned with the racial discrepancies in society, the African American artist Renee Cox explores black identity through photography, collage, video, and other media, using the body to displace religious symbols from the white-centric paradigm. "I have a right to reinterpret the Last Supper as Leonardo da Vinci created the Last Supper with people who look like him. . . . It's about me having nothing to hide," the artist has said. Experimenting with freedom of speech and expression, the artist creates works that render gender politics, race, and sexuality aesthetically and politically controversial.

Jamaican-American, b. 1960