Renee Cox, ‘The Oneness’, 2015, Rush Philanthropic Benefit Auction 2015

Jamaican-born Renee Cox is both an artist and activist, challenging sexist and racist stereotypes through her prolific practice. Although her socially and politically engaged photographs typically portray female protagonists, The Oneness features a seemingly infinite mandala pattern of an idealized yet emasculated man. Cox has participated in the Venice Biennale and major exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Brooklyn Museum; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston.


Image rights: Courtesy of Renee Cox

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