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  • Artist Biography

    Derrick Adams

    American • 1970

    Through the mediums of collage, video, sculpture and drawing, Brooklyn-based artist Derrick Adams explores the way mass media affects identity, particularly in the context of African Americans in contemporary culture.

    In his collage works mimicking television screens, Adams takes his source imagery from screen captures of old clips from YouTube, which he then uses as reference. “The images come from…everything from ‘Good Times’ to ‘Coming to America’ to Oprah on the news…These images I’m taking from all these shows—from comedy to news or whatever—all are representations of black characterization…These images can be problematic because they’re such a high-animated state that they become more like caricatures of themselves”. In rendering these reference images with blocks of color, Adams confronts the media’s deconstruction of reality. 

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Boy on Swan Float

2020
Woodcut and screenprint with fabric and collage in colors, on wove paper, the full sheet.
S. 31 x 45 in. (78.7 x 114.3 cm)
Signed, dated and numbered 15/30 in pencil, published by Tandem Press, Madison, Wisconsin, unframed.

Estimate
$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $10,710

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 20 - 22 April 2021