Derrick Adams - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, April 16, 2024 | Phillips
  • “People don’t give themselves the freedom to think about doing nothing as something that is radical in itself.”
    — Derrick Adams 



    • Literature

      Ars Publicata, Derrick Adams, 2019.02

    • 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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Self Portrait on Float

Woodcut in colors with gold leaf collage, on heavy wove paper, the full sheet.
S. 40 x 40 in. (101.6 x 101.6 cm)
Signed and numbered 23/50 in pencil (there were also 10 artist's proofs), published by Tandem Press, Madison, Wisconsin (with their inkstamp on the reverse), unframed.

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$4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $13,970

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