Derrick Adams - New Now London Thursday, December 9, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Tandem Press, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • 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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Party Guest 1 (We Came to Party and Plan Series)

signed, numbered and dated '20/50 Derrick Adams 20' lower margin
screenprint and paper collage on card
60.8 x 45.7 cm (23 7/8 x 17 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2020, this work is number 20 from an edition of 50.

£2,000 - 3,000 

Sold for £2,772

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London Auction 9 December 2021