Derrick Adams - Wired: Online Auction London Wednesday, May 11, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Brooklyn Museum, 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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Woman and Man in Grayscale

each signed and numbered and dated 'Derrick Adams 2017 17/25' on the reverse
giclée print on paper, in 2 parts
left part 60.9 x 46.2 cm (23 7/8 x 18 1/4 in.)
right part 61.2 x 45.8 cm (24 1/8 x 18 in.)

Executed in 2017, this work is number 17 from an edition of 25.

£3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for £2,520

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Wired: Online Auction

Online Auction 11 - 18 May 2022