Dread Scott - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, October 24, 2023 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

  • Artist Biography

    Dread Scott

    American • 1965

    Dread Scott is known for his provocative and frequently controversial work that illuminates the realities of oppression and exclusion. His 1989 work What is the Proper Way to Display a US Flag? attracted national attention and sparked massive protests about the sacredness and inviolability of the symbol of America. Never shying from controversy, Scott’s work has always tackled contentious topics with bravery and tact. 

    For the piece I Am Not a Man, 2009, the artist wandered the streets in Harlem, New York wearing a sign that read the title of the work. According to Scott, “throughout the walk, action in the performance evoked the humiliation that is visited on Black people and the negation that defines our existence.” The performance – which took place on September 9, 2009 – alludes to 1968 Memphis Sanitation workers strike by inverting its iconic sign ‘I Am a Man’. Further, by repudiating the assumption that the United States has entered a ‘post-racial’ era, “I Am Not a Man resides in the uncomfortable space between a race-free fantasy world and the lived experience of millions.”

    The focus of Scott’s work can perhaps best be comprehended by understanding his name. His professional name carries a myriad of interpretations: it evokes Dred Scott, the black slave who filed a lawsuit for his freedom during the 1850s while also referring to Rastafarian dreadlocks and bringing up the concept of dread. 

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Imagine a World Without America

Screenprint in colors, on Magnani Incisione 310 gsm paper, the full sheet.
S. 25 x 25 in. (63.5 x 63.5 cm)
Signed, titled, dated and numbered 11/19 in pencil on the reverse (there were also 2 artist's proofs), published by the artist, printed by Lower East Side Printshop, New York (with their blindstamp), framed.

$1,000 - 2,000 

Sold for $699

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 24-26 October 2023