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  • Provenance

    Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    "I believe that in part, advertising’s success rests on its ability to reinforce generalizations around race, gender and ethnicity which can be entertaining, sometimes true, and sometimes horrifying, but which at a core level are a reflection of the way a culture views itself or its aspirations." Hank Willis Thomas, 2009

  • Artist Biography

    Hank Willis Thomas

    American • 1976

    Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to perspective identity, commodity, media, and popular culture. Willis employs the visual language and terminology of mass media, often appropriating symbols and images from popular culture, to investigate the idea of representation. At the core of his practice has been photography, and, by extension, the truth claims inherent to imagery.

    Several of his series have explored the influence that power structures, such as advertising agencies and governing bodies, exert over our understanding of the world, while other works have played into the influence of social media outlets such as Instagram.

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The Liberation of T.O. I'm not goin back ta' work for massa in dat' darn field

2003
Lambda photograph
58 x 50 1/2 in. (147.3 x 128.3 cm)

Estimate
$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $8,750

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York Auction 10 November 2015 11am