Hank Willis Thomas is a photo conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to Identity, history and popular culture. Negroes to be sold appropriate and riffs on the form and appearance of eighteenth-century advertisements for the sale of slaves, inserting familiar silhouettes of contemporary sports and entertainment figures and please of the now iconic figures used to represent enslaved bodies. Realized as a laser-cut relief print, Thomas has captured the style and tactile quality of eighteenth-century prints with raised lettering that renders the printing surface as a sculptural relief. The original auction advertisement appropriated by the artist was published in Charleston, South Carolina on April 26th, 1760.
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Hank Willis Thomas is a photographer, sculptor, and conceptual artist born in Plainfield, NJ. He earned his BFA in photography and Africana studies from New York University, and an MA in visual criticism and an MFA in photography from California C...Read More ⟶