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Hank Willis Thomas, 2008
Featured in the In Your Face exhibition
Materials: Lightjet print
Dimensions: 76.2 x 101.6 cm, 30 x 40 inches
Hank Willis Thomas has gained wide recognition with his highly provocative works of art, which address the commodification of African-American male identity by raising questions about visual culture and the power of logos. Through his powerful, message-driven works, Hank Willis Thomas engages with issues of grief, black-on-black violence in America and the ways in which corporate culture is complicit in the crises of black male identity. The artist's characteristic pointedness and dark humor has propelled him into the art world and established him as one of today's most compelling emerging artists. With his piece entitled Black Power, Thomas incorporates elements of the black male stereotype in a way that is direct, confrontational, and clearly, "In Your Face."