Shooting Stars, 2011 - Hank Willis Thomas

About the Work

About Shooting Stars

In this print, Hank Willis Thomas "unbrands" the iconic symbol of Michael Jordan going for a slam dunk by following it with a similar figure pointing a gun instead of a basketball. The text at the bottom reads, "Blacks were ...

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In this print, Hank Willis Thomas "unbrands" the iconic symbol of Michael Jordan going for a slam dunk by following it with a similar figure pointing a gun instead of a basketball. The text at the bottom reads, "Blacks were 6 times more likely than whites to be murdered in 2005. 94% of blacks were killed by other blacks." Here, Willis Thomas comments on the aspirations of young black men in America, as well as the harsh realities of their lives.

Proceeds from the sale of this work will support the Transmedia Project "Question Bridge: Black Males." Learn more about Question Bridge here.

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About the Artist

About Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas is a photo conceptual artist working with themes related to identity, history, and popular culture. He received his BFA from New York ...

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Hank Willis Thomas is a photo conceptual artist working with themes related to identity, history, and popular culture. He received his BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and his MFA in photography, along with an MA in visual criticism, from California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. Thomas has acted as a visiting professor at CCA and in the MFA programs at Maryland Institute College of Art and ICP/Bard and has lectured at Yale University, Princeton University, the Birmingham Museum of Art, and the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. His work has been featured in several publications including 25 under 25: Up-and-Coming American Photographers (CDS, 2003) and 30 Americans (RFC, 2008), as well as his monograph Pitch Blackness (Aperture, 2008). He received a new media fellowship through the Tribeca Film Institute and was an artist in residence at John Hopkins University as well as a 2011 fellow at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University. He has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and abroad. Thomas's work is in numerous public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art. His collaborative projects have been featured at the Sundance Film Festival and installed publicly at the Oakland International Airport, the Oakland Museum of California, and the University of California, San Francisco. He is an Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media, Columbia College Chicago Spring 2012 Fellow.

Proceeds from the sale of this work will support the Transmedia Project "Question Bridge: Black Males." Learn more about Question Bridge here.

Courtesy of the artist

Click here to read our interview with Hank Willis Thomas on race and branding in his art.

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Shooting Stars, 2011

Hank Willis Thomas

Print
Size Price
28.50" x 18.00" $1,500
Edition of 30

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Question Bridge

Description

Magnesium plate relief print on cotton rag paper.

Authentication

Signed by the artist on recto.

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