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Maker(s):Wilson, Fred
Culture:American (1954- )
Title:X from the Exit Art portfolio Tantra
Date Made:2005
Materials:Digital chromogenic print on Duratrans© film
Measurements:Frame: 28 x 26 3/4 x 1 3/8 in; 71.1 x 67.9 x 3.5 cm; Mat: 27 3/4 in x 26 1/2 in; 70.5 cm x 67.3 cm; Sheet: 21 15/16 in x 20 15/16 in; 55.7 cm x 53.2 cm; Image: 18 1/2 in x 17 7/16 in x 1 in; 47 cm x 44.3 cm x 2.5 cm
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE: front, lwr. r. (white ink): Fred Wilson; EDITION: front, lwr. l. (white ink): 39/50
Accession Number:  UM 2012.6.3.6
Credit Line:Gift of Exit Art
Museum Collection:  University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

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Making Their Mark label text:
Fred Wilson is known for his practice with institutional critique, in which he questions how curators and historians shape interpretations of historical truth, artistic value, and the language of display. His work, such as his popular installation piece Mining the Museum, which took place at the Baltimore Historical Society just a couple of years before this print was created, works with re-contextualizing and juxtaposing existing art objects and cultural artifacts. In this print, he juxtaposes the images of Malcolm X and John Singer Seargent's Madame X, to bring up questions of iconography and celebrity, and how issues such as race play into how they are developed. - Pauline Miller, ICP Intern, Summer 2014

African American; politicians; civil rights; figures; men; portraits; race

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