Black Art Matters T-Shirt
by Willie Cole
Black Art Matters is an affirmation of the importance and presence of Black Art socially, academically, culturally, and institutionally. It both teaches and celebrates the Black artist’s contribution to the human experience.
Cole is best known for his assemblage sculptures made from steam irons or high heel shoes, and his “scorch” paintings and drawing made with a hot iron. With the steam iron he addresses issues of social injustice, both past and present, and redefines the scorch mark as a potent symbol of race, and the black diasporic experience. Alternatively in his high heel assemblages he compresses female energy and emotions into tribal-like masks and figurines that appear as if they are one breath away from being alive.
In 2006 Willie Cole was the first visual artist to receive the David Driskell Prize celebrating his contributions to the field of African American Art. He was born in 1955 in Somerville New Jersey. Among his generation of African American Artists are Kerry James Marshall, Carrie Mae Weems, Fred Wilson, Glenn Ligon, and Allison Saar to name a few.
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