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Black Star Press (rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise); Press, Black Star

Kelley Walker (American, born 1969). Black Star Press (rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise); Press, Black Star, 2006. Chocolate on digital print on canvas, 83 x 104 inches (210.8 x 264.2 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Charlotte A. Watson Fund, by exchange, and Gift of Mrs. Seymour H. Knox, Sr., by exchange, 2008 (2008:12a-b). © 2006 Kelley Walker, Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.

© Kelley Walker

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© Kelley Walker

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Kelley Walker

American, born 1969

Black Star Press (rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise); Press, Black Star, 2006

diptych: digital print with silkscreened chocolate on canvas

2008:12a (left panel): 83 x 52 inches (210.82 x 132.08 cm); 2008:12b (right panel): 83 x 52 inches (210.82 x 132.08 cm); overall: 83 x 104 inches (210.82 x 264.16 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Charlotte A. Watson Fund, by exchange, and Gift of Mrs. Seymour H. Knox, Sr., by exchange, 2008

2008:12a-b

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Provenance

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York;
May 6, 2008, purchased by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Class

Digital prints
Prints

Work Type

Digital print (visual work)
Screen print

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Kelley Walker’s artwork uses advertising and appropriated images to comment on politics, violence, and consumer culture. In Black Star Press (rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise); Press, Black Star, Walker manipulates an iconic Civil Rights–era image taken by the photojournalist Charles Moore for the photographic agency Black Star. Instead of simply replicating the photograph, Walker rotates it and overlays portions of the silkscreened image with chocolate—a material process that reinforces the issues of race and confrontation depicted in the image. Other works by Walker deploy similar approaches, such as the addition of whitening toothpaste to R&B magazine covers and the digital alteration of disaster photographs to mimic advertisements. Walker appropriates mass media images as a commentary on how these already loaded images can act as a further basis for sociopolitical meaning.

Label from DECADE: Contemporary Collecting 2002–2012, August 21, 2012–January 6, 2013

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