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Golden Yella Girl

© Carrie Mae Weems

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© Carrie Mae Weems

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Carrie Mae Weems

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Carrie Mae Weems

American, born 1953

Golden Yella Girl, 1997

monochrome color photograph with silkscreened text on mat

Edition: 2/5

sheet: 30 x 30 inches (76.2 x 76.2 cm); framed: 31 x 31 x 1 1/2 inches (78.74 x 78.74 x 3.81 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., by exchange, 2008

P2008:20.2

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Photographs

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Color print (photograph)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

Carrie Mae Weems often turns the camera lens on herself and her family, documenting her experience as an African American. In her “Colored People” series, the artist references the “shades of blackness” people assign to themselves and others. By captioning monochromatic images with words that suggest innumerable meanings and interpretations, Weems creates visual puns that raise an important question: What does color mean? These photographs are a poignant reminder of the fact that all of us see the world through culturally determined filters.

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

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