Lot #18: Willie Cole, American Domestic, 2016

Willie Cole
American Domestic, 2016
Digital Pigment and Serigraph
36 x 30 inches
Edition of 50
Master Printer: Jase Clark
Experimental Printmaking Institute, Lafayette College, Easton, PA
Estimate: $2,400

Artist website

In this piece, American Domestic (2016), artist Willie Cole appropriates imagery from an iconic piece of the
American visual art canon: Grant Wood’s painting American Gothic (1930). Cole, however, uses his unique and
playful perspective to modify the original with some of his trademark symbols: irons, scorch marks, and
African religious iconography. By refashioning Wood’s original, Cole is able to ask questions about the
legacy of African American domestic work, homemaking, and the place of African Americans and African
American artists in the broader American artistic canon.

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