(American, b. 1965)
Collage of photogravures, plasticine, paint, ink, and found objects
Support: Rag paper
Sheet: 34.3 x 26.6 cm (13 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.)
Judith and James Saks in memory of Lynn and Dr. Joseph Tomarkin Endowment 2003.340
© Ellen Gallagher. Courtesy Gagosian.
Ellen Gallagher was drawn to wig advertisements like the one used in this collage due to their grid-like structure.
Ellen Gallagher's work addresses the history of African American stereotypes. In this collage, the artist appropriated an advertisement for glamorous wigs from a 1960s issue of Ebony, a magazine geared toward African Americans. Using plasticine, toy eyeballs, paint, and ink, she exaggerated and completely transformed the images that once promised to beautify the magazine's average reader.
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