Nov 14, 2022
Nov 14, 2022

I am Black, I am Black, I am Dangerously Black

I am Black, I am Black, I am Dangerously Black


Camille Billops

(American, b. 1939)

Etching and aquatint with chine collé on Arches wove paper

Platemark: 30.1 x 43 cm (11 7/8 x 16 15/16 in.); Sheet: 56.5 x 76 cm (22 1/4 x 29 15/16 in.)

Alma and Robert D. Milne Fund 2022.96

State: state IV/IV

Edition: Edition of 20

Impression: 15/20

Did you know?

Camille Billops was one of many artists who worked with master printer Robert Blackburn in his New York print shop. She trained there with artist Romare Bearden the year this print was made.


This print is one of many works in which Camille Billops explored the experiences and intersections of Blackness and womanhood. A nude woman appears in an imaginary landscape, evoking the long tradition of this subject throughout art history, but with a geometricized style meant to reference artworks encountered during the artist's travels throughout Africa several years before. Its title suggests Billops’s frustration with power struggles encountered while negotiating a place within the New York art world of the 1960s and '70s.

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