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A work made of gelatin silver prints with applied plastic plaques.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver prints with applied plastic plaques.

Date:

1990

Artist:

Lorna Simpson
American, born 1960

About this artwork

Lorna Simpson first became known in the 1980s for work that confronted race, gender, and history. Employing the African American woman as a visual point of departure, she combined large-scale, multi-panel photographs with affixed text in order to put text and image into a poetic confrontation. In Outline, the photographs—a woman with no face, an isolated rope of braided hair—make reference to anthropological studies of Africans whose subjects were stereotypically portrayed in terms of isolated physical features. Simpson provides a voice in the form of text fragments, which join to form new words—"backlash" and "back pay," for example—that evoke historic and contemporary forms of exploitation.

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Artist

Lorna Simpson

Title

Outline

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1990

Medium

Gelatin silver prints with applied plastic plaques

Dimensions

30 × 53 cm (braid); 121 × 101 cm (back)

Credit Line

Gift of Boardroom, Inc.

Reference Number

1992.601a-b

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