Olmec Afropick

A work made of woodcut in black on ivory japanese paper.

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  • A work made of woodcut in black on ivory japanese paper.

Date:

2005

Artist:

Sanford Biggers
American, born 1970

About this artwork

Biggers, who earned his MFA from SAIC in 1999, was first exposed to printmaking during a trip to Japan as an undergraduate. In this print the artist took an Afro pick in the shape of a Black Power salute—a popular commercial item in the 1970s—and depicted it in the style of Pre-Columbian art. The work references speculative theories regarding possible transatlantic trade networks between ancient Africans and native peoples in Mexico prior to the colonization of North America by Europeans.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Sanford Biggers

Title

Olmec Afropick

Origin

United States

Date

2005

Medium

Woodcut in black on ivory Japanese paper

Dimensions

1,829 x 699 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Jane E. Ratcliffe Coakley

Reference Number

2009.706

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