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Love Train

A work made of inkjet print.
Image courtesy D'Angelo Lovell Williams/Higher Pictures

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  • A work made of inkjet print.




D’Angelo Lovell Williams
American, born 1992

About this artwork

D’Angelo Lovell Williams’s photographs investigate Black queer subjectivities and complicate stereotypes of Black masculinity by depicting self-love and collective embrace. In Love Train, Williams depicts himself alongside two artists who are also close friends and collaborators—painter Jarvis Boyland and sculptor Cameron Clayborn. The three stand atop a makeshift stage, and their synchronized hand gestures, mimicking a locomotive, allude to the choreography of legendary male R&B trio the O’Jays, whose hit single provides the work’s title. Wearing shimmering black tops and nylon stockings, they stand in contrast with the conventional gendered wardrobe of their historical counterparts.


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Contemporary Art


D'Angelo Lovell Williams


Love Train

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Inkjet print


127 × 101.6 cm (50 × 40 in.)

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Gift of Eric Ceputis and David W. Williams

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