© Awol Erizku, Lady with a Pitbull, 2009. Courtesy of the artist & Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, NYC.
Awol Erizku: June 14 - July 20, 2012 at Hasted Kraeutler:
Awol Erizku’s photographs reference classical art works to include models of color in order to emphasize, and draw attention to the lack of racial diversity represented in art history. Erizku creates images such as, Girl with a Bamboo Earring, 2009 in which he replaces Johannes Vermeer’s Dutch sitter, in Girl with a Pearl Earring (c. 1665) with a contemporary African-American woman. Growing up in the Bronx, “the negativity that went on in my community made me want to paint a positive image of the people who might not necessarily fit the stereotype. Going to a school that didn’t necessarily reflect the kind of people I lived around and grew up with also made me want to make images that best represented the people I saw on a day to day basis but weren’t glorified in pop culture.”
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