This durable tote bag is made of heavy cotton canvas and features a design by artist Willie Cole (American, b. 1955) on both the front and the back.
Dimensions: 14" x 15" x 4"
Black Art Matters is an affirmation of the importance and presence of Black Art socially, academically, culturally, and institutionally. It both teaches and celebrates the Black artist’s contribution to the human experience.
10% of the proceeds from the sale of Willie Cole’s Black Art Matters Merchandise are donated to Wells Bring Hope whose mission is saving lives with safe water. Learn more and donate at wellsbringhope.org
About Artist Willie Cole:
Willie Cole is an African American artist whose artistic rise began in the 1980s. His ability to manipulate American consumer objects into African forms have led him to be dubbed both a transformer and a trickster. In his artworks the influence of dada, pop, and art provera blend into a kind of perceptual engineering that distinguishes him among his peers and begs the question “are you going to believe me or your lying eyes? “
Cole is best known for his assemblage sculptures made from steam irons or high heel shoes, and his “scorch” paintings and drawing made with a hot iron. With the steam iron he addresses issues of social injustice, both past and present, and redefines the scorch mark as a potent symbol of race, and the black diasporic experience. Alternatively in his high heel assemblages he compresses female energy and emotions into tribal-like masks and figurines that appear as if they are one breath away from being alive.
In 2006 Willie Cole was the first visual artist to receive the David Driskell Prize celebrating his contributions to the field of African American Art. He was born in 1955 in Somerville New Jersey. Among his generation of African American Artists are Kerry James Marshall, Carrie Mae Weems, Fred Wilson, Glenn Ligon, and Allison Saar to name a few.
Willie Cole’s art is in the permanent collection of major museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; The Museum of Modern Art, NYC; The Newark Museum of Art, Newark.