"Untitled (Colored People Grid)" (2009-10) - 11-pigment ink print and colored clay papers framed by Carrie Mae Weems. Photo: Unknown

Carrie Mae Weems review:

A stark dash of color

By Kenneth Baker for the San Francisco Gate on October 18, 2013

With photographs and the mingling of pictures and text that conceptual art licensed around the turn of the 70s, Weems, who last month received a mid-six-figure "genius grant" from the MacArthur Foundation - a prestigious award almost comparable to the Nobel Prize - probes various dimensions of racial awareness. Rather than challenge the concept of race, she exposes various uses of it as a pretext that people use to justify belittling and abuse of one another or of themselves...For example, in the sequence "Colored People" (1989-90), Weems offers a quiet critique of the slang African Americans sometimes use to label one another, to discriminate among themselves.

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Carrie Mae Weems is an UC San Diego Visual Arts MFA Alumna.

Image courtesy of the Artist Carrie Mae Weems and the San Francisco Gate.

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