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Collection Art-2D Collection
Catalog Number 2015.1.26
Object Name Print
Description "Agriculture and Commerce," 2014, from the portfolio "Drawn from the McClung Museum," lithograph and silkscreen by Ericka Walker. Edition: 1/30.

Designed in response to McClung Museum object: 1957.3.707, A Southern Aristocrat by Lloyd Branson, oil on canvas, 1896.

Artist statement: On a list of historical artifacts, A Southern Aristocrat stood out for its air of romantic myopia. Advertising the standards of a white American lady of privilege at the turn of the century-a sense of expected beauty, of poise, of social milieu-her portrait also tends to terminate the existence of that anonymous woman, cementing her in the past. A more contemporary read is that both as image and discrete object the painting acts, through its exclusivity of medium, to obscure the less-glamorous social, industrial, agricultural, and racial realities orbiting A Southern Aristocrat's regional existence. I felt printmaking, the workaday cousin of painting, could reintroduce her to the present, where she must still surely reside .
Title Agriculture and Commerce, from the portfolio Drawn from the McClung Museum
Date 2014
Role of Creator Artist
Creator Walker, Ericka
Medium ink
Material paper
Technique lithograph | screenprint
Dimensions H-15 W-20 inches
Credit line Gift of the artist
Subjects Race
Industrialization
Industry
Advertising
Cotton
Tobacco
Slavery
Wealth
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