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Gina (Mexico) from the series "Africa's Legacy in Mexico"

1986, printed 1994 Tony Gleaton Born: Detroit, Michigan 1948 Died: Palo Alto, California 2015 gelatin silver print sheet: 14 x 11 in. (35.5 x 28.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase © 1994 Tony Gleaton. Reproduction of this image requires the Artist's permission. 1994.11.8 Not currently on view


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Gleaton’s photographs, and his mission to discover the range and nature of African diasporic life in the America’s, are inevitably entangled with issues of racial and cultural identity. But his portraits – Gina (Mexico) is one, are often frontal and as formal as the images of models and socialites he photographed in the 1970s for British Vogue. Abstracting his subjects from the reality of day-to-day life, he invests each with a sense of dignity and individuality that transcends time and place.


African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012

Keywords

Ethnic - Mexican

Figure female - child - knee length

Landscape - Mexico

Object - written matter - calendar

Portrait female - unidentified - Gina

Religion - New Testament - Mary

photography - photoprint

paper

gelatin silver

About Tony Gleaton

Born: Detroit, Michigan 1948 Died: Palo Alto, California 2015

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