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Hank Willis Thomas on group show at Duke University

Hank Willis Thomas’ work features on the latest group exhibition, People Get Ready: Building a Contemporary Collection, hosted by the Nasher Museum at Duke University in North Carolina (1 September – 6 January). Since opening in 2005, the Nasher Museum has been dedicated to building a groundbreaking collection of contemporary art. The museum’s collecting strategy emphasises works by diverse artists who have been historically underrepresented, or even excluded, by mainstream arts institutions, and maintains a particular focus on artists of African descent. Drawing primarily on the collection built over the last 12 years, People Get Ready includes works dating from 1970 to 2018 that engage issues ranging from cultural identity to social justice and environmentalism.

Solo Exhibition for Hank Willis Thomas at the Delaware Art Museum

Hank Willis Thomas’ Black Survival Guide: or How to Live Through a Police Riot is a series of 13 large-scale retroreflective screen prints commissioned by the Delaware Art Museum for a solo exhibition titled after the work (14 July – 30 September). For the series, Thomas collaged material drawn from the Delaware Historical Society with photographs taken of the 1868 National Guard occupation of Wilmington. The reflective surface of the prints make parts of the work only visible through the use of a torch – a conceptual conceit that refers to the searching required to uncover the unknown stories of our collective past.

Candice Breitz and Hank Willis Thomas on major exhibition celebrating ‘the king of pop’ in London

Work by Breitz and Thomas feature on the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition, Michael Jackson: On the Wall, commemorating the contribution of Michael Jackson to popular and contemporary visual culture (28 June – 21 October). Taking an interesting angle on celebrating the life of Jackson, the exhibition explores how the singer inspired some of the leading names in contemporary art. Curated by Dr Nicholas Cullinan, this major new exhibition spans several generations of artists who each work across a diverse range of media. The exhibition is scheduled to travel to multiple art institutions including The Grand Palais and Espoo Museum of Modern Art, but opens at the National Portrait Gallery to coincide with what would have been Jackson’s 60th birthday.

Hank Willis Thomas on major group show at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo

Work by Thomas features on a major group exhibition, Histórias Afro-Atlânticas, hosted by the Museu de Arte de São Paulo – organised in association with Instituto Tomie Ohtake – in Brazil (28 June – 21 October). The exhibition gathers a wide array of artworks and documents related to the ‘flows and re-flows’ between Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe. In showcasing a wide assortment of media, Histórias Afro-Atlânticas weaves and juxtaposes images from the sixteenth to twenty-first centuries in order to present a variety of topics including portraiture, religious symbolism, activism and academic engagement from these four regions of the globe.


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  • 2014 to 2015: Punctum

    2012: Wayfarer series

    2011: Strange Fruit

    2009: 1969 Series

    2001-2011: Branded

    2008: Unbranded: Reflections in Black Corporate America 1968 - 2008

  • Solo exhibitions

    Hank Willis Thomas / Ads Imitate Life / 2017

    Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014

    Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014

    Hank Willis Thomas / All Things Being Equal... / 2010

    Group exhibitions

    Narrative Means / 2018

    the silences between / 2017

    New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50

    Young, Gifted and Black / Curated by Hank Willis Thomas / 2015

    Edge of Silence / 2015

    Other People's Memories / 2015

    HANK WILLIS THOMAS / BLACK RIGHTEOUS SPACE / FEATURING THE BROTHER MOVES ON / 2014

    Advance/...Notice / 2012

    Eat Me / 2011

    In Other Words

    Winter Show / Joburg / 2010

    In Context / 2010

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  • Press for Hank Willis Thomas

    Hank Willis Thomas / The Brooklyn Rail / March 2016

    Branded: On the Semiotic Disobedience of Hank Willis Thomas by Sonia K Katyal (515.6 KB)

    YGB / Hyperallergic / November 2015

    All Lives Are Black Lives by Carey Dunne (3 MB)

    Young Gifted and Black / Business Day BDLive / October 2015

    Gifted young artists explore blackness by Chris Thurman (46.5 KB)

    Young, Gifted and Black / City Press / October 2015

    To Be Young, Gifted and Black, by Garreth van Niekerk (1002.5 KB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / The New Yorker / New York / 13 August 2015

    Instagram’s Mark on Public Art BY ANTWAUN SARGENT (332 KB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / Architectural Digest / New York / 14 August 2015

    HANK WILLIS THOMAS’S NEW INSTALLATION ABOUT TRUTH POPS UP IN DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN By Alexa Lawrence (375.4 KB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / Artnet.news / United States / 9 August 2015

    Hank Willis Thomas Speaks the Truth in 22 Languages By Sarah Cascone (3.2 MB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / The Boston Globe / Boston / 30 June 2015

    Hank Willis Thomas’s slick image masks a closed door By Sebastian Smee (167.6 KB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / Campaign / United kingdom / 6 July 2015

    What a decade of ads say about a woman's place by Marian Salzman (117 KB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / Art In America / New York / 3 June 2015

    Hank Willis Thomas By Jean Dykstra (271 KB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / Crave Online / Los Angeles / 18 May 2015

    What makes a white woman a white woman? By Ernest Hardy (1 MB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / The Brooklyn Rail / New York / May 2015

    In Conversation: Hank Willis Thomas with Allie Biswas By Allie Biswas (3 MB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / The Daily Beast / New York / 3 May 2015

    The Black Artist Who Thinks Race Is Fake By Emily Shire (950.3 KB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / International Center of Photography / New York / 30 April

    Interview with Hank Willis Thomas for question Bridge By Pauline Vermare (75.4 KB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / The Guardian / United Kingdom / 29 April 2015

    The truth about adverts: selling the White Woman By Arwa Mahdawi (2.1 MB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / Town and Country Magazine / New York / 20 April 2015

    101 Years of White Women in Ads by Kevin Conley (4.1 MB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / www.NPR.org / Washington D.C / 19 April 2015

    Wordless Ads Speak Volumes In 'Unbranded' Images Of Women By NPR Staff (498 KB)

    SP-Arte / Folha de S.Paulo / Brazil / 3 April 2015

    Equal in inequality, Brazil and South Africa lock dialogue in SP-Arte By Silas Marti (769.7 KB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / Huffpost Arts and Culture / United States / 9 April 2014

    How 100 Years Of Advertisements Created The 'White American Woman' By Huffpost Arts and Culture (5.3 MB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / Art News / New York / 7 April 2015

    'Advertising is fueled by prejudice': An hour with Hank Willis Thomas By M.H. Miller (528.3 KB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / Hyperallergic / Brooklyn / 20 March 2015

    Celebrating Photographers of Color and the Collectives That Have Nurtured Them by John Edwin Maso (5.7 MB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / Broadway World / United States / 27 February 2015

    Exhibition of Contemporary Art + Collection Opens 3/13 at Jewish Museum By Visual Arts News Desk (117 KB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / The Art News Paper / United Kingdom / 17 February 2015

    “Through a Lens Darkly” aims to show the hidden history of African American artists using the medium By Iain Millar (100.9 KB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / The Wall Street Journal / New York / 25 June 2014

    No Longer Empty's 'If You Build It' Opens at Harlem's Sugar Hill: Group Holds Exhibits In Places That Rarely See Contemporary Art by Jessica Dawson (377.5 KB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / Art South Africa / South Africa / Issue 4 / June 2014

    Hank Willis Thomas, History Doesn't Laugh by Thsolofelo Moche (596 KB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / Business Day Live / Johannesburg / 6 March 2014

    Series of new takes on old images suggests that context is the key by Chris Thurman ()

    Hank Willis Thomas / Mail & Guardian / Johannesburg / 4 March 2014

    'History Doesn't Laugh' For Hank Willis Thomas by Garreth Van Niekerk ()

    Hank Willis Thomas / Time Lightbox / United States / 19 April 2011

    Erasing Type: Hank Willis Thomas on What Advertisements are Really Saying by Time Photo Department (239 KB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / Wanted Magazine / South Africa / May 2010

    Flipping the Script by Nadine Rubin Nathan (5 MB)