“The Black image (experience) is usually used as my vehicle—thus the particulars of ‘our’ community are employed as a microcosm of universals articulating the human condition.” -Robert Carter, 1976
Robert Carter’s art communicates his social, political, and personal ideas and develops a connection with viewers. His artistic process begins with painting a figure in the composition that will act as a catalyst for the main message he wants to convey in his work. In Made in the U.S.A, Carter presents a dialogue on slavery and African American citizenship in the United States, depicting a young Black girl posing, not unlike an incarcerated photograph, with identification numbers and thumbprints.
Title: Made in the U.S.A
Artist: Robert Carter (b. 1938)
Medium: mixed media on pressed wood board
Dimensions: Image: 68 x 48 inches; Framed: 73 x 53 inches
Accession Number: H77.13
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