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Black Art Matters Pencil Set

Black Art Matters Pencil Set

By Willie Cole

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Black Art Matters is an affirmation of the importance and presence of Black Art socially, academically, culturally, and institutionally. It both teaches and celebrates the Black artist's contribution to the human experience.

  • Set of 5 unsharpened black pencils with black erasers
  • "BLACK ART MATTERS" stamped in orange
  • Made in USA
  • Comes packaged on product card in plastic
  • A portion of proceeds supports Wells Bring Hope

Explore related artwork by Willie Cole at the Chrysler Museum

Product Details

  • Product type: Pencils
  • Shipping weight: 0.19 lb (3.0 oz; 85 g)
  • SKU010006040

About the Artist, Willie Cole

Willie Cole

The Mission of Willie Cole’s Black Art Matters initiative is to advocate for Black Artists, bringing Black art up-close and up-front to cultural destinations around the world. Black Art Matters is Black imagination at work for a better world.

Saving Lives

10% of the proceeds from the sale of Willie Cole’s Black Art Matters merchandise is donated to Wells Bring Hope, whose mission is saving lives with safe water. Learn more and donate at wellsbringhope.org.

Willie Cole’s art is in the permanent collection of major museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; The Museum of Modern Art, NYC; The Newark Museum of Art, Newark and the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia.

About the Design

Since 1988, Willie Cole has repeatedly returned to the iron to conjure multiple meanings and associations. His technique consists of scorching a raw canvas with a steam iron until the surface starts to burn. The iron imagery suggests domestic labor and traditional femininity, perhaps honoring his mother’s and grandmother’s work as housekeepers. The scorched marks also speak to painful aspects of African American history. The hull-like shape recalls images of slave ships packed tightly with human cargo, and the burnt surface suggests the way slave owners sometimes branded the enslaved.

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Your purchase supports the mission and programs of the Chrysler Museum of Art (including the Perry Glass Studio, and the Moses Myers House). We couldn't do what we do without you. Thank you.

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