"(Forever Free) Art n American" (2000)

"(Forever Free) Art n American," 2000
Acrylic latex and copper penny on canvas, 84 x 60 inches
Private collection
Photo by Beth Phillips
Courtesy Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York

"The notions of blackness linked to humor, blackness linked to the entertainer, blackness linked to the body- all of those things are embodied in or have been packaged with the caricature of the Sambo, the darkie, the pickaninnies, and products throughout early advertising, in the 19th century and well into the 20th century."

- Michael Ray Charles