"(Forever Free) Buy Black!" (1996)

"(Forever Free) Buy Black!," 1996
Acrylic latex, stain, and copper penny on paper, 30 3/4 x 24 1/4 inches
Private collection
Photo by Beth Phillips
Courtesy Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York

"You've got to think of how these images were used in American culture...they were everywhere and they were used to market anything from oils to ink, from food products to clothing...People operate from an emotional place when they see these images because they think of the past as being something that happened and that the concepts don't linger. But these concepts continue to affect us in many ways, in modern concepts of advertising as well as in contemporary advertisements."

- Michael Ray Charles