"(Forever Free) Tommy Hilnigguh" (1999)

"(Forever Free) Tommy Hilnigguh," 1999
Acrylic latex, stain, and copper penny on canvas, 36 x 60 1/4 inches
Private collection
Photo by Beth Phillips
Courtesy Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York

"A lot of blacks have accused me of perpetuating stereotypes, and I think there's a fine line between perpetuating something and questioning something. I like to get as close to it as possible in order, I guess, to create that tension, to evoke thought and to have people question how they deal with these images."

- Michael Ray Charles