Untitled Species I.

by Lindsey Singer   | 
via pamm.org, from the Collection of Beitzel Fine Arts. Image courtesy of artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

via pamm.org, from the Collection of Beitzel Fine Arts. Image courtesy of artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

Ebony G. Patterson, Untitled Species I (detail), 2010-11. Caribbean: Crossroads of the World Exhibition at the Pérez Art Museum Miami through 17 August 2014.

And there’s a knockout collage portrait, finished last year, by Ebony G. Patterson, who divides her time between Jamaica and Lexington, Ky., of a young black man with a masklike white face. The image refers to the often-against-the-law world of Jamaican dance-hall culture, and specifically to its fashion for skin-bleaching as a cosmetic means of both attracting attention and — playing around with the idea, dating back to slavery and forward to Michael Jackson — determining social status based on skin color. 

Holland Cotter, New York Times.

 

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