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Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
2685 S La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90034 | T 310 838 6000


Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), 2011

In this artist's book, Gonzales-Day looks to the depiction of race and the construction of whiteness as points of departure from which to consider the evolution and transformation of Enlightenment ideas about freedom, class, and even progress as reflected in the depiction of the human form and the portrait bust in particular. Profiled begins after these dated ideologies and their aesthetic manifestations have run their course, but the project is as much about the present as it is the past. Cast, carved, burned, and broken, these are the shadows of people that once lived in this world, or in the imaginations of their makers; they are subtle reminders of the kinds of philosophical, legal, and scientific claims that once depended upon appearance alone. This project seeks to integrate these motionless—yet multivalent—forms into the complex history of racial formation. Encompassing everything from memorials of emperors and kings to gods and goddesses, Orientalist follies, and racial typologies—together they provide a new perspective on what it means to be profiled in our own time. The book includes a short essay by the artist and over a hundred lush color reproductions. A special collector's edition is also available. Click below to order from LACMA. $50.00 ORDER BOOK

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Category: Book
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 12 x 10 in.
Format: Hardcover
Binding: sewn
Process: offset
Color: color

Price: $50.00     Contact: Luis De Jesus Los Angeles