Monday, August 3, 2009

Artist of the Week - Renée Cox

Renée Cox

Renee Cox is a highly political and controversial Jamaican / American artist. She often uses her own body, both clothed and nude, to illustrate her perceptions of black womanhood within a racist and sexist society.

They Say a Madman Wrote This Series

Queen Nanny of the Maroons Series

River QueenNanny Warrior

Mother to us All

Lolyvia 2004

The Raje Series
(depicts Cox as a black woman superhero)

The Liberation of Aunt Jemima at Uncle Ben's

Chillin with Miss Liberty

Raje and the Sphinx

Lost in Space 1998

The Distinct Charm of the Bougies

Miss Thang


Yo Mama's Last Supper
See detail slides here(it's worth checking out the entire gallery)
Renee Cox standing in front of Yo Mama's Last Supper Brooklyn Museum of ArtRudy Giuliani has a hissy-fit over Renee Cox's Yo Mama's Last Supper and other "anti-Catholic" works of art. Renee Cox's response: "

"Get over it!" Cox said. "Why can't a woman be Christ? We are the givers of life!"

American Family Series

Yo Mama Series

Yo Mama &
Your Mama (the sequel)

1993 and 1996

Flippin' the Script Series

Atlas (World Up)

Other Articles on Renee Cox

Salon article Using Her Body here


  1. WOW - what amazing conceptions! I LOVE IT when artists see things I'd never imagine.

    Great find, Gina. :)

  2. Wow, I hadn't seen her work before. It's wonderful and I'm very glad you posted it.

  3. CR and Susan: she's gone straight to the top of my list of contemporary artists who really have something accessible to say to us and not just useless, esoteric drivel.

    Thank you both for checking out the post - it took me forever to put it together!

  4. she is a goddess and a wonder

    I got into her after the show in Brooklyn
    Rudy killed me with his "hissy fit" as you so beautifully put it

    given he's a liar, cheater, adulterer I was so touched by his concern for Christian values - they were so well placed outside of himself ;)

  5. Di: I just get Renee Cox on a gut-level. If someone were to say they don't get it, I would be at a loss to explain it. Then again, she makes sense. For those to whom it does not make sense can shut up about it, already. It doesn't have to touch their narrow lives if they don't want it to.

    Doesn't she look like she's on tip-toes like Barbie, in the black and white shot holding the child?

  6. Awesome from many perspectives. Natural art. Statements made, powerfully, without words.

  7. great great dramatic intense post - loved the all of it -

  8. An incredible photographic essay on this marvelous artist! :)

  9. Spadoman, Gypsy and Mary. It's always a pleasure to see what art people who read the blog will like. I'm glad you all enjoyed as much as I did putting the post together and discovering so much more about Renee Cox than Yo Mama's Last Supper - for which she got all the flack.


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