Daniel J Martinez, “I Can’t Ever Imagine Wanting To Be White”, Metal Button, Whitney Biennial, 1993, Signed by artist

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In his review of the 1993 Whitney Biennial, the New York Times critic Michael Kimmelman took the show to task for privileging “political sloganeering and self-indulgent self-expression.”

This key work from the 1993 Biennial captures the politicized spirit of that Biennial. Daniel J Martinez substituted his own tags for the tags generally used by The Whitney Museum as entrance. Most tags were segments of the phrase “I can’t ever imagine wanting to be white.” Not only is this one of the rare tags that included the entire phrase, but it has also been signed on the back by the artist.

It even made the cover of the May issue of Artforum.

 

Tag Size: 1 x 1.5 inches

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African Diaspora Daniel J Martinez Political Uncategorized Whitney Biennial Whitney Museum