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I Can't Dance

30 3/16 x 22 7/16 in. (76.7 x 57 cm)

Robert Colescott
United States (Oakland, CA, 1925 - 2009, Tucson, AZ)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Lithograph
Credit Line: Gift of the Chase Manhattan Bank
Accession Number: 1997.1.6
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Location: Not currently on view

Edition: 11/70

Artists Proofs: 4
Trial Proofs: 5
B.A.T.: 1
Printers Proofs: 4
Hors Commerce: 11
Printer: Marina Ancona
Publisher: Hand Graphics, Santa Fe, NM
Portfolio: Resounding Heart

Colescott uses satire and wit to deal with issues that concern him in our multicultural society. He explains that his works on paper “are often the sandbox for ideas that are off the track and something that I may do in paintings.” Here, the artist pokes fun at the cultural stereotype that African Americans are good dancers.

In 1997, at the age of seventy-one, Colescott became the first African-American artist to represent the U.S. at the Venice Biennale, the oldest and most renowned contemporary art festival in the world.
This is one of eight lithographs by pre-eminent African American artists included in the Resounding Heart Portfolio “to document the historical and evolutionary journey of the Black experience.”

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