Hank Willis Thomas


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Goodman Gallery at Art Basel Miami Beach

The Goodman Gallery attends Art Basel Mail Beach from the 4th to 7th of December at the Miami Convention centre, exhibiting the works by Willem Boshoff, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Mounir Fatmi, Kendell Geers, Alfredo Jaar, William Kentridge, Liza Lou, Mikhael Subotzky, Hank Willis Thomas and Jeremy Wafer. This year’s Art Basel Miami Beach’s Art Public sector features work by Goodman Gallery artists Jaar and Thomas while young artists Haroon Gunn-Salie and Gerald Machona both have work on the film sector. Tracey Rose will present a continuous performance piece in the Positions sector where she will be represented by Dan Gunn.

Hank Willis Thomas dialogues across America, teaches in Virginia

Hank Willis Thomas is included in the exhibition of works by the Goodman Gallery at Frieze London from 15–18 October. Thomas is teaching part-time this fall as a Visiting Artist in the graduate photography and film department at Virginia Commonwealth University. His transmedia project titled Question Bridge, which facilitates a dialogue between black men from diverse backgrounds, will be shown at a number of galleries across the United States throughout October, including the Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia from October 2 to January 3, 2015; the Schomburg Center for African American Culture and Research, New York City from October 3 to January 11, 2015; Winthrop University, Rock Hill, from October 7 to November 16; Rochester Contemporary Art, from October 3 to November 8; San Diego African American Museum of Art; and the Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY from October 23 to December 13. Thomas’ work is also on show in October at galleries in Ho Chi Minh City, Sao Paolo and Paris.

Hank Willis Thomas / Africans in America

Goodman Gallery is pleased to announce Africans in America, a three-part project curated by Hank Willis Thomas. The focus of the project is on artists who are African immigrants or first generation Americans of African parents living in the United States. Africans in America will launch in 2015 and alternate between Goodman Gallery spaces in Johannesburg and Cape Town leading up to the Gallery’s 50th anniversary in 2016. Thomas is a photo-conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He has a longstanding interest in the strains and connections between Africa, America and related notions of diaspora and home.

Hank Willis Thomas in Sugar Hill

Work by Hank Willis Thomas features within a new project by the organisation No Longer Empty titled If You Build It. The project takes root in Sugar Hill – the legendary epicenter of the Harlem Renaissance and is presented in partnership with Broadway Housing Communities at their newest site, designed by architect David Adjaye. Reflecting an integrated approach to housing and architecture, the project forges connections between art, architecture, community, and activism. The exhibition address cycles of urban decay and regeneration; building community through shared heritage; immigration and displacement. The exhibition runs at the corner of 155th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Sugar Hill, New York City until 10 August 2014.

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Press for Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas / Broadway World / United States / 27 February 2015

Exhibition of Contemporary Art + Collection Opens 3/13 at Jewish Museum By Visual Arts News Desk (117 KB)

Hank Willis Thomas / The Art News Paper / United Kingdom / 17 February 2015

“Through a Lens Darkly” aims to show the hidden history of African American artists using the medium By Iain Millar (100.9 KB)

Hank Willis Thomas / The Wall Street Journal / New York / 25 June 2014

No Longer Empty's 'If You Build It' Opens at Harlem's Sugar Hill: Group Holds Exhibits In Places That Rarely See Contemporary Art by Jessica Dawson (377.5 KB)

Hank Willis Thomas / Art South Africa / South Africa / Issue 4 / June 2014

Hank Willis Thomas, History Doesn't Laugh by Thsolofelo Moche (596 KB)

Hank Willis Thomas / Business Day Live / Johannesburg / 6 March 2014

Series of new takes on old images suggests that context is the key by Chris Thurman ()

Hank Willis Thomas / Mail & Guardian / Johannesburg / 4 March 2014

'History Doesn't Laugh' For Hank Willis Thomas by Garreth Van Niekerk ()

Hank Willis Thomas / Time Lightbox / United States / 19 April 2011

Erasing Type: Hank Willis Thomas on What Advertisements are Really Saying by Time Photo Department (239 KB)

Hank Willis Thomas / Wanted Magazine / South Africa / May 2010

Flipping the Script by Nadine Rubin Nathan (5 MB)
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