Hank Willis Thomas

Via New York, NY, USA

Hank Willis Thomas is a photo-conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He received a BFA in photography and Africana studies from New York University and his MFA/MA in photography and visual criticism from the California College of Arts. Thomas’s monograph, Pitch Blackness, was published by Aperture in 2008. He has exhibited in art spaces throughout the United States and abroad including Galerie Anne De Villepoix in Paris, Annarumma 404 in Milan, the Studio Museum in Harlem and Galerie Henrik Springmann in Berlin, among others. Thomas’s work is in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the High Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. His collaborative projects have been featured at the Sundance Film Festival and installed publicly at the Oakland International Airport, the Birmingham International Airport, the Oakland Museum of California and the University of California, San Francisco. Recent notable exhibitions include "Hank Willis Thomas" at the Cleveland Museum of Art, "Strange Fruit" at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, "Picture Windows: Hank Willis Thomas" in collaboration with Sanford Biggers at the International Center for Photography, and the Istanbul Biennial. Thomas is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City and Goodman Gallery in South Africa.


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