Collage of sixteen female heads in a grid - taken from magazine advertisements aimed at African American consumers - with various colorful materials shaped in hairdos over each head, from the portfolio "DeLuxe," 2004–5, by Ellen Gallagher.Gallagher's "Abu Simbel," from 2005, depicting ancient Egyptian sculptures with small faces collaged everywhere and a yellow UFO hovering above lined with turquoise fur.Untitled from the "DeLuxe" portfolio, with a liquor advertisement for Coronet VSQ Brandy on the left, next to a collage drawing of African American female heads with googly eyes on the right. A still from “Osedax,” a 2010 film installation by Ellen Gallagher and Edgar Cleijne, showing an image of glass slides hand-painted with colorful watery, psychedelic abstractions.











The VRC has just added over 30 images of pieces by Ellen Gallagher (b. 1965, Providence, RI) and there's even more to come next week!

Gallagher's work examines the development of African-American stereotypes [partly by incorporating pop culture ephemera and postwar-era advertisements for wigs, hairstyles and skin products particularly aimed towards African-American women] while also emphasizing artistic formal processes and materiality through various mediums. LEARN MORE ABOUT HER HERE!

Make sure to check back on MDID to see the other truly awesome artworks we have added by her.

Also, don't forget you can browse the numerous books we have on her at the Library

IMAGES (left to right): From the portfolio "DeLuxe," 2004–5. 60 works on paper, etching, screenprint, lithograph with plasticine, velvet, toy eyeballs and coconut oil, 38.9 x 32.5 x 4.6 cm (each). Tate Gallery; "Abu Simbel," 2005. Watercolors, colored pencils, varnish, plasticine, fur, gold leaf, crystal, 62 x 90 cm; From the portfolio "DeLuxe," 2004–5. 60 works on paper, etching, screenprint, lithograph with plasticine, velvet, toy eyeballs and coconut oil, 38.9 x 32.5 x 4.6 cm (each). Tate Gallery; (with Edgar Cleijne) Film still from the installation "Osedax," 2010. 16mm film, MDF panels, hand-painted slide projections and printed matter, video, 250.8 x 427 x 549 cm.