Untitled (Black Face), 2007


Gift of William P. Kosmasexpand_more  2018.123.2.1

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Best known as a cartoonist and book illustrator, David Shrigley uses wit, satire, and deadpan humor to explore such serious issues as unemployment and child welfare, while also presenting bizarre observational parodies of everyday life. Choosing familiar objects, expressions, and situations as his subjects, Shrigley has developed a simplified representational style that belies the conceptual sophistication of his images.

In Untitled (Black Faces), one of ten black-and-white woodcuts from an untitled portfolio, Shrigley portrays two figures in intimate conversation, skillfully exploiting the distinctive shapes and grain patterns of the wood blocks he used to print his image. Other woodcuts in the series reveal fresh perspectives on ordinary objects like a stop sign, or common expressions like “dear god,” inviting viewers to be open to new meanings and unexpected associations.

Untitled (Black Face)
Artist Life
born 1968
Accession Number
(Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen); William P. Kosmas, London, England (d. 2017); Estate of William P. Kosmas, Minneapolis; given to MIA, 2018.
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