Renee Cox: Challenging Stereotypes and Empowering Minorities through Art

Repeating Islands

Phillip Spradley won the July section of the Icons of Culture Competition  with his essay “Renee Cox: Challenging Stereotypes and Empowering Minorities through Art:” “Fierce, fabulous, and one of the most controversial African American artists of our time, Renee Cox uses photography to question our views on the state of politics, race relations, the female body, the role of women and feminism today. To do so, the artist turns stereotypical representations on their head.”

Cox was born in Colgate, Jamaica in 1960. Her family moved to Queens, New York when she was still a baby before settling in Scarsdale where she spent her adolescence. Cox completed her undergraduate studies at Syracuse University, where she was a film major. After graduating, she devoted her time to photography and concentrated on shooting fashion in Paris. In early 1992, Cox completed her Masters of Fine Arts from the School of Visual…

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Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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