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   Willie Cole

 

 

 

 

 

Bronx Bambi

2015

shoes, nylon thread, stainless steel wire, screws

ca. 22 by 17 by 11 in.

ca. 56 by 43 by 28 cm

 

 

 

 

Goldylicks

2015

shoes, nylon thread, stainless steel wire, screws

ca. 17 by 15.25 by 8.25 in.

ca. 43 by 38.8 by 21 cm

 

 

 

 

 

NEW 3ft WILLIE COLE "WORRIER" BRONZE NOW AVAILABLE



click on above image for more information on Willie Cole's new 3ft tall bronze



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Warrior Seeds

2012
iron scorches and acrylic on wood
ca. 47 3/4 by 43  in







Middle Passage

2012
iron scorches on wood
ca. 24 by 19 3/4  in.
















MBF (Man's Best Friend) III

2014
shoes, metal wire
ca. 19.5 by 7.5 in.
ca. 21 in. H














    

MBF (Man's Best Friend) IV

2014
shoes, metal wire
ca. 15 by 22 in.
ca. 17 in. H




Willie Cole Downtown Goddess bronzeWillie Cole Downtown Goddess bronze
click on the image to access Willie Cole's new bronze sculpture

 
Downtown Goddess
2012
bronze
pictured: "warm black" finish
one of a limited edition of 7
(each of the 7 in a different color/color combination)
ca. 36  by  9  by  9  in.











Five Stances For Domestic Defense


a set of five scorches on paper, framed individually

2013
scorches on paper

24 by 18 in. each






GE Couple

scorches on a double sheet of paper, framed

2013
scorches on paper

24 by 36 in.






Scene From A Silex Wedding (Scene 1)

scorches on two individual sheets of paper, framed together

2013
scorches on paper

ca. 26 by 13 1/8 in. each







Scene From A Silex Wedding (Scene 2)


scorches on two individual sheets of paper, framed together

2013
scorches on paper

ca. 26 by 13 1/8 in. each








Hot Head

2013
scorches on paper, framed

24 by 18 in.








GE Domestic Warrior

2013
scorches on paper, framed

24 by 18 in.








GE Domestic Warrior Welcome

2013
scorches on paper, framed

24 by 18 in.












Ironmaster/GE Male Figure

1998
metal iron parts, cord, wood, and wool
ca. 36 by 14 by 15 in


included in both Willie Cole publications ("AFTERBURN, selected works 1997-2004", page 9
and "ANXIOUS OBJECTS, Willie Cole's Favorite Brands", Rutgers Univ. Press 2006, page 71)















E21000TM

1991
Photolithograph, with metallic powder additions
and collage (chine colle) on black Arches paper
THIS WORK IS INCLUDED IN THE PERMANENT COLLECTION OF MoMA
see also image (detail) hereunder
edition of 30
signed and editioned on front
ca. 41 1/2  by  30 in.





click on the small image hereunder
and see the one in the MOMA collection











Civil Constrictor

2013
oil paint on vintage fire hose

  dims variable (as installed ca. 7 by 55 by 30 in.)







Birmingham Rattle Snake

2013
oil paint on vintage fire hose
 
dims variable (as installed ca. 40 by 36 by 18 in.)







Home Mark

2011
edition of only 16 !
intaglio print (spit bite and aquatint) on Rives BFK paper
signed, editioned, titled, and dated
ca. 23 3/4 by 18 5/8 on ca. 31 3/8 by 23 3/4 in. paper






¡No mas!

2011
edition of only 8 !!!
line etch, aquatint and chine collé on Rives BFK paper
signed, editioned, titled, and dated

ca 26 1/2 by 20 1/4 on ca. 32 1/2 by 25 1/2 in. paper





a rare Stowage Study



Stowage Study
1997
woodcut
red ink, and red tape on paper

ca. 56 1/4 by 104 3/4 in.


"I think that when one culture is dominated by another culture, the energy or powers or gods of the previous culture hide in the vehicles of the new cultures. . .
I think the spirit of Shango (Yoruba god of thunder and lightning) is a force hidden in the iron because of the fire, and the power of Ogun--his element is iron--is also hidden in these metal objects.

Stowage is a woodcut, and it's made by embedding actual objects into plywood, then inking those objects and the wood itself, and then putting paper with that and burnishing the back of the paper. So, it's probably one of the most primitive styles of printmaking. I cut holes in the plywood, and then I cut circles to fit the hole, and then I cut the shape of the iron out of the circle that fits the hole, and I put the iron sole into the hole. The reason I did it that way is because I wanted to use the line from the cut as part of the design. I could have just put the iron into the plywood, only cutting out the shape of the iron, but I wanted to have the circle around it also. Then the center panel is actually a piece of plywood where the shape of the ironing board has been cut out and then the ironing board is embedded in that. The word "stowage" refers to human cargo on a ship, transporting slaves to the so-called "new world." I discovered this image in a history book that I had received when I was a kid called Ebony Guide to Negro History. It came out in maybe 1965, and they had this chart that showed the slave ship. It's a very popular image, it's probably in most history books. They don't show you the real serious, heart–wrenching images. They show you the drawing of the ship, and the drawing of the slaves stacked like sardines. As soon as I saw that image, it looked like an ironing board to me. And the same way I have a collection of irons, at that time I had a collection of ironing boards too. So I chose one that had lots of detail, because there were lots of slaves stashed or stuffed in every ship. And the iron images around there can represent the way the slaves were laid into the ship, or they can represent the various tribes that each African came from, before they became slaves in the U.S. So it's kind of like a chart, too, to indicate these things. The piece is made as a woodcut because I wanted the patterns in the plywood to simulate the patterns in the ocean.
"


   -- Willie Cole
 
 







Tji Wara Mother and Child #1

2008
bicycle parts
ca. 33 by 16 by 32 in
















Pressed Iron Blossom No. 3

2005
last one available (edition of 22 is sold out)
5-color lithograph on white Somerset satin
  signed in pencil, mention "approval to print",
and dated 12/20/05 (on back)

35 7/8  by  47 3/4  in.






      

Curious Iron
2011
intaglio on BFK Rives
12 by 7 1/2 in.
(image 6 7/8  by  3 3/8 in.)

edition of 8 only !!!
signed and editioned on front
titled and dated on back






Men of Iron


last one available of only two APs!!!

Men of Iron   AP 1/2

2004
archival inkjet print
edition of 30 + 2APs
ca. 21 by 28 in.

signed, titled, and editioned on front



Wayside



last one of only two APs

Wayside

"A SOWER WENT FORTH TO SOW,
AND WHEN HE SOWED,
SOME SEEDS FELL BY THE WAYSIDE... "


1998
c-print,
edition OF 5 + 2 APs
27 1/4 by 21 3/4 in.


  Also available : a very rare large version of
Wayside
(only 2 were printed, of which only one remains available !!!)
1998, c-print
ca. 37 by 28 3/4 in. (!!)





 
beta pictoris gallery's booth at the 2014 Volta NY art fair highlighting gallery artist Willie Cole's work
with a solo booth presentation of selected works, spanning 25 years of practice by the artist.

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Willie Cole FIRE/FLY exhibition at beta pictoris reviewed in WELD
(click on image hereunder to read the review)



 

 

 

Good Old Days

 

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Good Old Days or 200 Gods explores the many shades of meaning of the word or name "GOD" and is presented in the exhibition as an installation of  200 contextual acronyms exploring world religion, mythology, and popular culture as text on eight large scale window shades and recited on recording as a sermon like spoken word poem.
Text includes Christian, Hebrew, Hindu, Yoruba, literary, and fairy tale reference among others.
Written in a compact, concise "head line" style they discuss both life and afterlife, both salvation and damnation.