Aperture is pleased to release this limited-edition box set by Hank Willis Thomas in celebration of the publication All Things Being Equal. The set features a special limited-edition book with retro-reflective cover distinct from the trade edition, and limited-edition photograph It's More You, 2012 from the Fair Warning series. Here, the artist focuses on cigarette advertisements of the 1960's through the 1980's removing only the cigarettes from each image to draw attention to the use of glamour, pleasure, and sex appeal as the primary visual signifiers deployed to sell the product.  Both book and print are presented in a beautifully designed and titled black cloth slip-case.


All Things Being Equal will be the subject of a major exhibition at The Portland Art Museum, Portland Oregon opening in October 2019. 


Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal presents a survey of the artist’s prolific and extraordinary interdisciplinary career, with a particular focus on the work’s relationship to the photographic image and to issues of representation and perception. At the core of Hank Willis Thomas’s practice, is his ability to parse and critically dissect the flow of images that comprise American culture, with particular attention to race, gender, and cultural identity. Other powerful themes include the commodification of identity through popular media, sports, and advertising. In the ten years since his first publication, Pitch Blackness, Thomas has established himself as a significant voice in contemporary art, equally at home with collaborative, trans-media projects such as Question Bridge, Philly Block, and For Freedoms as he is with high-profile, international solo exhibitions. This extensive presentation of his work contextualizes the material with incisive essays from Portland Art Museum curators Julia Dolan and Sara Krajewski and art historian Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, and an in-depth interview between art historian Kellie Jones and the artist that elaborates on Thomas’s influences and inspirations.


Print:
It's More You, 2012
From Fair Warning
Digital C-print
9 x 12 inches


Book: 
9 1⁄2 x 11 1⁄2 in. (24.1 x 29.2 cm)
268 pages
265 black-and-white and four-color images
Specially bound retro-reflective hardback cover
Essays by Julia Dolan, Sara Krajewski, and Sarah Elizabeth Lewis 
Interview by Kellie Jones
Copublished by Aperture and Portland Art Museum, Oregon


Hank Willis Thomas (born in Plainfield, New Jersey, 1976) received his BFA from New York University, and an MFA in photography and an MA in visual criticism from California College of the Arts. His first monograph, Pitch Blackness, was published by Aperture in 2008. His collaborative projects include the book and traveling exhibition Question Bridge: Black Males, the installation In Search of the Truth, and For Freedoms, the first artist-run super PAC, founded in 2016. In 2017, Thomas received the AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize. He is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York and Goodman Gallery in South Africa.

share: