"(Forever Free) ‘Servin with a smile’" (1994)

"(Forever Free) ‘Servin with a smile’," 1994
Acrylic latex and copper penny on paper, 40 x 26 inches
Private collection
Photo by Beth Phillips
Courtesy Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York

"I've seen some black folks refer to these images as black folks. I've seen and heard white folk refer to these images as black folks. And it's really disturbing. They don't say images, they don't say representations, whether grotesque or accurate or abstracted...That's troublesome because...they're images that are constructed, they're both black and white, conceived in a white mind and believed in the black mind."
- Michael Ray Charles