"(Liberty Brothers Permanent Daily Circus) Blue Period" (1995)

"(Liberty Brothers Permanent Daily Circus) Blue Period," 1995
Acrylic latex, oil wash, stain, and copper penny on paper, 60 1/2 x 36 1/2 inches
Private collection
Photo by Beth Phillips
Courtesy Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York

"One could think about notions of blackness and how they're linked to entertainment, athleticism, sports (which has become another form of entertainment) but never intellectualism for the most part. And if that is the case, it's very rare. But for the most part, collectively, I would say that blackness continues to hover around this comfort zone of entertainment- providers of entertainment."
- Michael Ray Charles