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Artists use stereotypes for varied purposes, sometimes ironically or critically, other times as mere description.  
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An advertisting image is used in Betye Saar's The Liberation of Aunt Jemima.
University of California, Berkeley Art Museum; purchased with the aid of funds from the National Endowment for the Arts (Selected by the Committee for the Acquisition of Afro-American Art.) Photographed for the UC Berkeley Art Museum by Benjamin Blackwell.

After a great deal of haggling and squabbling, Fagin beat down the amount of the required advance from five pounds to three pounds four and sixpence: protesting with many solemn asseverations that that would only leave him eighteenpence to keep house with."

Charles Dickens frequently refers to the villain, Fagin, only as "The Jew" in Oliver Twist.


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References to Asian facial features are part of Yong Soon Min's photography. This example, Objectified Other, is from an installation of four photographs.
Photograph courtesy
of Yong Soon Min.

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Stereotypical images, such as this cartoon, are used in the art of Roy Lichtenstein. This painting is entitled Girl at Piano.
Copyright - Estate of Roy Lichtenstein, used by permission.



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