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Ellen Gallagher

b. 1965

2 WORKS ONLINE OF 9 WORKS IN THE MUSEUM COLLECTION
Ellen Gallagher, DeLuxe, 2004–05. Mixed media, sixty images: 13 × 10 1/2 in. (33 × 26.7 cm) each; 84 1/2 × 179 in. (214.6 × 444.5 cm) overall. Edition no. 1/20. Printed and published by Two Palms Press, New York. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase  2006.340a-hhh
Ellen Gallagher breaks the boundaries of traditional art by using materials and found images in unexpected ways. Her work often looks at how African Americans have been represented and stereotyped. She also explores her own identity and experience as an American woman of African and Irish descent. In DeLuxe (2004-2005), Gallagher experimented with printmaking by using materials including Plasticine and glitter to transform old advertisements for beauty products targeted at African Americans into a work of art.
About the artist
Ellen Gallagher was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1965 to an African father and an Irish mother. When she was a child, Gallagher and her best friend would make things together at her family home. She remembers: “At times we would have these whole cities that would take up rooms and stretch out all over the house. But they were also very abstract, like “This piece of cardboard is a pool” and so forth.”

“Although I certainly went to museums as a kid, I came from a carpentry background . . . ” 

—Ellen Gallagher

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Ellen Gallagher, Watery Ecstatic, 2001  2003.73