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Enrique Chagoya

Thesis/Antithesis
1997

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Date
1997

Classification
Prints

Medium
Monotype

Dimensions
Sheet: 22 9/16 × 30 1/8in. (57.3 × 76.5 cm) Image: 22 9/16 × 30 1/8in. (57.3 × 76.5 cm)

Accession number
98.41.1

Edition
1/1

Publication
Printed and published by Shark's Ink

Credit line
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Print Committee

Rights and reproductions
© 1997 Enrique Chagoya

Mexican-born artist Enrique Chagoya moved to the United States in 1979, settling in California. He describes his work as “a conceptual fusion of opposite cultural realities that I have experienced in my lifetime.” Chagoya often examines interchanges between North and Central American cultures, considering how stereotypes and nationalist imagery function as means of political control. In this monotype, shiny, black wingtip shoes attached to suited legs mirror a pair of inverted bare feet below, illustrating the polarizing theme announced in the work’s title. The red and black palette may refer to Soviet agitprop as well as Aztec symbolism, in which the colors represent the duality and interdependence of opposites. 



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