Vivian Browne Little Men #99 1967

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Browne emerged as an artist in New York in the late 1960s, soon becoming an influential figure in circles of Black and feminist artists and activists. These drawings are part of her series of “little men,” which feature ghoulish figures, often aging white men, behaving petulantly. One figure stands stiffly upright, shaking a raised fist; another seems about to liquify. Reflecting on the shocked responses her unflinchingly critical caricatures provoked at the time they were made, Browne said, “people are afraid of the reality. But I think that looking at that should not, perhaps, invoke fear so much as interest, action.”

Gallery label from 2021
Acrylic on paper
23 3/4 × 17 1/8" (60.3 × 43.5 cm)
Acquired through the generosity of James Keith Brown and Eric Diefenbach
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