Status Symbols, #20
A modern-day coat of arms assembled from images of luxury consumer items, this collage could be regarded as a catalogue of status symbols coveted by contemporary celebrities. Within the traditional heraldic format, the central image of rapper LL Cool J is flanked by large gold Rolex watches. Inspired by coats of arms on the facades of historical European buildings, Rashaad Newsome brings this tradition, which originated in the mid-twelfth century, into the present.
Collage on paper
30 x 22 1/8 in. (76.2 x 56.2 cm)
Frame: 33 3/8 x 25 1/4 x 1 1/2 in. (84.8 x 64.1 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
Robert A. Levinson Fund
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Rashaad Newsome (American, born 1979). Status Symbols, #20, 2009. Collage on paper, 30 x 22 1/8 in. (76.2 x 56.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Robert A. Levinson Fund, 2010.9. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2010.9_PS11.jpg)
overall, 2010.9_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2022
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