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Oath

Deana Lawson

Contemporary Art

Shooting primarily in the United States and the Caribbean, Deana Lawson is inspired by the expression and aesthetics of black cultures worldwide. Using a large-format camera, and working across a variety of photographic traditions—including portraiture, staged scenes, found or appropriated imagery, and vernacular photography such as family albums—she addresses themes of the body, sensuality, community, and spirituality, among others. Lawson’s photographs can be seen as psychological portraits of black subjects in an extended, mythological diasporic family.
MEDIUM Pigment print
DATES 2013
DIMENSIONS 40 x 50 in. (101.6 x 127 cm) frame: 41 x 51 in. (104.1 x 129.5 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed verso
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2015.6.1
CREDIT LINE William K. Jacobs, Jr. Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT ©Deana Lawson
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CAPTION Deana Lawson (American, born 1979). Oath, 2013. Pigment print, 40 x 50 in. (101.6 x 127 cm). Brooklyn Museum, William K. Jacobs, Jr. Fund, 2015.6.1. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Image courtesy of the artist, CUR.2015.6.1_Lawson_photograph.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.2015.6.1_Lawson_photograph.jpg. Image courtesy of the artist
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Deana Lawson (American, born 1979). <em>Oath</em>, 2013. Pigment print, 40 x 50 in. (101.6 x 127 cm). Brooklyn Museum, William K. Jacobs, Jr. Fund, 2015.6.1. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Image courtesy of the artist, CUR.2015.6.1_Lawson_photograph.jpg)