African Fantasy - from the "Fantasies" series by Lamar G. Baker

African Fantasy - from the Fantasies series by Lamar G. Baker

African Fantasy - from the "Fantasies" series

Lamar G. Baker

Title

African Fantasy - from the "Fantasies" series

 
Artist

Lamar G. Baker

  1908 - 1994 (biography)
Year
1936  
Technique
lithograph 
Image Size
11 9/16 x 8 3/4" image size 
Signature
pencil, lower right; initialed in the stone, lower left 
Edition Size
unnumbered, from an edition of around 15 
Annotations
pencil titled, lower left; dated in the stone, lower left 
Reference
 
Paper
cream wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
23024 
Price
$500.00 
Description
From the series "Fantasies", a collection of images that are commentary on sociopolitical subjects. Titles also included "School," "Commuter's Fantasy," and "Mars". An African idol or fetish and carved masks are chained to two looming symbols of white Western wealth: a tuxedo and a nightmarishly oversized satin high heel. Baker did not shrink from exploring difficult and often controversial ideas, using art as a platform to critique the hypocrisy of social norms and prejudices. While his work often falls into the Surrealist catgory it was often less veiled than many of his contemporaries.