Art Appreciation Monday: Renee Cox (Explicit)

This week, we look into the work of photographer and mixed-media artist, Renee Cox.

Born on October 16, 1960, in Colgate, Jamaica, Cox’s family eventually settled into New York. Her ambition began with film-making, but the instant gratification of photography quickly won her over.

Arguably one of the most controversial African-American artists working today, Cox uses her own body (clothed and nude) to celebrate black womanhood and provide commentary in a society rooted in racism and sexism. Her work ironically reflects Western Classical pieces, as well as Christianity.

A great deal of Cox’s work reflects Western Classical works, as well as Christianity.

She says:

“Christianity is big in the African-American community, but there are no representations of us. I took it upon myself to include people of color in these classic scenarios.”

You can check out some of her work below.

Renee Cox – Baby Back
Renee Cox – Olympia’s Boyz
Renee Cox – Taxi
Renee Cox – Lost In Space

Be sure to visit her website for even more content and information.

Art Appreciation Monday is a bi-weekly series that celebrates the achievements of artists of the past and present.


Author: Mike Tré

Mike is the co-creator of BLKBOARD who’s a creative professional and writer with an interest in Superheroes, literature, gaming, politics, food, and anything else he can think of at the given moment.