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Carrie Mae Weems (American, b.1953)
LOT ID: 81488
Tell me, I beseech you, when I casted my vote to you, did I cast it to the wind?, 1996

Chromogenic Print (C-print)
18.88 х 23 in. (47.96 x 58.42 cm.)
Signed, and numbered verso
Print/Casting Year 1996
Edition of 75
Lot description
Artwork measures 18.88 x 23 inches (48 x 58.4 cm). Framed dimensions are 20 x 24 inches (50.8 x 61 cm).

This 1996 photograph by Carrie Mae Weems makes reference to nineteenth-century French artist Gustave Le Gray's painterly early photographs, which often captured light effects over the sea. The present work is typical of Weems's body of work, which often juxtaposes historical or anthropological images with evocative, poetic texts.

Carrie Mae Weems (American, b. 1953) is a contemporary photographer. She earned a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1981 and an MFA in Photography from the University of California, San Diego in 1984. From 1984 until 1987, Weems studied folklore at the University of California, Berkeley. She is best known for creating installations using photographs, text, captions, and audio recordings. Weems's work often confronts viewers with the issues of racism, identity, and gender and frequently explores these themes through the lenses of both personal and national history. Her first major work, "Family Pictures and Stories" (1978–1984), is a family photo album comprised of images integrated with text and interviews. Weems cites Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston as writers who had a significant impact on her interests and artistic style. In 1993, Weems created her "Africa" Series after her first visit to Africa, and combined photographs of African architectural structures with a story describing the origins of life. Weems's work is included in many prestigious public collections, including those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo in Sevilla, Spain. She lives and works in upstate New York.

Tell me, I beseech you, when I casted my vote to you, did I cast it to the wind? by Carrie Mae Weems
  • Tell me, I beseech you, when I casted my vote to you, did I cast it to the wind? by Carrie Mae Weems
  • Tell me, I beseech you, when I casted my vote to you, did I cast it to the wind? by Carrie Mae Weems
  • Tell me, I beseech you, when I casted my vote to you, did I cast it to the wind? by Carrie Mae Weems
  • Tell me, I beseech you, when I casted my vote to you, did I cast it to the wind? by Carrie Mae Weems
  • Tell me, I beseech you, when I casted my vote to you, did I cast it to the wind? by Carrie Mae Weems
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