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Title
Brian and Paul
Artist
Dawoud Bey
Date
1993
Dimensions
overall installed 29.5 × 43.5 inches
Materials
Polaroid
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Photographs (Photographs)
Accession Number
1994.74.1-.2
Edition
NA
Inscriptions
unsigned; NA
Physical Description
diptych
Credit Line
Justin Smith Purchase Fund, 1994

object label Dawoud Bey, Brian and Paul and Patrick (1993) Walker Art Center, 1999

During his long career, Dawoud Bey has moved from his earliest street photographs done in 1970s Harlem to formal studio portraits using a 20-by-24-inch Polaroid camera in the 1990s. These more recent works, such as Brian and Paul and Patrick, are saturated with color and narratives of American life.

Bey’s models, along with the artist, choose what they will wear and how they will be portrayed. Foregoing the traditional idea of a single “definitive moment” captured by a portrait, Bey uses multiple panels to show the many possible sides and faces of his subjects. Although he often works with teenagers, Bey also takes photographs of his friends and a range of communities.

Label text for Dawoud Bey, Brian and Paul and Patrick (1993), from the exhibition Black History Month, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, February 1999.

Copyright 1999 Walker Art Center